Posted in music | tour dates on February 10, 2011

by Andrew Sacher

Nirvana

Like he did on stage in California in December (they played "Marigold"), Dave Grohl is bringing together the surviving members of Nirvana for the seventh Foo Fighters album, due out April 12. Produced by Butch Vig, who produced Nirvana's breakout album Nevermind, Grohl has chosen to record the entire album in his garage on entirely analog equipment. He has also confirmed that Nirvana's touring guitarist Pat Smear is again a full time member of Foo Fighters and has recorded on every track on the new album. But most importantly, Nirvana bassist Krist Noveselic recorded bass and accordian for the track "I Should Have Known." Butch Vig talked to MTV News about the recording:

"We had Krist Novoselic come in and play bass [on the song], and I'm not exactly sure what the song's about, but to me, it seems there's definitely some references about Kurt Cobain, and it's one of the most primal, raw things the Foo Fighters have ever done, and I think it's one of the best tracks on the record," Vig said. "It's distorted and raw, and Dave, the take on the vocals is like the first take he did at the end of the song. He's just blowing his lungs out. ... We played the record for some people yesterday, and the whole record is great, but that song, God, it's quite an emotional roller-coaster ride when you hear it."
The album also features guest vocals from Bob Mould of Husker Du. You can listen to snippets at FooFighers.FM.

The Foo Fighters are also planning a documentary spanning Dave Grohl's career from his time as the drummer of Nirvana through The Foo Fighters' 16 year career. The film also includes in-depth footage regarding the release of the new album. The film will be making its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, and the band is rumored to be performing at SXSW, as are Queens of the Stone Age and the Strokes (all rumors at this point).

Other festivals Foo Fighters will appear at include the recently announced Sasquatch Festival, Hang Out Fest in Alabama, and according to Greg Kot, Lollapalooza along with Eminem and Muse.

In other Dave Grohl related news, on Wednesday, Matador Press tweeted an illustrated letter from a 15-year old Dave Grohl to Seattle band Aerobic Death about a compilation tape in 1984. That letter and all tour dates below...

--
Grohl

Foo Fighters - 2011 Tour Dates
2.23 O2 Academy Brixton London, UK
2.25 Wembley Arena London, UK
3.?? SXSW, Austin, TX ?????
5.21 The Hangout Gulf Shores, AL
5.27 Sasquatch! - Gorge Amphitheatre George, WA
6.9 Greenfield Festival Interlaken, Switzerland
6.10 Isle of Wight - Seaclose Park Newport, UK
6.11 Pinkpop - Megaland Landgraaf, Netherlands
6.15 Arena Concerti Rho, Milan, Italy
6.17 Hurricane Festival - Eichenring Scheeßel, Germany
6.17 Southside Festival - Fulgplatz Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany
6.18 Kindl Buhne Berlin, Germany*
6.21 Refshaleøen København, Denmark#^
6.22 Stockholms Stadion Stockholm, Sweden*#
6.24 Telenor Arena Oslo, Norway%!
6.26 Kyläsaari/Kalasatama Helsinki, Finland#
7.2 The National Bowl Milton Keynes, UK#@$+
7.3 The Natonal Bowl Milton Keynes, UK#+=?
7.6 Optimus Alive! Oeiras, Portugal
7.8 T in the Park at Balado Kinross, UK
8.5 Lollapalooza Grant Park Chicago, IL
* - w/ Band of Horses
# - w/ Biffy Clyro
^ - w/ The Gashlight Anthem
% - w/ Sahara Hotnights
! - w/ Kvelertak
@ - w/ Death Cab For Cutie
$ - w/ Tame Impala
+ - w/ Bob Mould
= - w/ Jimmy Eat World
? - w/ The Hot Rats

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Comments (96)

Nirvana is playing their last show ever at MSG on April 3rd.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:19 PM

The album is tentatively titled Too Little, Too Late

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:19 PM

Foo Little, Foo Late?

C'mon... it was right there for the taking.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:22 PM

they should've called it "Nevermind"

oh, wait

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:24 PM

Fooché, 4:22

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:26 PM

4:19

Yeah, but they would blow away your favorite live band. just saying.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:27 PM

Any more DCFC dates?

