The Foo Fighters release surprise live EP for ‘Area 51 Day’

Whether you’re “Naruto” running your way to Area 51 or watching the dumpster fire that is ‘Storm Area 51’ from the comfort of your computer screen, everyone is doing something.

Cue the Foo Fighters who decided to get in on the non-holiday by giving us some jams.

On Friday (Sept. 20), the Washington-founded act unleashed their 00050525 Live in Roswell live EP to celebrate the Facebook-created event.

Surprisingly, the concert where this show was recorded did not take place recently; it actually took place on June 18, 2005, at the now-defunct Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico.

Now, you may be wondering what does the Foo Fighters’ show in Rosewell and Area 51 (which is in Nevada) have to do with one another? Well, all we can say is:

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But we digress.

The seven-song record features several, if not all, of their biggest hits such as “Learn to Fly,” “My Hero,” “Monkey Wrench,” “Everlong,” “Best of You,” and more.

Because the Foo Fighters are everyone’s favorite dads, they also uploaded a poster on Facebook with the proper way to act when invading Area 51/greeting your new “foreign” friends.

But in all seriousness, the Foo Fighters reveal on their website that the Roswell show was a special one for them; it was a one-of-a-kind tenth-anniversary gig.

“This was a special 10th-anniversary show held at a disused Air Force base close to the site of the supposed Roswell UFO incident in 1947,” the band posted online.

“The event was sponsored by Real Media with the company running a competition and flying winners to the airbase from across the United States to watch the show.”

To purchase the newly released EP, all you need to do is head on over to the Foo Fighters’ website.

For those who have been sleeping on the outrageous Area 51 invasion, it all started as a joke on Facebook, like almost anything nowadays.

Since jokes tend to get out of hand quickly, millions of people RSVP’d to the “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” event which prompted the Air Force to get involved. They even warned attendees that they “always stand ready to protect America and its assets.”

All we have to say is:

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Foo Fighters, Robert Plant, Zac Brown Band to headline Bourbon and Beyond 2019

The Foo Fighters, Robert Plant, and the Zac Brown Band are just some of the acts that will make their way to Kentucky in the fall for this year’s Bourbon & Beyond music festival. On Tuesday (March 12), festival officials unveiled the lineup for the 2019 incarnation of the annual event.

Joining the aforementioned acts on the bill are: John Fogerty, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Nathaniel Rateliffe & the Night Sweats, Trey Anastasio Band, Leon Bridges, the Flaming Lips, Alison Krauss, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, +LIVE+, Grace Potter, Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Sensational Space Shifters (who were initially scheduled for 2018), and ZZ Top who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2019.

In total, more than 45 musicians will take one of three stages during the three-day event.

As if the music portion of the festival wasn’t enough to get people stoked for the upcoming event, the three-day show’s centerpiece —Kroger’s Big Bourbon Bar presented by Louisville Courier-Journal— will feature more than two dozen hand-selected bourbons from top distilleries as well as a unique opportunity to enjoy bourbons and exclusive one-time specialty cocktails.

Angel’s Envy, 1972, Barrell Bourbon, Bloody Butcher’s Creed, Buffalo Trace, Coopers’ Craft, Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Kentucky Peerless, Michter’s, Old Forester, StoneHammer, and Wild Turkey are just some of the big names heading to Kentucky in September.

As part of their partnership with Kroger’s and their Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative, 25 cents from each ticket sold will be donated directly to Dare to Care Food Bank.

Because a person cannot live on alcohol alone, the festival will also include “a taste of Louisville” with selections from local and regional restaurants such as Boss Hog BBQ, Couvillion, Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar, Ehrler’s Ice Cream, Eli’s BBQ, Heine Brothers Coffee, Hull And Highwater, Joella’s Hot Chicken, Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, Sarino, Seviche, and more.

Dubbed as the “world’s largest bourbon festival,” this year will also mark the first year that the event has expanded from two to three days.

Bourbon & Beyond will invade the new Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center during the weekend of Sept. 20 – 22. Several ticket packages are available for purchase on the festival’s website. They are currently offering several ticket options including three-day passes, single-day passes, and VIP experiences.

