CAL JAM 17 - OCT 7th GLEN HELEN REGIONAL PARK
FOO FIGHTERS BRING A GANG OF THE WORLD’S BEST ROCK N ROLL BANDS TOGETHER FOR 12 HOURS OF NON-STOP 100% LIVE MUSIC:
Including QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, CAGE THE ELEPHANT, LIAM GALLAGHER, THE KILLS, ROYAL BLOOD, BABES IN TOYLAND, JAPANDROIDS, BOB MOULD & MANY MORE. For More Information Visit caljamfest.com
“I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever. To make a gigantic rock record but with Greg Kurstin’s sense of melody and arrangement… Motorhead’s version of Sgt.Pepper… or something like that.” So speaks Dave Grohl of the mission statement made manifest in Foo Fighters’ ninth epic, the aptly titled Concrete and Gold, due out September 15 worldwide on Roswell Records/RCA Records and available for preorder now.
Just as Foo Fighters’ anthem of the summer “Run” “opens as a dreamy, slow burner then… quickly turns heavy as thunder” (BILLBOARD) with its “huge triumphant chorus” (STEREOGUM), Concrete and Gold marries some of the most insanely heavy FF riffs ever with lush harmonic complexities courtesy of a first time team-up with producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Pink).
This unlikely alliance came about through a bizarre sequence of surprise musical obsessions and chance encounters: Listening to the radio during a drive roughly four years ago, Grohl first heard “Again and Again” by Kurstin’s band The Bird & The Bee—“It blew my mind… it was so much more sophisticated than anything I’d ever heard and I became obsessed.”
Some months later, Grohl would randomly spot and fanboy out over “the guy from The Bird & The Bee!” a/k/a Greg Kurstin. The two became fast friends over common musical loves with Grohl learning that his new favorite band had been on hiatus due to Kurstin’s workload as a producer.
While Foo Fighters recorded and released Sonic Highways, broke some bones and packed stadiums and arenas on one of the top five grossing tours of 2015, and gifted fans with the St. Cecilia EP, "Greg was becoming one of the biggest producers in the world,” Grohl recalls.
With the writing and recording of the next Foo Fighters album on the horizon, Grohl was eager as always to find fresh challenges for the band: “So I think maybe Greg is the guy that we ask to be our producer because he’s never made a heavy rock record before and we’ve never worked with a pop producer.” Darrel Thorp (Beck, Radiohead) was soon enlisted to mix and engineer. This collective conceived a blueprint of the new record as "Motorhead’s version of Sgt. Pepper... or something like that,” secretly booking into Hollywood’s esteemed EastWest studios to consummate this marriage of extremes... or as Grohl puts it: “Our noise and Greg’s big brain and all of his sophisticated arrangements and composition.”
Months, sounds and stories (more on those soon, promise) and so many guitars later, the 11-Grammy-winning, 25+ million-record-selling, last great American stadium rock band had completed its most ambitious album ever—which naturally begat another insane challenge: How to celebrate music & throw the ultimate "backyard party for 50,000 people”…
What came to Grohl in that vision will become reality October 7 when Foo Fighters’ CAL JAM 17 takes over Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, CA. In addition to being Foo Fighters’ biggest ever one-day U.S. headline, in the spirit of the original California Jam, this daylong marathon of eating, drinking and rocking features an absolutely unfuckwithable lineup: Queens of the Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Liam Gallagher, The Kills, Royal Blood, Japandroids, Wolf Alice, Bob Mould, The Struts, Bully, Circa Waves, Babes in Toyland, Adia Victoria, Fireball Ministry, The Obsessed, Pinky Pinky, Starcrawler, White Reaper… And in addition to 12 hours of rock and roll good times, Cal Jam 17 offers camping, carnival rides, a water park, attractions, a mobile recording studio & so much more. On Friday night, October 6, campers will also experience the world’s best Go-Go band Big Tony & Trouble Funk, an outdoor movie theater and many other surprises. Camping space is limited, so act fast.
For more information, visit caljamfest.com.
CAL JAM 17 will be the first chance for Foo Fighters fans in the U.S. to experience the sonic majesty of songs from Concrete and Gold in their full live glory—and will be followed by a full scale October through December U.S. headline tour. Public on sales for all dates will be June 29 at 10am local time. For information on how to sign up for pre-sale access visit https://www.foofighters.com/.
The full track listing for Concrete and Gold is:
3. Make It Right
4. The Sky Is A Neighborhood
5. La Dee Da
6. Dirty Water
8. Happy Ever After (Zero Hour)
9. Sunday Rain
10. The Line
11. Concrete and Gold
Concrete and Gold was written and performed by Foo Fighters, produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters, and mixed by Darrell Thorp.
Foo Fighters are Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee.
