“From the second I got the call to join Foo Fighters, I hit the ground running. This was Dave's band, and I was the new guy – it was about not stepping on toes”: Franz Stahl on his time in the alt-rock institution – and Scream's first album in a decade

American alternative rock group Foo Fighters, performing on stage, 1998. Left to right: Nate Mendel, Dave Grohl and Franz Stahl.
Franz Stahl performs live with Foo Fighters in 1998 (Image credit: Mick Hutson/Redferns/Getty Images)

Perched alongside his brother Peter Stahl, Virgina-based rocker Franz Stahl founded Scream in 1981, injecting themselves into the heart of a scene that was already flourishing via the likes of Bad Brains, Youth Brigade, and Minor Threat.

Now over 40 years later and having been dormant from a studio perspective for well over a decade, Stahl and his cohorts are back with their latest record, D.C. Special, which features a host of friends and scene mates that aided in making Scream one of the most revered bands out of the D.C. area.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.