The daily lineup for Bourbon & Beyond can be found below

Friday, Sept. 20: Foo Fighters, John Fogerty, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Flaming Lips, +LIVE+, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Greensky Bluegrass, Blackberry Smoke, [artist TBA], Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Pearl, Mipso, Amythyst Kiah

Saturday, Sept. 21: Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Trey Anastasio Band, Alison Krauss, Grace Potter, Squeeze, Jenny Lewis, Del McCoury Band, Samantha Fish, The White Buffalo, Maggie Rose, Patrick Droney, The Travelin’ McCourys, Cedric Burnside, Ben Sollee

Sunday, Sept. 22: Zac Brown Band, ZZ Top, Leon Bridges, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, Kurt Vile And The Violators, Margo Price, Little Steven And The Disciples Of Soul, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, White Reaper, Whiskey Myers, Southern Avenue, Caroline Jones, Dustbowl Revival, The Lil Smokies, Front Country

Foo Fighters, System of a Down, Joan Jett lead inaugural Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival

The inaugural Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival is about to show all other music festivals how to put together a rocking roster. On Monday (Nov. 26), Danny Wimmer Presents unveiled the lengthy lineup for the inaugural Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival. The forthcoming festival, which will replace Ohio’s long-running Rock on the Range, will feature some of the biggest names in the rock and metal genre.

The Foo Fighters, System of a Down, Disturbed, Bring Me the Horizon, the Prodigy, Ghost, Halestorm, Lamb of God, Chevelle, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and the Cult are just some of the major acts that will make their way to Columbus in mid-May.

Joining the aforementioned artists on the bill will be Tom Morello, Killswitch Engage, In This Moment, Parkway Drive, Beartooth, Scars on Broadway, Architects, Avatar, Bad Wolves, The Fever 333, Badflower, The Glorious Sons, Issues, Yungblud, H09909, Black Pistol Fire, Scarlxrd, Zeal & Ardor, Basement, The Black Dahlia Murder, and more.

In addition to the long-list of bands, Sonic Temple will also include a comedy and spoken word tent. Andrew Dice Clay, Henry Rollins, and Pauly Shore have been confirmed with more acts to be announced at a later date.

“Although in its inaugural year, Sonic Temple’s pedigree is proven, and its roots are strong; it made total sense for us to be involved,” System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian said in a press statement. “One could argue that it was a long time coming. We’ll see you all in Columbus this May.”

Disturbed’s David Draiman mirrors Odadjian sentiment: “We are honored to share the stage with all of our amazingly talented friends and colleagues at the upcoming Sonic Temple Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Are You Ready?!?!”

The Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival will make its debut at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio during the weekend of May 17 – 19.

General admission tickets, VIP tickets, premium VIP tickets, and camping packages go on sale beginning this Friday, Nov. 30, at noon EST. For more information about the festival, tickets, or the artists, head on over to the festival’s website here.

The upcoming three-day event will replace Columbus’ long-running Rock on the Range Festival. Back in September, Danny Wimmer Presents announced plans to put an end to Rock on The Range, but assured rock and metal fans that something bigger would be coming.

“When we started Rock on the Range, there was no other festival in America quite like it but recently it became clear that we had different visions of where to take the festival next. The city of Columbus and our devoted rock fans deserve a one-of-a-kind, world-class festival, and that is exactly what Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival will bring to MAPFRE Stadium.”

The official poster for Sonic Temple can be seen below.

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Metallica, Foo Fighters, Ryan Adams to lead Chris Cornell tribute concert

The Foo Fighters, Metallica, and Ryan Adams are just some of the acts that will take the stage at the beginning of the year to honor Chris Cornell’s legacy. On Tuesday (Nov. 13), it was announced that a massive tribute event will be held in mid-January to honor Cornell almost two years after his untimely death. Titled “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell,” the concert will take place on Jan. 16, 2019 at the Forum in Los Angeles.

In addition to the previously announced acts, Cornell’s bands —Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog— were confirmed as special guest performers for the evening.

Jimmy Kimmel will host the event and special guests are expected to attend.

“We are honored to have all these amazing artists and friends come together to pay tribute to and show their love and appreciation for Chris, his music and the mark he’s left on the world.  We look forward to sharing this night with all the fans,” Cornell’s widow Vicky said in a press statement about the gathering.

Tickets for the event will go on sale beginning this Friday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. PST. Each ticket purchased for the tribute show will include a copy of Cornell’s self-titled career retrospective album.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation as well as The Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the painful and debilitating genetic disorder.

The official poster for the upcoming event can be seen below.

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Avenged Sevenfold, Ozzy Osbourne, Queens of the Stone Age to join Foo Fighters at Welcome to Rockville 2018

Just when you thought the Welcome to Rockville 2018 lineup couldn’t get any better, festival organizers unveiled the complete list of artists set to invade North Florida in the spring of 2018. On Monday (Nov. 6) Danny Wimmer Present unleashed their epic lineup for their Jacksonville-based music festival. Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Billy Idol, Queens of the Stone Age, and Ozzy Osbourne are just some of the big names that will take the stage during the first World’s Loudest Month music festival of the year.