Concrete and Gold U.S. Tour 2017
OCTOBER 12 - Washington DC - The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
OCTOBER 14 - Richmond, VA - Richmond Coliseum
OCTOBER 15 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
OCTOBER 17 - Columbia, SC - Colonial Life Arena
OCTOBER 18 - Knoxville, TN - Thompson-Boling Arena
OCTOBER 20 - Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena
OCTOBER 21 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena
OCTOBER 23 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
OCTOBER 24 - Memphis,TN - Fedex Forum
OCTOBER 26 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Arena
OCTOBER 28 - New Orleans, LA - Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
NOVEMBER 7 - Madison, WI - Kohl Center
NOVEMBER 8 - Champaign, IL - State Farm Arena (* Public On Sale Thursday, July 13 10am Local)
NOVEMBER 10 - Des Moines, IA - Iowa Events Center
NOVEMBER 11 - Sioux Falls, SD - Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
NOVEMBER 13 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank Arena
NOVEMBER 15 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center
DECEMBER 1 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center
DECEMBER 2 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
DECEMBER 4 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
DECEMBER 5 - Eugene, OR - Matthew Knight Arena
DECEMBER 7 - Nampa ID - Ford Idaho Center
DECEMBER 9 - Billings MT - Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
DECEMBER 10 - Casper WY - Casper Events Center
DECEMBER 12 - Salt Lake City UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena
CONCERT NEWS / The Foo Fighters have joined a number of other acts in canceling tour appearances in France and other areas of Europe in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.
The band announced the cancellation of the remaining four stops on their European tour by saying:
It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour,” Foo Fighters wrote in a statement. “In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can't continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.
The dates that have been removed from the schedule are tonight's show at Pala Alpitour in Torino, Italy, a Monday night show at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, Tuesday at Halle Tony Garnier in Lyon, France and Thursday night at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain.
Lauren Nault, a Foo Fighters fan, posted about traveling from Canada to France to see the band and her experience on Friday night at the Eagles of Death Metal concert in Paris:
Dave! We saw you in quebec city in july, and after 4 songs the show got canceled after a crazy storm. My boyfriend and i traveled all the way from Canada just to see you play again in Lyon France in a few days. We literally bought the tickets, THEN plannrd a trip. We were at the bataclan during the eagles of death metal show last night, and managed to get out because we were near an emergency exit to the left of the stage. Just wanted to share. We traveled across the world to see you play. Foo fighters are my favourite band of all time. (Bron: MN News)
De Amerikaanse rockgroep Foo Fighters heeft gisterenavond een concert gespeeld in het Italiaanse Cesena. De band lost daarmee een belofte in na een indrukwekkende smeekbede van Italiaanse fans om te komen optreden in hun stad.
Afgelopen zomer verzamelden liefst 1.000 muzikanten en Foo Fighters-fans zich in Cesena voor een imposante cover van 'Learn To Fly'. Doel van de stunt was om Dave Grohl en zijn kornuiten te overhalen om te komen optreden in de Italiaanse stad. De cover ging viraal en Dave Grohl beloofde prompt om op visite te komen.
Foo Fighters startte de set met 'Learn To Fly', waarna frontman Dave Grohl zijn Italiaanse fans uitvoerig bedankte. "Zoals jullie wel weten, zijn we hier voor een heel speciale reden. Dit is nog nooit eerder gebeurd", zei Grohl, die eraan toevoegde dat hij moest huilen toen hij het filmpje zag. "We konden uiteraard geen nee zeggen, we moesten wel komen."
Bekijk hieronder de bedankingsspeech van Dave Grohl op het concert gisteren en de imposante cover van 'Learn To Fly' door 1.000 muzikanten.
"Can't f***ing wait for the 4th!!! See you at home, DC." De fans van Foo Fighters zaten al een tijdje te wachten op de tweet die de band gisteren de wereld in stuurde.
Begin juni tuimelde frontman Dave Grohl in Zweden van het podium. Met een beenbreuk en een paar weken inactiviteit tot gevolg. Hun show op Rock Werchter en nog een rits andere Europese optredens moesten ze annuleren.
Maar op vier juli maakt Grohl, intussen zes roestvrij stalen bouten rijker, zijn comeback. Met het optreden zaterdag in Washington trapt de band zijn Amerikaanse tour, op gang. Goed voor meer dan veertig concerten op vaderlandse bodem. Dit najaar komt de band dan in Europa langs. (Bron: De Morgen)
People who went to the Conejo Valley Days in Thousand Oaks, CA on Saturday to see Foo Fighters' drummer Taylor Hawkins and his side project, Chevy Metal, received a special surprise.
Chevy Metal was joined by Dave Grohl and Chris Shiflett for what turned into a nineteen song Foo Fighters covers set. Before the evening was over, they were treated to four Van Halen songs, three from the Rolling Stones and a smattering from artists ranging from Billy Joel to the Vapors.
Grohl put everything in perspective during the set by saying 'I'm just a rhythm guitar player in this band, but Taylor makes me sing once in a while.'
The set list: