Foo Fighters http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/417/all/www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-50-best-albums-2014 en Top 10 Best (and Worst) Comeback Albums of All Time http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-best-and-worst-comeback-albums-all-time <!--paging_filter--><p><em>"Don't call it a comeback / I've been here for years."</em> </p> <p>So said LL Cool J in the title track from 1990's <em>Mama Said Knock You Out</em>, which came out when many fans and critics thought his career was just barely limping along. </p> <p>The album turned out to be a massive critical and commercial success. So, with our apologies to Mr. Cool J, we <em>are</em> calling it comeback. </p> <p>Because a comeback—as defined here at <em>Guitar World</em>—is any critically and/or commercially successful or significant album that follows a career-altering absence (breakup, retirement) or low point (death of band members, "dead" careers, being dropped by your label, critical uber-flops, telling a London audience that you're ashamed that George W. Bush is from Texas ...). </p> <p>So, with that in mind, here's our list of the 10 best (and worst) comeback albums of all time. </p> <p><strong>10. U2 — <em>All That You Can’t Leave Behind</em> (2000)</strong> </p> <p><strong>The Set-Up:</strong> Sitting-on-top-of-the-world stadium rockers U2 took some chances in the '90s, releasing three adventurous, occasionally bizarre albums. The last of the bunch, 1997's <em>Pop</em>, the techno-, dance- and electronica-influenced culmination of their self-inflicted reinvention, was harshly panned and widely misunderstood. It was as if fans and critics collectively said, "Enough already, guys." </p> <p><strong>The Comeback:</strong> <em>All That You Can't Leave Behind</em> was, in every respect, a homecoming. With producers Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno back at the helm, the band returned to its classic sound (although brilliantly updated) with an emphasis on grand melodies and a renewed reliance on guitar, bass and drums. <em>Rolling Stone</em> called it U2's third masterpiece, next to <em>The Joshua Tree</em> and <em>Achtung Baby</em>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/co6WMzDOh1o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>09. Allman Brothers Band — <em>Brothers and Sisters</em> (1973)</strong> </p> <p><strong>The Set-Up:</strong> Allman Brothers Band co-founder and slide guitar master Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident in late 1971 while the band was recording <em>Eat A Peach</em>. As if that wasn't terrible enough, bassist Berry Oakley was killed the same way—in the same Georgia town—one year later. Although the band—fortified by talented replacements—forged ahead, it was as if a dark cloud had found them and decided to stick around for a spell. </p> <p><strong>The Comeback:</strong> The album that would follow the band's tragedies, <em>Brothers And Sisters</em>, was, by far, their greatest success, settling in for five longs weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. albums chart. It also was a high point for guitarist Dickey Betts, whose composition, "Ramblin' Man," would become the band's only hit single, reaching No. 2 on the charts. The album featured two more eternal FM radio staples, "Southbound" and "Jessica," both written by Betts. Simply put, it was the band's—and Betts'—commercial high point.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6VxoXn-0Ezs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>08. Foo Fighters — <em>Foo Fighters</em> (1995)</strong> </p> <p><strong>The Set-Up:</strong> There's no doubt that Nirvana changed everything, and that by 1994 they were one of, if not <em>the</em> biggest band in the world. For a few years, all of the United States felt like Seattle, and the sale of thrift-store sweaters was at an all-time high. That is, until the suicide of lead singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain in April of that year. </p> <p><strong>The Comeback:</strong> It would take one hell of an effort for anything Dave Grohl released from that point on to not be considered a mere footnote in the history of Nirvana. The fact that we now know Grohl as one of the biggest personalities in rock—who also has shared the stage with the likes of Jimmy Page and plays in a band with John Paul Jones—is a testament to his tenacity and talent for crafting memorable hooks. </p> <p>It could be argued that the second Foo Fighters album (and their first as a real band), <em>The Colour and the Shape,</em> is better suited for this position because it spawned the first mega-hits for the band, but the first Foos album was Dave Grohl playing everything himself, a lone man trying to forge ahead and create something meaningful after the demise of the biggest band on the planet. If that's not the meaning of a comeback, we don't know what is. </p> <object width="620" height="365"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/X_rTTsZZ9KE?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/X_rTTsZZ9KE?