“Since Welcome to Rockville’s inception seven years ago, I have been building towards this day: To bring not just the biggest rock festival in Jacksonville (or even Florida), but the biggest rock lineup in the United States to my hometown,” festival creator and producer Danny Wimmer said in a press release. “This is a triumph for me, my company, and the city that I love.”

Acts like The Used, Thrice, Underoath, Killswitch Engage, Black Veil Brides, Sevendust, Bullet For My Valentine, Atreyu, and many more will joined the aforementioned acts on the bill.

Welcome To Rockville tickets, VIP packages, as well as hotel and camping options are currently on sale on the music festival’s website here.

Welcome to Rockville 2018 will return to its home of Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, Florida during the weekend of April 27-29, 2018. Last month, festival organizers revealed that 2018 would mark the first year that the music festival would expand from two days to three. For now, the daily lineup, with the exception of one unknown act, can be seen below.

Foo Fighters to headline Welcome to Rockville 2018

Now that the cool fall season is upon us, many are probably reminiscing about the sunny days of spring and what usually comes with that time of year. The people behind some of the largest rock music festivals in the country are already getting a jump start on the warmer months by unveiling some big news for the 2018 edition of the World’s Loudest Month series. On Monday (Oct. 23), the people behind Danny Wimmer Presents officially announced that the Foo Fighters will be one of the headliners for the eighth the annual North Florida music festival.

“Next year’s [Welcome to] Rockville promises to be the biggest rock weekend Florida has ever seen and [the] Foo Fighters are only the beginning,” says festival producer and creator Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents. “I can’t wait to announce the full lineup for 2018.”

In addition to securing the Foo Fighters as one of the headliners for the Jacksonville-based music festival, Danny Wimmer Presents also confirmed that Welcome to Rockville will no longer be two days; it will now be a three-day music festival. The 2018 edition of the music festival will take place during the weekend of April 27 to April 29 at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

For Capital One members, VIP and general admission pre-sales tickets for Welcome to Rockville will go on sale beginning this Thursday, Oct. 26 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Pre-sales will then conclude a couple of days later on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 10:00 a.m. EST. For more information about the Capital One pre-sale, you can visit their website here.

For those who do not qualify for the Capital One pre-sales, general ticket sales will be available on Monday, Nov. 6 at noon EST. According to a press release from Danny Wimmer Presents, not only will tickets be available to the general public on that day, but festival organizers will also unveil the full lineup for the three-day music festival.

Welcome to Rockville will kick off the 2018 edition of the annual World’s Loudest Month festival series. The music festival series includes Carolina Rebellion, Fort Rock, Rock on the Range, Northern Invasion, and more.

Foo Fighters to release ‘Concrete & Gold’ in the fall

A few weeks after releasing the lead single from their at-the-time-still-untitled new record, the Foo Fighters have officially uncovered some new album information. On Tuesday (June 20), the Seattle-founded band confirmed the release of their ninth studio album. The new record will be titled Concrete & Gold and is set to be released on Sept. 15 through Roswell Records/ RCA Records.

The new album finds the band teaming up with producer Greg Kurstin whose portfolio includes artists like Sia, Pink, and Adele. While it may seem odd to see one of rock’s hardest working bands team up with a producer whose resume predominantly features pop stars with radio-friendly tunes, it was Kustin’s work with own band, The Bird & The Bee, that brought the Foos to his front door.

“It blew my mind, ‘Again and Again,'” frontman  Dave Grohl said in a press release about The Bird & The Bee’s song. “It was so much more sophisticated than anything I’d ever heard and I became obsessed.”

In the same release, Grohl also revealed how the group wanted to make the “biggest sounding” Foo Fighters album and having Kustin on board helped them reach that goal.

“I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever,” he said. “To make a gigantic rock record but with [producer] Greg Kurstin’s sense of melody and arrangement… Motorhead’s version of Sgt. Pepper… or something like that.”

Prior to Concrete & Gold‘s confirmation, the Foos had already revealed three songs that will be on the 11-track album; “The Sky is a Neighborhood,” “La Dee Da,” and lead single, “Run.”

In support of the new album’s release, the group will spend the rest of the year touring internationally. Before hitting the European touring circuit, the guys will launch their own music festival named Cal Jam 17. Cal Jam 17 will take place n Oct. 7 in San Bernardino, California and will include performances by Queens of the Stone Age, Liam Gallagher, Japandroids, and many more. After that, they will head across the pond and make appearances at Glastonbury Festival, Sonic Summer Festival, Lollapalooza Berlin, and Rock the Beach.

Concrete & Gold is the highly anticipated follow-up to the group’s 2014 release, Sonic Highways. During their time away, they did release a surprise EP titled Saint Cecilia to hold fans over until the new album was completed. For now, the complete track listing can be seen below.

