Two thousand eleven has officially switched from happening to happened. In the music world, there was some good stuff in 2011, some bad and a whole lot of "meh." Because reminiscing is only acceptable this time of year (and all of my album picks have already been covered by two or 20 sites from around the Internet), these are the events from '11 that will be remembered months from now.
What's not to like about Dave Grohl? The head Foo -- widely known as "the nicest man in rock" -- recently posted a heartfelt "thank you" to fans via the band's official Facebook page. The message reads as follow:
Foo Fighters mainman -- and former Nirvana drummer -- Dave Grohl has pretty much joined Cage The Elephant as their touring drummer. CTE, who are supporting the Foos on their US tour, are minus their drummer, Jared Champion, since his appendix decided to burst on October 10.
Nevermind, Nirvana's second studio album, hit the shelves on September 24, 1991 -- and things haven't quite been the same ever since. The landmark brought alternative rock to the mainstream and sold a hell of a lot of products for Colgate (makers of Teen Spirit deodorant) ... . Now, 20 years later, we ask you to choose your favorite song from Nevermind.
It's a Foo Fighters extravaganza at GuitarWorld.com today, with Dave Grohl's lesson for "The Pretender" and "Rope," a Guitar World magazine cover outtakes gallery and the announcement of a new special publication, Guitar One Presents Foo Fighters.
Foo Fighters recorded their latest album, Wasting Light, in their lead singer's garage. Then they embarked on a tour playing in fans' garages as their only venues. The same band has also been nominated for six Grammys, sold out Wembley Stadium (twice) and been called our generation's answer to Tom Petty by Pitchfork.