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object> <hr /> <p><strong>07. Metallica — <em>Death Magnetic</em> (2008)</strong> </p> <p><strong>The Set-Up:</strong> Napster, Tom Cruise film soundtracks, <em>St. Anger.</em> Let's face it, the turn of this century was not kind to Metallica when it came to public opinion. </p> <p>Their latest, guitar-solo-free album had left fans more confused than betrayed, and the follow-up film, <em>Some Kind of Monster</em>, showed the band in a new, vulnerable light that left fans of <em>Ride the Lightning</em> scratching their heads. It would take one hell of an album to get the image of the band in group therapy talking about feelings out of the heads of fans. </p> <p><strong>The Comeback:</strong> Enter <em>Death Magnetic</em>. While the album itself was met with some criticism—mainly for its over-compressed sound—there's no doubt that it re-ignited interest in the band's thrashier roots and made people forget about "I Disappear," perhaps for good. One might even venture to say that, had the band made another <em>St. Anger</em> or <em>Load</em>, the Big Four shows might not have ever happened. Can anyone imagine Kerry King, Dave Mustaine, Charlie Benante and others joining James and crew onstage for a rendition of "Tuesday's Gone"? Didn't think so. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/sqA0V8UoOVo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </p> <hr /> <p><strong>06. Johnny Cash — <em>American Recordings</em> (1994)</strong> </p> <p><strong>The Set-Up:</strong> Although Johnny Cash never really went away (much like LL Cool J), during the 1980s, record sales and support from his longtime label, Columbia, were at all-time lows. After putting out a string of fine yet occasionally overproduced albums (Check out his cheesy cover of CCR's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" from 1985's <em>Rainbow</em> album), Cash found himself without a label in the early '90s. </p> <p><strong>The Comeback:</strong> Enter Rick Rubin. The producer, known for his work with A-list hip-hop artists and heavy metal bands, offered Cash a contract with his label, American Recordings, and got right to work, stripping the Man in Black's sound down to the basics: voice and acoustic guitar. The album, considered his finest release since the late '60s, transformed Cash from museum piece to the ultimate in cool.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/T8tGCVavS5s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>05. Aerosmith — <em>Pump</em> (1989)</strong> </p> <p><strong>The Set-Up:</strong> The early Eighties were not kind to Aerosmith. The had band lost both their guitarists by the time of the recording of <em>Rock in a Hard Place</em> (you know, the album with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay) and were in serious danger of being a footnote of Seventies American rock. </p> <p>Aerosmith in the mid-'Eighties can be summed up as this: When the movie <em>This Is Spinal Tap</em> came out, Steven Tyler actually thought the movie was about Aerosmith. In a 1997 interview, Brad Whitford was quoted as saying, "The first time Steven saw it, he didn't see any humor in it." </p> <p><strong>The Comeback:</strong> Sure, Run DMC gave them another taste of the spotlight, and <em>Permanent Vacation</em> gave us "Dude Looks Like a Lady" and "Rag Doll," but if anything is going to be called a comeback album for Aerosmith, it would have to be 1989's <em>Pump</em>. </p> <p>Commercially, <em>Pump</em> does have a slight edge over <em>Permanent Vacation</em>, with the latter going a measely five-times platinum as opposed to <em>Pump</em>'s seven-times, good enough to make it the second-best-selling Aerosmith album of all time behind <em>Toys in the Attic</em>. But beyond numbers, <em>Pump</em> just <em>felt</em> like an Aerosmith album (yes, even the horn section). That's not to knock the strong numbers on <em>Permanent Vacation</em>, but Steven Tyler singing about needing to get away to St. Tropez when the whole world was still wondering "Where were you?" may have been a bit premature. </p> <object width="620" height="365"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/h3Yrhv33Zb8?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/h3Yrhv33Zb8?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object> <hr /> <p><strong>04. John Lennon and Yoko Ono — <em>Double Fantasy</em> (1980)</strong> </p> <p><strong>The Set-Up:</strong> The mid-'70s weren't the best of times for John Lennon. He had endured a separation from Yoko Ono and a complicated lawsuit filed by Morris Levy (regarding breach of contract and the messy <em>Roots</em> / <em>Rock 'n' Roll</em> scandal), not to mention the disappointing — by former-Beatle standards — sales of his 1975 greatest-hits album, <em>Shaved Fish</em>. </p> <p>So, after taking part in a recording session for Ringo Starr's 1976 <em>Ringo's Rotogravure</em> album, Lennon made the shift from rock star to house husband, living a private, tame existence at the Dakota in New York City with Ono and their 1-year-old son, Sean. </p> <p><strong>The Comeback:</strong> In 1980, after taking several years off, Lennon felt it was time to get back to work. Inspired and/or awakened by new music by Madness, The Pretenders and the B-52s, he decided it was "time to get out the old axe and wake the wife up," as he told <em>Rolling Stone</em>. The album he and Ono made, <em>Double Fantasy,</em> was the perfect comeback, representing a fresh start for a well-rested couple who were ready to greet the world again. The irony is that when Lennon was killed on December 8, 1980, <em>Double Fantasy</em> went from comeback to sad farewell.