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:30 PM

i am very much torn, because the foo fighters have been such a bad joke for such a long time... recorded by butch vig in his garage? this is intriguing. i always wondered why dave grohl took the foo fighters where he did.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:31 PM

obvious answer: $$$
less obvious answer: dave grohl actually thinks he still writes cutting edge music

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:33 PM

So, when's the MSG show going to be?

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:34 PM

umm gunna give ya tha beeyest the beeeyest the beeyest the beeeyest of yooooo

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:35 PM

I bet the Strokes play the ACL live Sutton during SXSW and do a taping.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:41 PM

when is the nirvana presale?

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:42 PM

no chad?

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:51 PM

They should get an actor to impersonate Cobain like Smear did with Darby Crash when he got the Germs back together.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:51 PM

Am I crazy for really liking the first two foo fighters albums? I'm not sure, becuase there were no blogs at the time to tell me if they were good or not.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:52 PM

4:52 - all you can hope for is that someone who was born after 1988 can judge whether or not you're cool. I think it'll happen within the next few posts.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:54 PM

4:52.

I actually like theird 3rd album, "There is nothing left to lose."

That's really good.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 4:59 PM

Foo Fighters haven't put out a fully solid album since the 90s, but they were great at MSG a few years ago. I'd definitely see them again even though the new songs I've heard aren't very good.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 5:00 PM

Ariel Pink?

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 5:05 PM

Bush > Nirvana

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 5:09 PM

Pat fucking Smear!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 5:12 PM

courtney love on backup vocals

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 5:19 PM

After Mission Impossible Dave Grohl stinks.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 5:29 PM

After Mission Impossible Dave Grohl stinks.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 5:30 PM

The first couple Foo albums were good, but Dave Grohl has grown tiresome. Especially when he tries to do that over-emotive acoustic shtick. And Butch Vig likes to overproduce things. This album will probably very "ehh" or, worst case scenario, "meh."

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 5:56 PM

Muse is the most overrated band ever.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 6:18 PM

how do you get tickets to the sxsw grohl doc thing? LINK ME

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 6:21 PM

courtney should play kurt's part.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 6:27 PM

Frances Bean!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by the qweeb! | February 10, 2011 6:28 PM

4:52: All's cool with you, no matter if anyone else begs to differ. I thought the Foo's debut was the only really good one. Never cared for the later stuff (I think the Foos are overrated anyway).

BTW, shouldn't this have just read "Krist Novoselic plays on new Foo Fighters..."? There's only one surviving member of Nirvana other than Grohl himself.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 6:36 PM

MUBARAK MUST GO NOW

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 6:58 PM

This Nirvana reunion is foo real.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 7:02 PM

@5:09- Whether you're joking, trolling, or whatever, I've been reading this blog for many years now, and that's probably the most offensive two-word post I've ever seen. And I never really actually like Nirvana.

Also, for a long time, Foo Fighters were my favorite band of any band whose music i never bought or owned. Of course, that's not that case today, for many reasons. But I always did enjoy them when they came on the radio in my car.

And, Everlong and songs from that era were pretty rocking.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 7:05 PM

Colour and the Shape is a pretty great album.

But may-b its not "low fi" enough for u guyz.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 7:12 PM

4:41 is right + FOO 4 sure @ SXSW


QOTSA would rule them all @ SXSW

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 7:14 PM

Muse better stay the fuck out of Texas

Posted by TXn | February 10, 2011 7:15 PM

post was worth it just for that letter from 15 year old dave

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 7:17 PM

I would finga Francis Bean and sniff it.

Posted by Peen | February 10, 2011 7:44 PM

Yeah, Muse is bloated.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 7:53 PM

People still care about Nirvana?

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 8:08 PM

from the interview i heard, there's no ballads or acoustic stuff. maybe this will be able to hang with their 1st 2 records.
they have always killed it live.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 8:22 PM

I look forward to reading about this on the Rolling Stone website where it will be lauded as the most epic, heavy record since the first Strokes record.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 9:30 PM

i like turtles

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 9:32 PM

Honestly i dont care about nirvana, foo fighters or any of that nonsense.

Queens of the fucking Stone Age are playing SXSW

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 9:53 PM

who would mother daughter courtney and francis bean?

