Wasting Light is the seventh studio album by American rock band Foo Fighters. It is set to be released on April 12, 2011, and is the band's first album in almost four years. Although guitarist Pat Smear has performed live with the band since 2006, Wasting Light is the first album to feature him as an official member since 1997's The Colour and the Shape. The title is taken from the lyrics of the song "Miss the Misery". Bob Mould sings and plays guitar on the album's third track, "Dear Rosemary".
Recording of the album began August 16, 2010 with producer Butch Vig, who had previously produced the two new tracks for the band's Greatest Hits album. The album was recorded in Dave Grohl's garage using only analog equipment. Vig said in an interview with MTV that the album was entirely analog until post-mastering. Throughout the recording process the band's progress was documented by a film crew to be part of a career spanning documentary, due to be released in the same timeframe as the album itself. The band also posted some information and photos from the session via their Twitter account. Recording for the album was completed on January 3, 2011, with the group making the announcement via a twitter post that read "Ladies and gentlemen, we are officially done". The album was mixed by Alan Moulder. This album was recorded without computers, which stands out much when talking about his new job and was mastered by Emily Lazar.
On January 17, 2011, the band released a 30 second "teaser" of the song "Bridge Burning" from the new album via their website.
On February 1, the band released a second 30 second "teaser" of the song "Miss The Misery" on their website, as well as announcing that the official release date of the new record would be April 12, 2011.
On February 12, a music video was released for "White Limo", featuring Lemmy of Motörhead. On February 23, 2011, "Rope" was made available for online stream.http It debuted at #1 on Billboard's Rock Chart, making it only the second single to do so since the chart's advent in 2009 (the other being Linkin Park's 2010 single "The Catalyst").Trust, Gary. . billboard.com. Feb 28, 2011.
*Dave Grohl – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
*Pat Smear – lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
*Nate Mendel – bass
*Taylor Hawkins – drums, percussion, vocals
*Chris Shiflett – lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
*Bob Mould – vocals and guitar on "Dear Rosemary"
*Krist Novoselic – bass and accordion on "I Should Have Known"
*Rami Jaffee - keyboards, piano, organ
*Jessy Greene - violin, cello
*Fee Waybill - background vocalshttp
*Butch Vig – production
*Alan Moulder – mixing
*Emily Lazar – mastering
*James Brown - Engineerhttp
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The Foo Fighters are an American rock band from Seattle, Washington. Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl formed the group as a one-man project in 1994 after the dissolution of his previous band. The band got its name from the UFOs and various aerial phenomena that were reported by Allied aircraft pilots in World War II, which were known collectively as foo fighters. Prior to the release of the Foo Fighters' 1995 debut album Foo Fighters, which featured Grohl as the only official member, Grohl drafted bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, both formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate, as well as fellow Nirvana touring bandmate Pat Smear as guitarist to complete the lineup. The band began with performances in Portland, Oregon before gaining popularity. Goldsmith left during the recording of the group's second album, The Colour and the Shape (1997), and Smear's departure followed soon afterward. They were replaced by Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl, respectively, although Stahl left before the recording of the group's third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999).
Chris Shiflett joined as the band's third guitarist after the completion of There Is Nothing Left to Lose. The band released its fourth album, One by One, in 2002. The group followed that release with the two-disc In Your Honor (2005), which was split between acoustic songs and heavier material. Foo Fighters released its sixth album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, in 2007. In 2010, it was confirmed that Smear had officially rejoined the band after touring with the Foo Fighters as an unofficial member between 2006 and 2009. The band's upcoming seventh studio album, Wasting Light, is set for release on April 12, 2011. On April 16, 2011 the band will also release Medium Rare, a collection of cover songs.
Over the course of the band's career, three of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album, and all six albums have been nominated.
Formation and debut album (1994–1995)
Dave Grohl joined the grunge group Nirvana as its drummer. During tours, he took a guitar with him and wrote songs. Grohl held back these songs from the rest of the band; he said in 1997, "I was in awe of frontman Kurt Cobain's songs, and intimidated. I thought it was best that I keep my songs to myself."di Perna, Alan. "Absolutely Foobulous!". Guitar World. August 1997. Grohl occasionally booked studio time to record demos, and even issued a cassette of some of those songs called Pocketwatch under the pseudonym "Late!" in 1992.Bryant, Tom. "Alien Parking". Kerrang! Legends: Foo Fighters. 2007.
Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home on April 8, 1994, and Nirvana subsequently disbanded. Grohl received offers to work with various artists; he almost accepted a permanent position as drummer in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Ultimately Grohl declined and instead entered Robert Lang Studios in October 1994 to record twelve of the forty songs he had written. With the exception of a guitar part on "X-Static," played by Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs, Grohl played every instrument and sang every vocal on the tracks.Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. . Allmusic.com. Retrieved on April 28, 2006. "I was supposed to just join another band and be a drummer the rest of my life," Grohl later said. "I thought that I would rather do what no one expected me to do. I enjoy writing music and I enjoy trying to sing, and there's nothing anyone can really do to discourage me." Grohl completed an album's worth of material in five days and handed out cassette copies of the sessions to his friends for feedback.
Grohl hoped to keep his anonymity and release the recordings in a limited run under the title "Foo Fighters", taken from the World War II term "foo fighter", used to refer to unidentified flying objects. However, the demo tape circulated in the music industry, creating interest among record labels.Strauss, Neil. "". The New York Times. March 5, 1995. Retrieved on May 25, 2008. Grohl formed a band to support the album. Initially, he talked to former Nirvana band mate Krist Novoselic about joining the group, but both decided against it. "For Krist and I, it would have felt really natural and really great", Grohl explained. "But for everyone else, it would have been weird, and it would have left me in a really bad position. Then I really would have been under the microscope."Mundy, Chris. "". Rolling Stone. October 5, 1995. Retrieved on May 25, 2008. Having heard about the disbanding of Seattle-based rock band Sunny Day Real Estate, Grohl drafted the group's bass player, Nate Mendel, and drummer, William Goldsmith. Grohl asked Pat Smear, who served as a touring guitarist for Nirvana after the release of its 1993 album, In Utero, to join as the group's second guitarist.Bryant, Tom. "Breakout". Kerrang! Legends: Foo Fighters. 2007. Grohl ultimately licensed the album to Capitol Records, releasing it on his new record label, Roswell Records.
Foo Fighters made their live debut on March 3, 1995 during a show at The Satyricon in Portland. They followed that with a show at the Velvet Elvis in Seattle on March 4. The first show had been part of a benefit gig to aid the finances of the investigation into the rape and murder of The Gits singer Mia Zapata. Grohl refused to do interviews or tour large venues to promote the album. Foo Fighters undertook their first major tour in the spring of 1995, opening for Mike Watt. The band's first single, "This Is a Call", was released in June 1995, and its debut album Foo Fighters was released the next month. "I'll Stick Around", "For All The Cows", and "Big Me" were released as subsequent singles. The band spent the following months on tour, including their first appearance at the Reading Festival in England in August.
The Colour and the Shape (1996–1997)
After touring through the spring of 1996, Foo Fighters entered a studio in Woodinville, Washington with producer Gil Norton to record its second album. While Grohl once again wrote all the songs, the rest of the band collaborated on the arrangements. With the sessions nearly complete, Grohl took the rough mixes with him to Los Angeles, intending to finish up his vocal and guitar parts. While there, Grohl realized that he wasn't happy with how the mixes were turning out, and the band "basically re-recorded almost everything". During the L.A. sessions, Grohl had played drums on the songs, removing Goldsmith's drumming part. Goldsmith said Grohl did not tell him that he recorded new drum parts for the record and, feeling betrayed, left the band.Roberts, Michael. "". Miami New Times. December 3, 1998. Retrieved on May 28, 2008.
In need of a replacement for Goldsmith, Grohl contacted Alanis Morissette's touring drummer Taylor Hawkins to see if he could recommend anybody. Grohl was surprised when Hawkins volunteered his own services as drummer. Hawkins made his debut with the group in time for the release of its second album, The Colour and the Shape, in May 1997. The album included the singles "Monkey Wrench", "My Hero", and "Everlong".