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iAJ2AoEwDvY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>03. Deep Purple — <em>Perfect Strangers</em> (1984)</strong> </p> <p><strong>The Set-Up:</strong> After releasing a string of heavy, successful albums between 1969 and 1973, including <em>Deep Purple In Rock, Made In Japan</em> and <em>Machine Head,</em> the classic "Mk II" lineup of Deep Purple — Ian Gillan (vocals), Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), Roger Glover (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards) and Ian Paice (drums) — basically just fizzled out. By the mid-'70s, when only Lord and Paice remained (David Coverdale, Tommy Bolin and Glenn Hughes had come onboard), the band was just a shell of its former self. Their lackluster late-1975 album, <em>Come Taste the Band,</em> was sonic proof of that. Deep Purple disbanded in 1976.</p> <p><strong>The Comeback:</strong> In 1984, Deep Purple regrouped — with the Mk II lineup, thankfully — and released <em>Perfect Strangers</em>, a major worldwide hit that went platinum in the U.S. The band reached back and dusted off its classic sound, spotlighting Gillan's ageless vocals and Blackmore's lightning-fast snake-charmer scales. The album spawned several radio hits and a tour that just kept on going — because people just couldn't taste enough of the band.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gZ_kez7WVUU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>02. Ozzy Osbourne — <em>Blizzard of Ozz</em> (1980)</strong> </p> <p><strong>The Set-Up:</strong> After two less-than-stellar releases from Black Sabbath — 1975's <em>Technical Ecstasy</em> and 1976's <em>Sabotage</em> — Ozzy Osbourne took a brief break from the band to work on a project he called "Blizzard of Ozz." At the request of the band, Ozzy dropped the project to return to the band for the recording of 1978's <em>Never Say Die!</em>, which brought tensions in the band to a new high. </p> <p>A myriad of drug problems and mounting tensions between Osbourne and Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi led to the group unanimously deciding to fire Ozzy. Within two years, the band had recorded <em>Heaven and Hell</em> with new vocalist Ronnie James Dio, which proved that the band could remain relevant without Osbourne. The question then became, could Ozzy pull himself out of the gutter and remain relevant as well? </p> <p><strong>The Comeback:</strong> It turns out all Ozzy needed was new management. Of course, not just any manager would do. It took then-girlfriend Sharon Arden (daughter of Sabbath manager Don Arden) to pull Ozzy out of his haze and set him to work on his "Blizzard of Ozz" project. With the help of bassist/lyricist Bos Daisley and a young guitar prodigy named Randy Rhoads, Ozzy finally finished the album, <em>Blizzard of Ozz</em>, which would re-ignite his career and eventually lead to his being one of the biggest personalities in rock and metal.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZcoweoZ6jpM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <hr /> <p><strong>01. AC/DC — <em>Back in Black</em> (1980)</strong> </p> <p><strong>The Set-Up:</strong> In late 1979, AC/DC unleashed <em>Highway to Hell</em> on the world. While not a departure in sound from their previous albums, the production efforts and arrangement contributions of producer Mutt Lange, alongside the wry lyricism of lead singer Bon Scott and always-fiery guitar efforts of Angus Young, made <em>Highway to Hell</em> the band's most commercial success to date. Less than six months later, Scott was found dead in the back of a car, having choked to death on his own vomit. </p> <p><strong>The Comeback:</strong> Whether or not to continue the band without their charismatic frontman wasn't an easy choice for the remaining members of AC/DC, but after much soul-searching, the band recruited former Geordie singer Brian Johnson to try and fill the void left by Scott's death. </p> <p>Johnson had his own troubles after joining the band, struggling to pen lyrics he felt were up to the lofty standards set by his predecessor. As fate would have it, a storm rolling in one night over the Bahamas, where the band had retreated to in order to write, inspired the opening lyrics to "Hells Bells," the opening track from the ultimate comeback album — not to mention the second-highest-selling album of all time — <em>Back In Black</em>. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pAgnJDJN4VA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Next: Honorable Mentions</strong></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Honorable Mentions</strong> </p> <p>Iron Maiden – <em>Brave New World</em> </p> <p>Eric Clapton – <em>461 Ocean Boulevard</em> </p> <p>Avenged Sevenfold - <em>Nightmare</em> </p> <p>Alice in Chains – <em>Black Gives Way To Blue</em> </p> <p>Van Halen – <em>5150</em> </p> <p>Red Hot Chili Peppers – <em>Californication</em> </p> <p>Celtic Frost - <em>Monotheist</em> </p> <p>Heaven &amp; Hell - <em>The Devil You Know</em> </p> <p>Judas Priest - <em>Painkiller</em> </p> <object width="620" height="365"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/YlUKcNNmywk?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="365" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/YlUKcNNmywk?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><p> </p> <p><strong>Next: The Top 10 Worst Comeback Albums of All Time</strong></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Top 10 Worst Comeback Albums</strong></p> <p>01. Guns N' Roses - <em>Chinese Democracy</em> </p> <p>02. Iron Maiden - <em>The X Factor</em> </p> <p>03. Kiss - <em>Psycho Circus</em> </p> <p>04. Queen + Paul Rodgers - <em>The Cosmos Rocks</em> </p> <p>05. Aerosmith - <em>Done With Mirrors</em> </p> <p>06. Tony Iommi - <em>Seventh Star</em> </p> <p>07. Motley Crue - <em>Motley Crue</em> </p> <p>08. Poison - <em>Hollyweird</em> </p> <p>09. Ozzy Osbourne - <em>Down to Earth</em> </p> <p>10. Judas Priest - <em>Angel of Retribution</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/top-10-best-and-worst-comeback-albums-all-time#comments ACDC Aerosmith Allman Brothers Band Black Sabbath Dave Grohl Deep Purple Foo Fighters John Lennon Johnny Cash Metallica Ozzy Osbourne U2 Guitar World Lists News Features Wed, 13 May 2015 17:42:14 +0000 Damian Fanelli, Josh Hart 11377 at http://www.guitarworld.com Available Now: Guitar One Presents Foo Fighters http://www.guitarworld.com/available-now-guitar-one-presents-foo-fighters <!--paging_filter--><p><em>Guitar One Presents Foo Fighters is <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-legends/products/guitar-one-presents-foo-fighters/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=LegendsFooFighters">available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $9.99</a>.</em></p> <p>In 1995, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl picked up a guitar and buried the past with Foo Fighters and their self-titled debut album. Since then, the Foo Fighters have carved their names in rock and roll history as one of the most successful alternative-rock bands, touting three Grammy wins for Best Rock Album. In 2011, they returned to the studio to make <em>Wasting Light</em>, their seventh album. <em>Guitar One Presents Foo Fighters</em> covers 15 years of interviews and tells the story behind every record. Buy it today for only $9.99!</p> <p><strong>This issue includes:</strong></p> <p> • Dear Guitar Hero: Dave Grohl and Chris Shiflett answer readers' questions.<br /> • Absolutely Foobulous: Dave Grohl and Pat Smear talk rock fashion, reminisce about Nirvana and praise the Foo Fighters' 1997 group effort, The Colour and the Shape.<br /> • The Foo Chain: A Foo Fighters axology.<br /> • Smear Campaign: The life and times of punk survivor Pat Smear.<br /> • True Foo: Dave Grohl rejects the glitz of Hollywood and heads home to Virginia to record the Foo Fighters' soul-searching third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose.<br /> • Man of Steel: Dave Grohl says goodbye to rock and roll and hello to heavy metal with his smashing project, Probot.<br /> • Honor Society: After a two-year binge of side projects and guest performances, Dave Grohl returns to the Foo Fighters fold for the double album In Your Honor.<br /> • Top Flight: Combine Led Zeppelin's blues-inspired riff rock with Nirvana's post-punk aesthetic and the stoner metal sounds of Queens of the Stone Age. What do you get? Them Crooked Vultures, featuring John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl and Josh Homme.<br /> • Fighting Form: Foo Fighters are back in action with a three-guitar lineup and a hard-hitting, bone-crunching album, Wasting Light. Guitar World weighs in with Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-legends/products/guitar-one-presents-foo-fighters/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=LegendsFooFighters">Head to the Guitar World Online Store now!</a></strong></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/available-now-guitar-one-presents-foo-fighters#comments Dave Grohl Foo Fighters News Features Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:01:23 +0000 Guitar World Staff 17957 at http://www.guitarworld.com Foo Fighters Perform "Tuff Enuff" with Jimmie Vaughan and Gary Clark Jr. — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-perform-tuff-enuff-jimmie-vaughan-and-gary-clark-jr-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Yesterday, <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/exclusive-watch-foo-fighters-tear-through-two-tracks-on-acl-20150205">RollingStone.com</a> premiered two videos from Foo Fighters' upcoming episode of <em>Austin City Limits</em>, which airs tomorrow, February 7, on PBS.