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 9:55 PM

all surviving members ?

what about Chad Channing, Dale Crover , Jason Everman ??

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 10:23 PM

yeah, Rolling Stone loves corporate rock bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 10:32 PM

when do the new Beavis & Buttheads come out?

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 11:09 PM

4:52 and 4:54 got it right. Grohl's done more with his life, missteps or not, than all of the haters on here (and their lawyer/investment banker parents/financiers) combined. Fuck all of you no-nothing hipsters - Josh Homme eats poseurs like you for breakfast.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 11:17 PM

Josh Homme eats poseurs for breakfast, and hummus for lunch.

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 11:47 PM

What Homme needs to do is get in on that Kyuss reunion. Last QOTSA album stunk.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 12:29 AM

Peter Hook will sing the vocals. Doing dead singers is his thing.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 12:54 AM

Josh Homme wouldn't touch hummus - it's obvious that big boy likes FOOD.

...and "Era Vulgaris" was GREAT - certainly better than the TCV album.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 1:19 AM

You know what's really, really tiring? The constant belief that "lawyer/investment banker parents/financiers" don't listen to the same music the "cool" people do. I'm not any of the above, but I happen to know quite a few who go to a lot of the shows covered on this blog. Are you just jealous because, in addition to having good taste in music, they can also get into shows you can't, either through connections or just being able to afford to go?
But no, only waiters/record store clerks/graphic designers/art students have good taste in music. It's impossible for anyone in the finance world to have good taste in music. Some of you really need to grow up.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 1:20 AM


when do the new Beavis & Buttheads come out?

Posted by Anonymous | February 10, 2011 11:09 PM

Just in time for them to review the new Anamanaguchi video.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 1:20 AM

1:20am. anyone can listen to good music. are you speaking about "corporate" folks? i think you need to lay off the hummus and enjoy the music you listen it to and not have to make it all about what people say. instead think about how the music makes you feel. stop making this all about, "oh, the commenters are annoying!" remember, you're the one reading it. it's your complaint i find so tiring.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 2:23 AM

scream

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 2:24 AM

I like turtles too!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 2:49 AM

You're confused, 1:20. It's not a question of economics, and whether one can afford to see a specific performer, or not - there's always a great show for free, or a minimal entrance price, somewhere. The problem lies with those who pass judgement on music/musicians they know nothing about, and the context of that music in a historical perspective. Especially egregious is basing an opinion solely on the age of the artist - whether young or old. "Cool" isn't the point - "knowledge" is.

Hey, the new album may not even be worth the time - not everything the guy's done has been solid gold. However, Grohl was not only a member of one of the most important bands in recent history, Nirvana, as well as founder of the Foos, he's worked with Mike Watt, Tom Petty, NIN, Tommy Iommi, QOTSA, Killing Joke, and TCV, not to mention his Probot project. A true lover of music like this is worthy of ridicule? Only by a bunch of uninformed fashion kiddies that have never investigated anything that wasn't thrust in front of them on a blog or tweet.

Of course, people are entitled to like, and dislike, anything they please. However, if an individual's musical tastes are based on what their peer group defines as "cool," and cultivated in an attempt to enhance their social standing within that group, well...fuck 'em. It's basically the same echo chamber that produces tired "hummus" and "meh" memes.

...and while we're at it; FUCK lawyers, investment bankers, parent-financiers, and most importantly, that empty shell game that's brought the planet to the brink of disaster, the motherfucking "financial world."

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 2:57 AM

Yes 8:08 people still do care about Nirvana; timeless music..you on the other hand only enjoy what this website announces

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 3:03 AM

Yes, the "financial" world has brought the world to the brink of disaster. It's also kept civilization running for 10,000 years.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 3:13 AM

2:57. I am confused, because I don't think we're actually in disagreement. I just saw an earlier post where the lawyers/financier thing was thrown in again, and was annoyed how yet again a profession was used to judge an entire group of people, based solely on what they do for a living. But I agree with everything in your first three paragraphs. I wasn't supporting the grohl haters.

Perhaps I cherrypicked something11:17's comment, and used it out of context. it just sends up a red flag for me when the old lawyer/banker/trustfunder lines come up, like these automatically make a person an asshole. You know what? most people are assholes anyway. How much money they have doesn't have that much to do with it. Money just lets you be the asshole you already were.


