Chris Shiflett: "Foo Fighters isn’t a band that has a lot of guitar solo-type stuff - on my own material, I do a lot more of that"

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On a recent late-summer morning, Chris Shiflett is getting ready to hit the road. But in stark contrast to the luxurious private-jet mode of travel he usually enjoys in his day job as guitarist for the Foo Fighters, Shiflett (who recently released his second solo album, Hard Lessons) and his three-piece group will take to the nation’s highways in a van. Which suits him just fine. 

“We’re just a bunch of dudes rolling down the road,” he says. “It’s how I started playing shows back in the day. And even while doing the Foo Fighters, I’ve done side bands and my own thing, so I’ve never strayed too far from the van thing. You just get in and it feels like second nature. I enjoy it.”

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar World, Guitar Player, MusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.