Pat Smear announced to the rest of the group that he wanted to leave the band to pursue other interests. Four months later in September 1997 at the MTV Video Music Awards, Smear simultaneously announced his departure from the band and introduced his replacement, Grohl's former Scream bandmate Franz Stahl.Johnson, Lisa. "Classic interview: October 1997". Kerrang! Legends: Foo Fighters. 2007. Stahl toured with the band for the next few months, and appeared on two tracks that the band recorded for movie soundtracks, a re-recording of "Walking After You" for The X-Files and "A320" for Godzilla. A B-side of the album, "Dear Lover", appeared in the horror film Scream 2.
There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1998–2001)
In 1998, Foo Fighters traveled to Grohl's home state of Virginia to write music for its third album. However, Grohl and Stahl were unable to co-operate as songwriters; Grohl told Kerrang! in 1999, "in those few weeks it just seemed like the three of us were moving in one direction and Franz wasn't". Grohl was distraught about the decision to fire Stahl, as the two had been friends since childhood.Beebee, Steve. "Burn Away". Kerrang! Legends: Foo Fighters. 2007. The remaining trio of Grohl, Mendel, and Hawkins spent the next several months recording the band's third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose, in Grohl's Virginia home studio. The album spawned several singles, including "Learn to Fly", the band's first single to reach the US Hot 100.
Before the release of the album, Capitol president Gary Gersh was forced out of the label. Given Grohl's history with Gersh, Foo Fighters' contract had included a "key man clause" that allowed them to leave the label upon Gersh's departure. They subsequently left Capitol and signed to RCA, who later acquired the rights to the band's Capitol albums.
After recording was completed, the band auditioned a number of potential guitarists, and eventually settled on Chris Shiflett, who performs with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and previously performed with California punk band, No Use for a Name. Shiflett initially joined the band as touring guitarist, but achieved full-time status prior to the recording of the group's fourth album.
Around 2001 Foo Fighters established a relationship with rock band Queen, of whom the band (particularly Grohl and Hawkins) are fans. In March of that year, Grohl and Hawkins inducted the band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and joined them on stage for a rendition of the Queen 1976 classic "Tie Your Mother Down", with Grohl filling in on vocals for Freddie Mercury. . Guitarist Brian May added a guitar track to Foo Fighters' second cover of Pink Floyd's "Have a Cigar", which appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Mission: Impossible II. In 2002, guitarist May contributed guitar work to "Tired of You" and an outtake called "Knucklehead". The bands have performed together on several occasions since, including VH1 Rock Honors and Foo Fighters' headlining concert in Hyde Park, as well as the band's concert at the O2 arena in London in November 2007.
One by One (2001–2004)
Near the end of 2001, the band reconvened to record its fourth album. After spending four months in a Los Angeles studio completing the album, Grohl spent some time helping Queens of the Stone Age complete their 2002 album Songs for the Deaf. Once the Queens of the Stone Age album was finished, Grohl, inspired by the sessions, decided to reconvene Foo Fighters to rework a few songs on their album. Instead, they re-recorded nearly all of the album (save "Tired of You") in a ten-day stretch at Grohl's studio in Virginia. The original version of One by One has never been heard in its entirety, except for snippets which leaked before the album's premiere, and a few more snippets leaked by a fan on the band's website in 2007. The original album sessions have been become known as the "Million Dollar Demos", and are highly sought after by Foo Fighters fans.
The final album was released in October 2002 under the title One by One. Singles from the album included "All My Life", "Times Like These", "Low", and "Have It All". The band later expressed displeasure with the album.Greenwald, Andy. "The Chosen Foo". Spin. August 2005. Grohl told Rolling Stone in 2005, "Four of the songs were good, and the other seven I never played again in my life. We rushed into it, and we rushed out of it."Scaggs, Austin. "". Rolling Stone. April 29, 2005. Retrieved on May 25, 2008.
For most of its history, the band chose to stay away from the political realm. However, in 2004, upon learning that George W. Bush's presidential campaign was using "Times Like These" at rallies, Grohl decided to lend his public support to John Kerry's campaign. Grohl attended several Kerry rallies and occasionally performed solo acoustic sets. The entire band eventually joined Grohl for a performance in Arizona coinciding with one of the presidential debates.