</p> <p>Below, you can check out a clip of Foo Fighters performing the Fabulous Thunderbirds' 1986 hit, "Tuff Enuff," with Jimmie Vaughan sitting in on guitar. Vaughan, who left the Thunderbirds in 1989, was one of that band's founding members.</p> <p>The clip also features guitarist Gary Clark Jr., another Austin local.</p> <p>For more on this topic, plus two more videos (including some behind-the-scenes footage) from the Foo Fighters' <em>Austin City Limits</em> episode, visit <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/exclusive-watch-foo-fighters-tear-through-two-tracks-on-acl-20150205">RollingStone.com.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/h2qx_jKLDKo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/jimmie-vaughan">Jimmie Vaughan</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-perform-tuff-enuff-jimmie-vaughan-and-gary-clark-jr-video#comments Austin City Limits Fabulous Thunderbirds Foo Fighters Gary Clark Jr. Jimmie Vaughan Videos News Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:53:49 +0000 Guitar World Staff 23450 at http://www.guitarworld.com Zakk Wylde and Foo Fighters Play Black Sabbath's "N.I.B." — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/zakk-wylde-and-foo-fighters-play-black-sabbaths-nib-video <!--paging_filter--><p>What better way to celebrate the birthdays of two major "<em>Guitar World</em> Land" stars—Zakk Wylde and Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl—than to watch them in action, together, just a few days ago.</p> <p>Below, check out a just-posted, fan-filmed video of Wylde, Grohl and Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins playing Black Sabbath's "N.I.B." at Grohl's "surprise" birthday party last weekend at the Forum in LA.</p> <p>They do it old-school style, just three pieces, with Wylde on vocals and guitar, Grohl on bass and Hawkins on drums. "N.I.B." originally appeared on Black Sabbath's 1970 debut album, the appropriately titled <em>Black Sabbath.</em></p> <p>Wylde was born January 14, 1967. Grohl emerged exactly two years later. On this same date in 1858, French emperor Napoleon III escaped an attempt on his life by Felice Orsini, an Italian patriot who was later executed. Go figure!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IcuxYq78_PM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/black-sabbath">Black Sabbath</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/zakk-wylde">Zakk Wylde</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/zakk-wylde-and-foo-fighters-play-black-sabbaths-nib-video#comments Black Sabbath Dave Grohl Foo Fighters Zakk Wylde Videos News Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:13:27 +0000 Damian Fanelli 23280 at http://www.guitarworld.com Foo Fighters Enlist Van Halen's David Lee Roth, Slash, Kiss' Paul Stanley and More for Dave Grohl's Birthday Show http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-enlist-david-lee-roth-slash-paul-stanley-and-more-dave-grohls-birthday-show <!--paging_filter--><p>Late last week, when Foo Fighters told the universe about frontman Dave Grohl's "surprise" birthday show scheduled for this past Saturday at the Forum in LA, we knew we'd have some interesting clips to share with you this morning. Turns out we were correct!</p> <p>Below, check out freshly posted, fan-filmed videos of Foo Fighters performing with:</p> <p>01. A newly bald <strong>David Lee Roth</strong> for a version of Van Halen's "Panama" and "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love"</p> <p>02. <strong>Tenacious D</strong> and <strong>Slash</strong> for Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song"</p> <p>03. <strong>Paul Stanley</strong> for a version of Kiss' "Do You Love Me?" </p> <p>Of course, we'll have more videos for you as they become available on YouTube. In the meantime, enjoy the following three clips!</p> <p>According to <em>Rolling Stone,</em> Zakk Wylde, Lemmy Kilmeister of Motorhead, Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction and Trombone Shorty also made appearances during the marathon set. That didn't stop the band from making their way through a host of Foo Fighters hits, including "Learning to Fly" and "Everlong."