Tonight, Let me begin with a preface to a letter I wrote a few weeks ago from my hotel room in Berlin while on our final tour for this album. I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems...
The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.
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. 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.
Remember the video we posted yesterday of 1,000 Foo Fighters fans covering "Learn to Fly" together in Italy? Well, Dave Grohl has responded (in Italian). Hit the replies to see the video and read a brief translation.
Apparently, the city of Cesena, Italy want Foo Fighters to perform there so badly that 1,000 residents learned how to play "Learn to Fly" and covered it together. You can watch a video of their performance and plea for the Foos in the replies.
A newspaper in Quebec got around the strict photography rules set by the Foo Fighters by sending a cartoonist to the concert and then sketching what he saw for the paper.
he team of Sun refused to sign the contract imposed by the group. Rather than appear before the grand stage of the Plains, our photographer Jean-Marie Villeneuve was able to circumvent the requirements of the Foo Fighters by finding an elevated point of view, apart from the "official" media area. The Sun has also hired the cartoonist's pencil Quebec Francis Desharnais ( Burquette , Chronicles of an unworthy daughter ) to capture the passage in the capital of the band Dave Grohl.
But the first Foo Fighters album turns 20 tomorrow, which means at this point there has to be many others who first became aware of Grohl because they heard “Everlong” on the radio or in the mall or anywhere, or they saw any video in the long lineage of Foo singles on Fuse or whatever.
Update: Read a letter from Dave Grohl discussing the issue, the extent of his injuries, cancellation of shows and more here.
Following Dave Grohl's recent on-stage leg break, Foo Fighters has cancelled the rest of the European tour which includes their hugely anticipated headline set at this year's Glastonbury Festival. Check out the updated itinerary in the replies.
Update: The next two shows (PinkPop and St. Gallen) have been cancelled.
Foo Fighters are currently in the middle of their European tour which includes headlining Glastonbury, but last night at the show in Gothenburg, Sweden Dave Grohl fell off the stage and broke his leg only two songs into the set. Rather than cancelling the show, Grohl was taken to get it checked out whilst the band played a few songs without him. He then returned to the stage where medics fixed a cast to his leg as he continued playing and singing from a chair on stage for the rest of the two hour long show. No future shows are considered to be cancelled. Hit the replies for some pictures.
Lightning struck during the Rock Am Ring Festival in Germany over the weekend. Over 30 people are in the hospital, luckily none of the injuries are considered life threatening. The concert included such acts as Foo Fighters, Slipknot and Bastille. Best wishes to everyone hurt.
News has been pretty quiet on the Glastonbury Festival front this year in terms of the line up, but tonight the NME Awards are taking place live in London's Brixton Academy and Foo Fighters picked up the award for "Best International Band" moments ago. The band were unable to be at the event so recorded a video message which sees them declare that they will be headlining Glastonbury this year.
Dave Grohl will be the Record Store Day ambassador this year. His full statement is in the replies.
Growing up in Springfield, Virginia in the 70’s and 80’s, my local independent record stores were magical, mysterious places that I spent all of my spare time (and money) in, finding what was to eventually become the soundtrack of my life. Every weekend I couldn’t wait to take my hard earned, lawn mowing cash down for an afternoon full of discovery. And, the chase was always as good as the catch! I spent hours flipping through every stack, examining the artwork on every cover, the titles and credits, searching for music that would inspire me, or understand me, or just to help me escape....
What did Foo Fighters have up their sleeve for night two of their residency on The Late Show with David Letterman? Just an awesome performance of "Kick It Out" with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. Head to the replies to check it out.
Last night was the first night of a week long stint on The Late Show with David Letterman for the Foo Fighters. How did they kick it off? Covering Black Sabbath's classic "War Pigs" with Zac Brown. You can watch the performance in the replies.
To celebrate its launch, BBC Music commissioned a cover of The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" with Brian Wilson, Pharrell, Lorde, Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Chris Martin, Brian May, Florence Welch, One Direction and many more. Check it out in the replies.
Foo Fighters are currently in the UK to play the closing ceremony of The Invictus Games, but before doing so they hinted at a few secret shows across the country. Tonight they played the first of three billed as 'The Holy Shits' and played to a 600 capacity crowd with a set consisting of mainly rarely played tracks and covers. The band also hinted that they will be playing a week of shows at the famous Wembley Stadium. Check out the setlist in the replies.
"I seem to remember years ago we played this club and it was also hot as balls. When we were asked to come over and play the Invictus Games on Sunday I thought 'we haven't played in the UK in years', and I thought we'd try to play...
I don't want my kid to think that the only way you can be a musician is to stand in line at a song contest audition, and then wind up having a bazillionaire tell you you're not a good singer. Don't get me started. To me, that's not what music's about.
Dedicated Foo Fighters fans living in Richmond, Virginia, took to crowdfunding platform Crowdhoster to try and get the band to come play where they hadn't in some 15 years. Because the Foo Fighters are amazing: they have agreed to play.