In Your Honor, Foozer Tour, and acoustic tour (2005–2006)
Foo Fighters Live 29.jpgthumbrightFoo Fighters performing an acoustic show
Having spent a year and a half touring behind One By One, Grohl did not want to rush into recording another Foo Fighters record. Initially Grohl intended to write acoustic material by himself, but eventually the project involved the entire band.Greenblatt, Leah. "". Entertainment Weekly. June 17, 2005. Retrieved on May 26, 2008. To record its fifth album, the band shifted to Los Angeles and built a recording studio, dubbed Studio 606 West. Grohl insisted that the album be divided into two discs–one full of rock songs, the other featuring acoustic tracks. In Your Honor was released in June 2005. The album's singles included "Best of You", "DOA", "Resolve", "No Way Back/Cold Day in the Sun", and "Miracle".
Between September and October 2005, the band toured with Weezer on what was billed as the 'Foozer Tour' as the two bands co-headlined the tour.Montgomery, James "". MTV.com, Sept 2005 On June 17, 2006, Foo Fighters performed their largest non-festival headlining concert to date at London's Hyde Park. The band was supported by Juliette and the Licks, Angels & Airwaves, Queens of the Stone Age, and Motörhead. Motörhead's Lemmy joined the band on stage to sing "Shake Your Blood" from Dave Grohl's Probot album. Also, as a surprise performance, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen jammed with Foo Fighters, playing part of "We Will Rock You" as a lead into "Tie Your Mother Down".
In further support of In Your Honor, the band decided to organize a short acoustic tour for the summer of 2006. The tour included former member Pat Smear, who rejoined the band as an extra guitarist, Petra Haden on violin and backup vocals, Drew Hester on percussion, and Rami Jaffee of The Wallflowers on keyboards/piano. While much of the setlist focused on In Your Honors acoustic half, the band also used the opportunity to play lesser-known songs such as "Ain't It The Life", "Floaty", and "See You". The band also performed "Marigold", a Pocketwatch-era song that was best-known as a Nirvana B-side.
In November 2006, the band released their first ever live CD, Skin and Bones, featuring fifteen performances captured over a three-night stand in Los Angeles. An accompanying DVD was released, and featured tracks not available on the CD.
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace and Greatest Hits (2007–2009)
Foo Fighters Live 21.jpgthumbThe band performing live in 2007
For the follow-up to In Your Honor, the band decided to call in The Colour and the Shape producer Gil Norton. Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace was released on September 25, 2007. The album's first single, "The Pretender", was issued to radio in early August. In mid-to-late 2007 "The Pretender" topped Billboard's Modern Rock chart for a record 18 weeks; it also gave the band their third consecutive year at the top (a record). The second single, "Long Road to Ruin", was released in December 2007, supported by a music video directed by longtime collaborator Jesse Peretz (formerly of the Lemonheads).
In October 2007, Foo Fighters started their world tour in support of Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. The band performed shows throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia, including headlining the Virgin Mobile Festival in Baltimore on August 9. At the European Mtv Music Awards in 2007 Pat Smear confirmed his return to the band. The band finished its world tour in September 2008 at the Virgin Festival at Toronto Island Park in Canada.
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace was nominated for five Grammy Awards in 2008. Foo Fighters went home with Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance (for "The Pretender"). The album was also nominated for Album of the Year, while "The Pretender" was also nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rock Song.http
On November 3, 2009, the band released a compilation album, Greatest Hits, which features two new songs, "Word Forward" and the single "Wheels".