</p> <p><strong>DAVID LEE ROTH, "Panama" and "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love"</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/OuctDsNYjNE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>TENACIOUS D and SLASH, "Immigrant Song":</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jHMsO-5VRqY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>PAUL STANLEY, "Do You Love Me?":</strong><br /> <iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/w31y2MYkUUw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/david-lee-roth">David Lee Roth</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slash">Slash</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/led-zeppelin">Led Zeppelin</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/paul-stanley">Paul Stanley</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/kiss">Kiss</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-enlist-david-lee-roth-slash-paul-stanley-and-more-dave-grohls-birthday-show#comments David Lee Roth Foo Fighters Kiss Led Zeppelin Paul Stanley Slash Tenacious D Van Halen Videos News Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:40:07 +0000 Damian Fanelli 23263 at http://www.guitarworld.com Foo Fighters Perform "I Am a River" on 'The Tonight Show' — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-perform-i-am-river-tonight-show-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Before the weekend hit, Foo Fighters hit <em>The Tonight Show</em> stage to perform "I Am a River," the emotional closer to their new album, <em>Sonic Highways</em>. </p> <p>Thanks to the wonders of video, you can watch the performance below.</p> <p>Note that the band is joined by a sizable orchestra during the performance; all the better to bring the song to its cinematic conclusion.</p> <p>In 2015, Foos Fighters will kick off a North American tour, which will start with a Fourth of July bash in Washington, D.C. That show, which will celebrate the Foos' 20th anniversary, will feature performances by musicians that represent some of the cities the band chronicled in <em>Sonic Highways,</em> their HBO series. These artists include Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Heart and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.</p> <p>We should point out that <em>Sonic Highways</em> made <em>Guitar World's</em> <a href="www.guitarworld.com/guitar-worlds-50-best-albums-2014">list of the 50 Best Albums of 2014.</a></p> <div itemprop="video" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/VideoObject"><iframe src="http://player.theplatform.com/p/NnzsPC/widget/select/media/Yp56TfQYcl9o" width="620" height="365" frameBorder="0" seamless="seamless" allowFullScreen></iframe></div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-perform-i-am-river-tonight-show-video#comments Foo Fighters Videos News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:22:55 +0000 Damian Fanelli 23161 at http://www.guitarworld.com Foo Fighters Premiere Two New Songs from 'Sonic Highways' — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-premiere-two-new-songs-sonic-highways-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>Foo Fighters have premiered two more songs from their ever-more-interesting-sounding new album, <em>Sonic Highways</em>.</p> <p>Below, you can explore "What Did I Do?/God As My Witness," which they recorded during their visit to Austin. Below that, you'll find "Outside," which was recorded at Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California. The album version of the track features the Eagles' Joe Walsh on guitar.</p> <p><em>Sonic Highways</em>, the band's eighth studio album, will be released November 10. Besides Walsh, the album features guest appearances from Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and several others.</p> <p>"We like the way our band sounds, naturally," drummer Taylor Hawkins told NME. "I want drums to sound like drums, as opposed to a drum machine. We kept it as humanly perfect as possible but nothing more. It's as perfect as we can be, which is not perfect."</p> <p>As always, check out the new songs and tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><strong>FOO FIGHTERS: "What Did I Do? / God As My Witness"</strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/II2qM619h94" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><br /> <br /><br /> <strong>FOO FIGHTERS: "Outside" (BBC Maida Vale Session)</strong> </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4n7DziNjlzQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-premiere-two-new-songs-sonic-highways-listen#comments Foo Fighters News Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:31:08 +0000 Damian Fanelli 22807 at http://www.guitarworld.com Foo Fighters Dress Up as Kiss and Perform Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-dress-kiss-and-perform-black-sabbaths-war-pigs-video <!--paging_filter--><p>As those of you with calendars know, Friday was Halloween.</p> <p>To celebrate the occasion, Foo Fighters — during their Friday-night show at the Ryman in Nashville — dressed up as Kiss, invited Zac Brown on stage and performed Black Sabbath's "War Pigs."</p> <p>They've done this before, mind you, but the Kiss makeup was a nice Halloween twist.</p> <p>They did a damn fine job, we might add! You can check out a fan-filmed clip of the performance below; tell us if you agree! </p> <p>Their 26-song set also included covers of David Bowie and Queen's "Under Pressure" and Cheap Trick's "Stiff Competition" (all while completely decked out in Kiss makeup).