CONCRETE & GOLD TRACK LISTING:

1. “T-Shirt”
2. “Run”
3. “Make it Right”
4. “The Sky is a Neighborhood”
5. “La Dee Da”
6. “Dirty Water”
7. “Arrows”
8. “Happy Ever After (Zero Hour)”
9. “Sunday Rain”
10. “The Line”
11. “Concrete and Gold”

Watch the Foo Fighters rock a retirement home in new video

Days after getting the plug pulled on them at BottleRock (but continued to play anyways), the Foo Fighters have given fans a major surprise. On Thursday (June 1), the Seattle-founded band unveiled their first new song, and its accompanying music video, in nearly two years. The new song is titled “Run” while the six-minute video for the new tune was directed by frontman Dave Grohl.

The clip begins with an older gentleman sitting in a chair in what appears to be a retirement home. The nurse appears with his meal and medicine reminding him to “take his pills” in a not so nice manner. As the nurse leaves the room, he crumples the plastic cup with the pills and throws it to the side.

The scene soon shifts to a room filled with a lot more retirees sitting, facing a stage. On the small setup of a stage are the guys from the Foo Fighters also appearing as senior citizens. The song begins soft and slow which does not seem to entertain the geriatric audience. As the song begins to speed up its tempo, the older gentleman from the beginning of the clip gets up from his chair and heads over to a column and starts to climb it.

As he reaches the top, the rude nurse and her orderlies attempt to get him down to no avail. Instead of climbing down, the older gentleman jumps from the top, landing on the orderlies, and begins to crowdsurf. That’s when things start to go crazy and chaos ensues as the retirees begin to revolt against the retirement home and escape into the night. Watch the complete video for “Run” above.

“Run” is the Foo Fighters’ first new song since the release of 2015’s Saint Cecilia EP even though their full-length album was 2014’s love letter different recording studios in the United States, Sonic Highways. Last month, the group debuted a new song titled “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” jumpstarting rumors that their new studio album may be right around the corner.

Foo Fighters Troll Everyone with ‘Official Announcement’

We’ve been trolled. The Foo Fighters are not breaking up. And to think, it’s not even April’s Fool Day yet. On Wednesday (March 2), after much speculation, buzz, and all around gossip, the Foo Fighters finally confirmed that they are not splitting up. When the New York Post’s Page Six posted an article earlier this week claiming that the band was indeed splitting up, everyone had something to say about it.

The band’s representative had told Entertainment Weekly the claims were “utterly ridiculous,” while the unidentified source told Page Six it was happening and that frontman Dave Grohl was going solo following his Oscars performance Instead of letting the speculations pan out, the band took to social media to announce that an “official announcement” about their relationship status would be made soon. As it turns out, all is good at camp Foo Fighters.

The “official announcement” was actually a 7-minutes clip that begins with several images of media publications that wrote about the band’s “inevitable break up.” Then, there is a brief clip of drummer Taylor Hawkins talking about the “disbandment” before the video changes to Grohl, sitting in a recording studio, discussing going solo. “Seeing as how the Academy Awards thing went so well, I got to thinking that maybe it’s time, ya know? Maybe it’s time for me to do my own thing,” he begins before discussing how he should go solo.

While Grohl is in his little world coming up with tracks for this fake album Phoney Baloney, the other members of the Foo Fighters are seen trying to revive the band. As the singer is creating his “solo music,” the rest of the group is brainstorming about who to recruit for the now-vacant spot. They throw out names like Diplo, Justin Bieber, Phil Collins (the original drummer), Gwen Stefani, and others. Check out what happen in the clip below.

While we feel embarrassed that we were one of the publications who was already planning the band’s eulogy, we’re definitely giving them props for trolling us. Serves us right for believing a gossip column.

Foo Fighters Tease Fans with Audio on Website

The Foo Fighters have been keeping fans on their toes since they launched a countdown clock on their website a few weeks back. As always, the speculations started to pour in about what exactly the countdown will lead to when it strikes zero. New music? New tour? Who knows, but the Foos themselves.

On Thursday (Nov. 19), the countdown clock began to do something different; it began to play some music. In addition to the audio, the website was also showing the words “Nothing’s Set in Stone” igniting the rumors of a new album. While the audio is just instruments, no lyrics, it could be a clue that there will be some new music on the other side of that countdown clock.

For now, check out a clip of the audio below and if by some chance it gets taken down, you ca always head on over to the Foo Fighters’ website and listen to it there.

The Foo Fighters have spent most of 2015 out on the road, touring in support of their recently released album, Sonic Highways. The band wrapped up the North American leg of their “Broken Leg Tour” (yes, a direct reference to Dave Grohl’s broken leg) back in October.