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Foo Fighters begin work on new album

- August 17th, 2013

Remember when Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl declared that the rockers were going on an extended hiatus?

“I’m not sure when the Foo Fighters are going to play again,” he posted on Facebook last October.

Well, scrap that.

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Foos’ guitarist Chris Shiflett has revealed to Rolling Stone that the group has begun work on the follow-up to their popular 2011 album, Wasting Light.

“We actually just started making a new Foo Fighters record within the last few weeks,” he told the magazine. “We’ve started rehearsing.”

Meenwhile, in a U.K. radio interview on XFM in London, Grohl stated that the upcoming eight studio effort is written. “Well, I’ll tell you, we have been in our studio writing and in the past few weeks, we’ve written an album,” he said. “And we are going to make this album in a way that no one’s ever done before, and we’re pretty excited about it.”

He also dropped a huge release date hint: “I think next year is going to be a really big year for the Foo Fighters without question. It’s going to be great, I can’t wait.”

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Queens of the Stone Age add North American dates

- June 10th, 2013

Queens of the Stone Age have announced a North American tour in support of their brand new effort, …Like Clockwork.

The new two-month-long jaunt kicks off in Toronto on September 10 at the Air Canada Centre, and winds up in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 9. Tickets for the T.O. date go on sale Friday through Livenation.com and Ticketmaster.ca, and will run you between $34.50-$59.50.

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Josh Homme and co. have already booked various dates this summer, including three in Canada — at the Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton on August 7, the Stampede Corral in Calgary on August 8, and a headlining gig at the Squamish Valley Music Festival in Squamish, B.C. on August 10.

…Like Clockwork, the band’s sixth studio album, was released last week through Matador. Guests include Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan, Nine Inch Nails rocker Trent Reznor, Elton John, Scissor Sisters star Jake Shears, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and Dave Grohl.

Here’s the full leg of North American dates:

9/10 Toronto – Air Canada Center
9/12 Detroit – The Fillmore
9/13 Cincinnati – PNC Pavilion
9/14 Pittsburgh – Stage AE Outdoors
9/15 Columbus – LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheater
9/17 Indianapolis – Old National Centre
9/18 Louisville – Louisville Palace
9/19 Charlotte – TWC Amphitheater
9/20 Asheville – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
10/5 Grand Prairie – Verizon Theatre
10/7 Nashville – Municipal Auditorium
10/8 Fayetteville – Arkansas Music Pavilion
10/9 Tulsa – Brady Theatre

Queens of the Stone Age debut new song, drummer at Lollapalooza Brazil

- March 31st, 2013

Queens of the Stone Age had a little Easter treat for fans last night as the hard rockers debuted a brand new track at Lollapalooza Brazil.

The song, My God is the Sun, is the first sample of new music off their forthcoming new album, …Like Clockwork (watch the performance below).

In addition to the new tune, they also unveiled new touring drummer Jon Theodore, whose resume includes The Mars Volta and One Day as a Lion. Dave Grohl took over the recording duties last year on the new album after long-term drummer Joey Castillo was pink-slipped.

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It’s the band’s first live show since 2011, when they toured in support of the re-release of their 1998 self-titled debut album. Josh Homme and co. have booked various festival dates this summer, including a headlining gig at the Squamish Valley Music Festival in Squamish, B.C. in August.

…Like Clockwork will be out in June through Matador. Guests include Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan, Nine Inch Nails rocker Trent Reznor, Elton John, Scissor Sisters star Jake Shears, and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner.

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Here’s the full setlist:

The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
No One Knows
First It Giveth
Sick, Sick, Sick
Burn the Witch
Monsters in the Parasol
Hangin’ Tree
Make It Wit Chu
My God Is the Sun
Little Sister
Better Living Through Chemistry
Do It Again
Go With the Flow
A Song for the Dead

Rush, Dave Grohl to perform together at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction?

- March 26th, 2013

Some of rock’s greatest drummers be could be playing together at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Rolling Stone reports.

With final planning underway for the 28th Rock Hall ceremony on April 18 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, word is that Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, who is inducting Rush this year, could be teaming up with the legendary Canadian rock trio during their live performance.

It remains to be seen whether Grohl will play drums or add a second guitar to the mix. Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is also rumoured to be joining them – it may make for a very loud set.

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Other inductees taking the stage that night will be Randy Newman (playing alongside John Fogerty and Jackson Browne), Heart (the original lineup is still in question, but Ann and Nancy Wilson will be on stage) and Public Enemy.

John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. will pay honour late blues great Albert King, likewise with Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson singing for the late Donna Summer, and Usher will perform a tribute to Quincy Jones.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be broadcast on HBO on May 18.

Rush – consisting of singer/bassist Geddy Lee, drummer Neil Peart and guitarist Alex Lifeson – had been eligible for a Rock Hall nod since 1998 – their self-titled debut was released in 1974, and they’ve gone on to record 19 studio records in total, including last year’s critically acclaimed “Clockwork Angels.”

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