We’re four weeks into the rollout of Foo Fighters‘ eighth studio album, Sonic Highways, and to mix things up Dave Grohl and co have debuted not one but two new tracks from the album.
During an in-studio session for BBC Radio 1 today, the Foos played Outside, which brings a touch of Grohl’s beloved Police to the classic Foo Fighters sound. Unofficial sixth member Rami Jaffee adds some swirling keys, and a reverberant Andy Summers-esque lead fills the space in the breakdown, sandwiched between some very Everlong riffs.
The second newbie is the studio version of What Did I Do?/God As My Witness, which starts as a more straightforward radio-friendly rocker with a wall of guitars, slowing things down as we morph into the second half of the track, before we’re back into the power chords, and a suspiciously Beatles-esque riff.
The studio version of Outside was recorded at Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness was recorded in Austin with Gary Clark, Jr, both of which will feature in the next episode of the Sonic Highways doco series.
Gary Clark, Jr, was also today announced as part of the Foos’ massive 20th anniversary celebration concert, to be held in Washington D.C. next year.
Foo Fighters are, of course, touring Australia and New Zealand next year on their Sonic Highways world tour, taking in eight venues in total. Sonic Highways the album is released 10th November. Tour details, and the brand-new Foos tracks, are below.
Listen: Foo Fighters – What Did I Do? / God as My Witness
Listen: Foo Fighters – Outside (Live at BBC Maida Vale)
Foo Fighters Australia & New Zealand Tour Dates
Frontier Members pre-sale will run for 24 hours from 10am* AEDT Tuesday 11th November or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation is exhausted.
*start times vary per show – visit site for details.
General public tickets on sale from Thursday 13th November, 10am local time (Australian shows) / 12noon NZDT (New Zealand shows)
Wednesday, 18th February 2015
AMI Stadium, Christchurch (All Ages)
Saturday, 21st February 2015
Mt. Smart Stadium, Auckland (All Ages)
Tuesday, 24th February 2015
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane (All Ages)
Thursday, 26th February 2015
ANZ Stadium, Sydney (All Ages)
Saturday, 28th February 2015
Etihad Stadium, Melbourne (All Ages)
Monday, 2nd March 2015
Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart (All Ages)
Wednesday, 4th March 2015
Coopers Stadium, Adelaide (All Ages)
Saturday, 7th March
nib Stadium, Perth (All Ages)