It's been two years since the Foo Fighters
released any new music, with the Saint Cecilia
EP back in 2015. The dry spell is almost over; the band will be releasing Concrete and Gold
this Friday, thank God. There have been only two singles released from Concrete and Gold
so far, but there has been a lot of news about the album. Here is everything we know about it.
1. The Album Will Feature Justin Timberlake.
Dave Grohl told Annie Mac of BBC Radio 1 that there are a ton of guests on the album, and that "there's one who is probably the biggest pop star in the world and -- I'm not kidding -- sings backup on one of the heaviest songs on the record." Grohl kept up the ruse for a long time, but eventually revealed that the big pop star is none other than Justin Timberlake
. According to Grohl, he and Justin were "casually" hanging out one day, as music superstars do, and Justin asked if he could be on the new album so that he could brag to his friends. And so, Justin provides "subtle backing vocals" on what Dave says is the heaviest song on the album. Exciting.
2. Paul McCartney Plays on a Song.
' bassist extraordinaire, is another one of the guests featured on Concrete and Gold
. But instead of playing his usual instrument, McCartney will be playing the drums. Paul came into the studio one day, sat down at his special drum set, and nailed his part in two takes. He hadn't even heard the song before recording, but when you're a musical legend, you don't need to prepare! You just get it right.
3. Dave Grohl Directed the Two Music Videos Released for the Album.
There seems to be very little that Dave Grohl can't do. For those of you who don't know, Dave used to be the drummer for Nirvana
. He's also the lead vocalist and guitarist of the Foo Fighters, obviously. And he's a director. Dave directed the music videos for "Run" and "The Sky Is A Universe," the latter of which features his daughters Violet and Harper. Dave has also announced that he will be directing a major motion picture in the near(ish) future.
4. The Entire Plan for the Album Was Changed Thanks to One Woman.
When Concrete and Gold
was still just an idea, Dave Grohl wanted to record the album live in front of an audience. He booked a night at the Hollywood Bowl and was going to build a studio on the stage, and record the album in front of 20,000 people that the venue holds. Those plans changed however, when Dave found out English singer-songwriter PJ Harvey
did pretty much the same thing before them. She had set up a studio as an instillation in an artist workspace, and anyone was welcome to go and watch. So instead of recording the album in front of 20,000 people, Dave decided to have his own music festival. Ya know, as people do.
5. Dave Grohl Called This the Biggest Foo Fighters Album Ever.
Dave stated that he wanted Concrete and Gold
to be huge. Like, Foo Fighter's biggest album ever, huge. To achieve this goal, the album was produced by Greg Kurstin, who has crafted giant hits for the likes of Adele
, Katy Perry
, and P!nk
. Together, the Foo Fighters and Kurstin have created an album that Dave considers to be the Foo Fighter's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
, aka huge.
6. The Tour for Concrete and Gold Will be Huge
The Foo Fighters will be embarking on a massive arena tour throughout the United States this fall, which will include Grohl's festival CalJam 2017 in San Bernardino, California. In early 2018, the Foo Fighters will be hitting the road with another alternative rock powerhouse, Weezer
. Unfortunately for us in the US, that tour will be happening in Australia and New Zealand.
So, that's all we know so far regarding Concrete and Gold
. Well, we also know that the album is going to be fantastic, but I'm sure I don't need to tell you that.