Foo Fighters’ fans can get ready for what’s set to be the band’s biggest-sounding record ever. Concrete and Gold is the rock group’s ninth studio album arriving September 15th, 2017. Featuring a bunch of mysterious guests, “including the biggest pop star in the world’, Concrete and Gold follows the Foo Fighters‘ 2014 album Sonic Highways and their 2015 EP, Saint Cecilia. The new album, which is already stirring excitement, features The Sky is a Neighborhood and La Dee Da, which were previously debuted live. Have a sneak peak preview of the album with Run below.
Foo Fighters’ have been teasing their audiences over the last month with the special guests set to feature on the album. We recently learned Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman sings on the title track, which is the heaviest song on the record according to Dave Grohl. A big upgrade from the boy’s I’ll Make Love to You! The Kills’ Alison Mosshard has also showed up onstage for a handful of Foo Fighters’ recent festival gigs in Europe, dueting with Grohl on La Dee Da.
Foo Fighters fans will get a full taste of the forthcoming album live at the band’s own CAL JAM 17 festival in October. Also on the bill are Queens of the Stone Age, Liam Gallagher, The Kills, Cage the Elephant and more. The event kicks off 12th October and continues with dates across the country, including a festival appearance in Mexico for November. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
Speaking with the BBC, drummer Taylor Hawkins said the band was successful in their goal, relaying a quote from Queens of the Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, who said, “you guys made a weird record,” and he was stoked about it.
Foo Fighters recorded Concrete and Gold at Hollywood’s EastWest Studios with Greg Kurstin, who has worked with Adele, Pink, Sia and more. Grohl first became a fan of Kurstin through his indie pop duo, the Bird and the Bee, and believed Kurstin’s pop sensibilities would create an interesting challenge for the Foo Fighters.
“Greg is the guy that we asked to be our producer because he’s never made a heavy rock record before and we’ve never worked with a pop producer,” Grohl told Rolling Stone Magazine. The musician described the combination of their styles as, “our noise and Greg’s big brain and all of his sophisticated arrangements and composition.”
Concrete and Gold:
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