Wasting Light (2010–present)
The band began recording their seventh studio album in August 2010 with producer Butch Vig, who had previously produced the two new tracks for the band's Greatest Hits album. The album was recorded in Dave Grohl's garage using only analog equipment. Vig said in an interview with MTV that the album was entirely analog until post-mastering.http Pat Smear was present in many photos posted by Grohl on twitter and a press release in December confirmed Smear played on every track on the album and was considered a core member of the band once again, having initially left as a full time member in 1997 before returning as a touring guitarist in 2006.http
The band have been announced to be headlining several European music festivals over the summer, including T In The Park, Oxegen, Isle Of Wight Festival, Hurricane Festival and Pinkpop Festival. Two of their own shows were tentatively scheduled for the 65,000 capacity Milton Keynes National Bowl in the United Kingdom on July 2 and 3 2011.http
The first single from Wasting Light, titled "Rope", was released to radio on February 23rd.http The album is set to be released April 12, 2011. A documentary on the band's history, Back and Forth, will be released theatrically on April 5, and will also air April 8 on VH1, VH1 Classic, and Palladia. It was directed by James Moll.http In addition to an upcoming documentary and a new studio album of all original material the Foo Fighters are also releasing a cover album. The record, which is to be called Medium Rare, will feature the Foo Fighter’s renditions of songs from groups like Cream, Pink Floyd, and the Ramones. The album will be released on April 16th as a limited-edition vinyl for Record Store Day.http
When Grohl first started the band, its music was often compared to that of his previous group, Nirvana. Grohl acknowledged that Nirvana singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain was a major influence on his songwriting. Grohl said, "Through Kurt, I saw the beauty of minimalism and the importance of music that's stripped down." Foo Fighters also utilize the Pixies' technique of shifting between quiet verses and loud choruses, which Grohl said was influenced by the members of Nirvana "liking the Knack, Bay City Rollers, Beatles, and ABBA as much as we liked Flipper and Black Flag, I suppose". Writing and recording songs for the first Foo Fighters album by himself, Grohl wrote the guitar riffs to be as rhythmic as possible. He approached the guitar similar to how he approached playing a drumkit, assigning different drum parts to different strings on the instrument. This allowed him to piece together songs easily; he said, "I could hear the song in my head before it was finished." Once Grohl assembled a full band, his bandmates assisted in song arrangements.
The members of Foo Fighters meld melodic elements with harder sounds. Grohl noted in 1997, "We all love music, whether it's the Beatles or Queen or punk rock. I think the lure of punk rock was the energy and immediacy; the need to thrash stuff around. But at the same time, we're all suckers for a beautiful melody, you know? So it is just natural." Grohl said in 2005, "I love being in a rock band, but I don't know if I necessarily wanna be in an alternative rock band from the 1990s for the rest of my life. It might be nice to broaden our range, open up the dynamic, so we can go out and just make music". Grohl noted that the band's acoustic tour was such an attempt to broaden the group's sound.Chick, Steve. "Foo Fighters: 'Touring the UK? It Feels Great Every Time!'". Kerrang. December 2005.
Campaigning and activism
In 2000, the band generated controversy through their public support of Alive & Well, an organization that denies the link between HIV and AIDS, questions the validity of HIV tests, and advises against taking medication to counter the disease.Talvi, Silja J. A. "". Mother Jones. February 25, 2000. Retrieved on August 21, 2007. Foo Fighter bassist Nate Mendel learned of Alive & Well through What If Everything You Thought You Knew about AIDS Was Wrong?, a self-published book written by Christine Maggiore, the organization's founder. Mendel passed the book around to the rest of the band, who supported his advocacy.
In January 2000, the band played a benefit concert for the organization, which Mendel helped to organize. The band also contributed songs to The Other Side of AIDS, a controversial documentary film by Maggiore's husband Robin Scovill, which questions whether HIV is the cause of AIDS.Tara C. Smith and Steven P. Novella (2007). "", PLoS Med 4(8): e256. Retrieved on August 21, 2007. The band's position caused alarm in the medical community, as Alive & Well's advice ran contrary to scientific knowledge about HIV and AIDS. In a 2000 interview, Mendel spoke of using Foo Fighters' popularity to help spread the group's message and of holding more benefits for the organization. The organization is no longer listed as one of the supported causes on Foo Fighters' website.
*Dave Grohl – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, drums, percussion (1995–present)
*Chris Shiflett – lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1999–present)
*Pat Smear – rhythm guitar, lead guitar, backing vocals (1995–1997, 2006–2009 (touring), 2010–present)
*Nate Mendel – bass (1995–present)
*Taylor Hawkins – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1997–present)
*William Goldsmith – drums, percussion (1995–1997)
*Franz Stahl – lead guitar, backing vocals (1997–1999)
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* The Colour and the Shape (1997)
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Pitchfork Media described Grohl and the band as "his generation's answer to Tom Petty — a consistent hit machine pumping out working-class rock."
Foo Fighters first received a Grammy Award for their music video for "Learn to Fly" in 2000 and have won six in total. These include 3 for Best Rock Album for There Is Nothing Left To Lose, One By One, and Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace; and 2 for Best Hard Rock Performance for the songs "All My Life", and "The Pretender".
*List of alternative rock artists
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