</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xmnRIEzIhVk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/black-sabbath">Black Sabbath</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-dress-kiss-and-perform-black-sabbaths-war-pigs-video#comments Black Sabbath Foo Fighters Zac Brown Videos News Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:27:49 +0000 Damian Fanelli 22746 at http://www.guitarworld.com Foo Fighters Premiere New Song, "Congregation" http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-premiere-new-song-congregation <!--paging_filter--><p>Foo Fighters have premiered a new song, "Congregation," a raucous tune with a serious hook and a healthy dose of electric 12-string guitar. </p> <p>You can hear it below. As always, be sure to tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook.</p> <p>"Congregation," which features Zac Brown, was recorded at Brown's Southern Ground Studios in Nashville.</p> <p>The song is from Foo Fighters' new album, <em>Sonic Highways,</em> which will be released November 10.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/AZHtZrfFuhU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-premiere-new-song-congregation#comments Foo Fighters News Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:39:26 +0000 Damian Fanelli 22727 at http://www.guitarworld.com Foo Fighters Premiere New Song, "The Feast and The Famine" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-premiere-new-song-feast-and-famine-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>Foo Fighters have premiered a new song, "The Feast and the Famine," and you can hear it below.</p> <p>The track is from the band's new album, <em>Sonic Highways</em>, which will be released November 10.</p> <p>The eight-part <em>Sonic Highways</em> TV series, which documents the making of the album, premiered October 17 on HBO.</p> <p>Dave Grohl interviewed several artists for the series, including Slash, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, LL Cool J, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Pharrell Williams, Joan Jett, Rick Nielsen, Paul Stanley, Joe Walsh, Billy Gibbons, Macklemore, Buddy Guy and President Barack Obama.</p> <p>"The Feast and the Famine" follows "Something from Nothing," another track from the new album, <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-premiere-new-song-something-nothing-listen">which we premiered last week.</a></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/uPv0AOlTxXA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-premiere-new-song-feast-and-famine-listen#comments Foo Fighters News Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:38:48 +0000 Guitar World Staff 22661 at http://www.guitarworld.com Foo Fighters and Rick Nielsen Perform Cheap Trick's "Stiff Competition" on 'Letterman' — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-and-rick-nielsen-perform-cheap-tricks-stiff-competition-letterman-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Last night, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen took the stage with Foo Fighters on <em>Late Show With David Letterman</em> to perform Cheap Trick's 1978 tune "Stiff Competition."</p> <p>Dave Grohl played drums while Taylor Hawkins did his best Robin Zander imitation, right down to the white suit.</p> <p>Earlier that day, the band (just Foo Fighters — no one from Cheap Trick was involved) premiered a new song, "Something from Nothing," <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-premiere-new-song-something-nothing-listen">which you can check out right here.</a></p> <p>"Something from Nothing" is the first song from their new album, <em>Sonic Highways</em>, which will be released worldwide November 10. It will be previewed in a new HBO documentary series, directed by Grohl, called <em>Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways</em> that will premiere tonight, October 17. </p> <p>The TV series chronicles the making of <em>Sonic Highways</em> through interviews and collaborations with local artists in each city (Chicago, Austin, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Nashville, New Orleans, Washington, D.C.). Artists such as Fugazi/Minor Threat's Ian MacKaye, Beastie Boys' Mike D, Public Enemy's Chuck D, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Willie Nelson and Joan Jett are interviewed.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lZ_vPKhisJc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/cheap-trick">Cheap Trick</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-and-rick-nielsen-perform-cheap-tricks-stiff-competition-letterman-video#comments Cheap Trick Foo Fighters Rick Nielsen Videos News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:16:54 +0000 Damian Fanelli 22609 at http://www.guitarworld.com Foo Fighters Premiere New Song, "Something from Nothing" — Listen http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-premiere-new-song-something-nothing-listen <!--paging_filter--><p>Dave Grohl &amp; Co., also known as Foo Fighters, have premiered "Something from Nothing," the first song from their new album, <em>Sonic Highways</em>.</p> <p>The album, which will be released worldwide November 10, was recorded in eight studios in eight different American cities. It will be previewed in a new HBO documentary series, directed by Grohl, called <em>Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways</em> that will premiere tomorrow night, October 17. </p> <p>"Something From Nothing," which you can hear below, was recorded at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. </p> <p>The TV series chronicles the making of <em>Sonic Highways</em> through interviews and collaborations with local artists in each city (Chicago, Austin, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Nashville, New Orleans, Washington, D.C.). Artists such as Fugazi/Minor Threat's Ian MacKaye, Beastie Boys' Mike D, Public Enemy's Chuck D, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Willie Nelson and Joan Jett are interviewed.</p> <p>Check out the song below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Y3B0Vx_yQgo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-premiere-new-song-something-nothing-listen#comments Foo Fighters News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:02:04 +0000 Guitar World Staff 22606 at http://www.guitarworld.com Foo Fighters and Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson "Kick It Out" on 'Letterman' — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-and-hearts-ann-and-nancy-wilson-kick-it-out-letterman-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Monday night, Foo Fighters and Zac Brown ripped into Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" on 'Late Show With David Letterman.'</p> <p>Last night, they were joined by Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson for a performance of Heart's classic 1977 single, "Kick It Out."</p> <p>"How about this? Every night it's a party, ladies and gentleman," Letterman said after the performance. </p> <p>Foo Fighters' first <em>Sonic Highways</em> single, "Something From Nothing," will be released tomorrow, October 16.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_p68paL13ng" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heart">Heart</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-and-hearts-ann-and-nancy-wilson-kick-it-out-letterman-video#comments Foo Fighters Heart Videos News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:15:46 +0000 Damian Fanelli 22594 at http://www.guitarworld.com Foo Fighters and Zac Brown Cover Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" on 'Letterman' — Video http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-and-zac-brown-cover-black-sabbaths-war-pigs-letterman-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Last night, David Letterman's Foo Fighters Week got off to an odd start when Zac Brown teamed up with Foo Fighters to cover Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" on <em>The Late Show With David Letterman.</em></p> <p>"Well there, you see, that's what we're talking about," Letterman said. "Zac Brown. Black Sabbath. Foo Fighters. I don't know, what do you kids want from me?"</p> <p>Before the performance, Grohl sat down with Letterman to discuss his 8-year-old daughter's love of Amy Winehouse and rap, plus the music Grohl's parents played when he was his daughter's age. </p> <p>"We would listen to Candide, then Neil Young, then Slayer," Grohl said. "It was all over the map, but what I got to appreciate was that music is such a beautiful art that you can't really judge it, you just have to let it ingratiate."</p> <p>Anyway, check out their version of "War Pigs" and tell us what you think!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Fv5ekzTubwU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/black-sabbath">Black Sabbath</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-and-zac-brown-cover-black-sabbaths-war-pigs-letterman-video#comments Black Sabbath Foo Fighters Videos News Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:39:31 +0000 Damian Fanelli 22575 at http://www.guitarworld.com Foo Fighters Preview New Song, "The Feast & The Famine" http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-preview-new-song-feast-famine <!--paging_filter--><p>A new trailer for <em>Sonic Highways</em> — the upcoming HBO documentary that follows the making of Foo Fighters' new album of the same name — has hit the online universe. </p> <p>It features a snippet of a new song by the band, "The Feast &amp; the Famine." Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments or on Facebook.</p> <p>The album will be released November 10; the TV series will premiere October 17.</p> <p>In other Foo Fighters news, check out <a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-cover-roky-ericksons-two-headed-dog-austin-city-limits-video">their new cover of Roky Erickson's "Two Headed Dog,"</a> which they recorded (and filmed) for <em>Austin City Limits.</em></p> <p><iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/1U65C5TWI5E" width="620" height="365" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/foo-fighters">Foo Fighters</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/foo-fighters-preview-new-song-feast-famine#comments Foo Fighters Videos News Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:10:24 +0000 Guitar World Staff 22552 at http://www.guitarworld.com