Foo Fighters play The Forum
Happy Birthday, Dave Grohl! Sorry your party wasn't exactly a surprise.
The Foo Fighters helped Grohl celebrate his birthday just a few days early with a "surprise" concert at the Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 10th. The show was an "in the round" style performance, which featured the band dead center completely encircled by the audience.
All tickets for the birthday bash were $50, with $10 from each sale benefiting a trio of charities: Rock School Scholarship Fund, MusiCares, and Sweet Relief.
The gig marked Foo Fighters' first of 2015. A week later, they'll kick off a truly massive stadium tour in South America before heading off to the UK and eventually back to the United States. The tour, in support of their new studio album "Sonic Highways," is being dubbed "Beat the Bots" because Foo Fighters have held special box office pre-sales to combat the number of scalper's with computers programmed to snatch up huge amounts of tickets.
Fans wanting to get their hands on Foo Fighters tickets are encouraged to visit the band's website for a list of box office locations rather than purchase tickets online. Foo Fighters has tagged UK rockers Royal Blood for its tour opener, and Boston post-punk vets Mission of Burma will perform at one of two shows at Fenway Park in Boston.
The Foo Fighters' all-inclusive docket will also include several big festival gigs. Right now the closing date for the tour is slated for October 7 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Foo Fighters working on new album
Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl has a brand new project. The 45-year-old is in the midst of creating a "super group" while simultaneously working on the next Foo Fighters album.
If reports are accurate, Grohl is set to collaborate with big names like Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Dead Kennedys' leader Jello Biafra. The name of their super group? Teenage Time Killer. The project will also feature Nick Oliveri (ex-Queens Of The Stone Age and Kyuss), Neil Fallon (Clutch), Keith Morris (Black Flag), Max Cavalera (Soulfy) and others.
Of course the Foo Fighters were front and center at the Grammys, and an upcoming album for the band is expected sooner rather than later. Grohl said in a recent interview with Billboadr that the project would be something different that would definitely surprise fans.
"It's badass. We're doing something that nobody knows about, it's f---ing rad," Grohl said in the interview. "We begin recording soon, but we're doing it in a way that no one's done before and we're writing the album in a way that I don't think has been done before."
Rumors are also spreading like wildfire that Foo Fighters will be headlining the Glastonbury Festival this year alongside Prince. While there's been no confirmation on that, the band is scheduled to play the Firefly Festival this June alongside Outkast and Jack Johnson.
About The Foo Fighters
The Foo Fighters were originally formed in 1994 by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl following the death of frontman Kurt Cobain and the dissolution of the band. Grohl named the Foo Fighters after Unidentified Flying Objects -- UFOs -- that were reported by Allied pilots and radar operators during World War II in the European Theater.Prior to the release of their self-titled debut album, Grohl added bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, as well as Pat Smear on guitar to complete the Foo Fighters. The band started out playing performances in Portland, Oregon before they gained momentum. Foo Fighter tickets sold well, and they gained a loyal following.The band's other studio albums include 'The Colour and the Shape (1997)', 'There is Nothing Left to Lose (1999)', 'One by One (2002)', 'In Your Honor (2005)' and 'Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace (2007). The later was noted as a departure from their previous sound, and was a split between acoustic songs and heavier material. But it was 2011's 'Wasting Light' in which the band chose to steer clear of any slick studio sound, and recorded on analog tape in the garage of Groh's home in Encino, California. The buzz for the project was strong ? especially online ? and the now five-piece band became the first act with Alternative No. 1s in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. The Foo Fighters have won numerous awards, including an astonishing five of six Grammys for which they were nominated on February 6, 2012. They took home Best Rock Performance, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album and Best Long Form Music Video. They lost out only to Adele in the Album of the Year category. The band is currently touring overseas, but will return to the United States on September 22 for DeLuna Fest in Pensacola Beach, Florida.
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