Sidenote: As much as people hate on pitchfork, the best thing about that site is that they don't allow comments.

Posted by 1:20 | February 11, 2011 3:24 AM

Jack Johnson can replace Kurt and Nirvana will be back and better than ever.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 3:32 AM

"Yes, the "financial" world has brought the world to the brink of disaster. It's also kept civilization running for 10,000 years."

...with the end result being Michael Bloomberg, Timothy Geithner, Bernard Madoff, AIG, Bank of America, Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, ad nauseum.

Hooray for "civilization."

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 3:43 AM

What about Carol Channing, 10:23?

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 3:46 AM

Interesting...both great bands.

Posted by channel 131 | February 11, 2011 6:53 AM

Imagine beating a dead horse for the rest of your life.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | February 11, 2011 7:20 AM

Most artists and musicians I know are total assholes obsessed with self-promotion.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 9:03 AM

No, The Beatles are timeless. Miles Davis is timeless.

You were force-fed Nirvana by MTV. And you still worship them. SAD.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 9:09 AM

im in finance and theres a 95% delta that i have better music "knowledge" then most of you. About 8 shows a month over the past 10 years tells me so.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 9:23 AM

Agreed on Carol Channing.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 9:29 AM

"You were force-fed Nirvana by MTV. And you still worship them. SAD."

shut up old man. if you can't appreciate Bleach, you're just an idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 9:30 AM

Hi! I'm looking for love. Got any?

Posted by Burg | February 11, 2011 9:41 AM

"No, The Beatles are timeless. Miles Davis is timeless."

"You were force-fed Nirvana by MTV. And you still worship them. SAD."

And people weren't force fed Beatlemania by the media in the 60's? I feel like I'm still being force fed The Beatles whenever I go into the itunes store, or watch a Target commercial, or see all of those CD's in Starbucks.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 9:48 AM

3:43- if you're dissatisfied with the state of our civilization, you're welcome to exit it at your earliest convenience.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 10:02 AM

Nirvana > the beatles.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 10:11 AM

she you used to whip me with a strap when i was bad.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 10:12 AM

@5:09
BUSH rules!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 10:15 AM

I think it's neat, something like this is a lot better then a revived nirvana with some other singer or something. And yeah, everything after the colour and shape has pretty much degraded, because let's face it, it's 2011 and he's still playing in a grunge-era rock band. How many times can you write the same quiet-verse/heavy-chorus formula song? There's nowhere left to go; there's never gonna be an electronic foo fighters album (not that anyone would really want one)

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 10:21 AM

I'm sure glad I never fell for the nirvana gimmick, nor the beatles for that matter.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 10:30 AM

Yeah, glad you never fell for the whole "music" gimmick. So lame.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 10:37 AM

How could someone not like nirvana or the beatles? They had PR people and marketing teams working around the clock making sure they appealed to the widest demo possible. They're the walmart of music and they cannot be avoided.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 10:49 AM

Grunge was only good for a very short period of time. Lets not forget the fallout that was experienced toward the end of that decade: Nickelback, Staind, Puddle of Mud, Creed, etc.

Makes you wonder, was it worth it?

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 11:02 AM

The Monkeys > The Beatles

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 11:15 AM

Just the fact that this post has 80 something comments shows how influential and important Nirvana and/or Grohl are/is.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 11:37 AM

"what about Chad Channing, Dale Crover, Jason Everman?"

Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic ain't got nothing on Chad Channing, Dale Crover, and Jason Everman.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 12:03 PM

"Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic ain't got nothing on Chad Channing, Dale Crover, and Jason Everman."

Chad Channing, Dale Crover, and Jason Everman ain't got shit on Carol Channing, Stockard Channing, and Morgan Fairchild.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 12:19 PM

^ True. That's a good point you have there.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 12:22 PM

Pat played live with them the last two years, I think. He did all the photoshoots/interviews so he was pretty much part of the band.

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 1:10 PM

Did the grunge movement also have a strong hummus contingent?

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 1:39 PM

Carol Channing knows the deal with you BV cunts! Y'all don't fuck with Gangsta Channing!

Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2011 2:19 PM

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