|One surprise summer rock anthem coupled with a video of the band doing the senior citizen time warp, one extraterrestrial opus complete with floating children, and one “search for hope in this day and age where you feel as if you’re fighting for your life with every passing moment, and everything is on the line” and now finally…
… 2017’s most massive and ambitious rock n roll opus has arrived: September 15 is here and so is Foo Fighters’ all new ninth studio album Concrete and Gold, released on this day A.D. Roswell Records/RCA Records.
Written and performed by Foo Fighters, produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters, and mixed by Darrell Thorp, Concrete and Gold is eleven songs that push Foo Fighters’ melodic and hard rock extremes like never before—and early critical notices have been fittingly over the top, shaping up to be the most positive of Foo Fighters’ monolithic career:
“Turbocharged… a steady supply of fierce riffs, anthem-topping melodies and believable angst… Foo Fighters keep honing their skills.”—THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Arguably the biggest American rock band of the past 20 years”—ROLLING STONE
“There are some real impactful sun-through-the-clouds harmonies all across the album, reminiscent of Abbey Road’s choir-like accents that made weightless rock songs with real meat on their bones… the best Foo Fighters album of this century… Perhaps we have a few superheroes left above ground after all.”—STEREOGUM
“This is thrilling, heroic rock.”—ASSOCIATED PRESS
“Stretches Grohl’s melodic capacities into unsuspecting chord changes that seesaw delightfully atop White Album harmonies”—CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“Rock’s reigning kings get an infusion of power and pop… The Foos go for more artistically than they have in years and succeed every time.”—NEWSDAY
“One of the true landmark albums set to drop this fall.”—UPROXX
“All the gems are hidden in plain sight… Their sound doesn’t age… there’s no one else like them anymore: They’re a mainstream of one.”—VULTURE
Concrete and Gold’s arrival was most recently heralded by the straightforward FF signature burner “The Line.” Prior to that, “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” was visually realized as a Grohl-directed kaleidoscopic sci-fi mini-epic as hypnotic as the slow burning rock stomper that gave it life. The run-up to Concrete and Gold began just as auspiciously, with the June 1 surprise release of the Billboard Mainstream Rock #1 smash “Run.” With more than 2 million YouTube views in its first 24 hours, “Run” rocketed into the top 5 of the iTunes video chart and the top of the 15 iTunes singles chart—quickly amassing the highest first-day numbers of any single in the Foo Fighters’ career.
Also premiering on the day of Concrete and Gold’s release is “The Making of Concrete and Gold,” an animated featurette written by narrator and main toon Dave Grohl, directed by Visual Creatures and illustrated by Joe Garber. For anyone who’s ever wondered what birds, bees, chicken wings, Justin Timberlake and Paul McCartney have in common, the answers are all there in the animated rockumentary “The Making of Concrete and Gold,” which can be enjoyed over and over at http://smarturl.it/FFMCG.
Concrete and Gold will naturally be supported with a grueling trek of the arena, stadium and festival stages of the world. The U.S. leg kicks off October 7 with the band’s Cal Jam 17 festival at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, CA: a non-stop 100% live 12-hour rock n roll extravaganza featuring Queens Of The Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Liam Gallagher, The Kills, Royal Blood, Japandroids, Wolf Alice, Bob Mould, The Struts, Bully, Circa Waves, Babes in Toyland, Adia Victoria, Fireball Ministry, The Obsessed, Pinky Pinky, Starcrawler, White Reaper… as well as camping, carnival rides, a water park, attractions, a mobile recording studio & so much more. On Fridaynight, October 6, campers will also experience the world’s best Go-Go band Big Tony & Trouble Funk, an outdoor movie theater and many other surprises.
For further information, go to Caljamfest.com.
Foo Fighters are Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee.
Concrete and Gold U.S. Tour 2017
OCTOBER 7 – San Bernardino, CA – CAL JAM 17 @ Glen Helen Regional Park with Queens of the Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Liam Gallagher, The Kills, Royal Blood, Japandroids, Wolf Alice, Bob Mould, The Struts, Bully, Circa Waves, Babes in Toyland, Adia Victoria, Fireball Ministry, The Obsessed, Pinky Pinky, Starcrawler, White Reaper, Big Tony & Trouble Funk and more
OCTOBER 12 – Washington DC – The Anthem (SOLD OUT)
OCTOBER 14 – Richmond, VA – Richmond Coliseum (SOLD OUT)
OCTOBER 15 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum (SOLD OUT)
OCTOBER 17 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
OCTOBER 18 – Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boling Arena
OCTOBER 20 – Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena (SOLD OUT)
OCTOBER 21 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
OCTOBER 23 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
OCTOBER 24 – Memphis,TN – FedExForum
OCTOBER 26 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at The BJCC
OCTOBER 28 – New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
NOVEMBER 7 – Madison, WI – Kohl Center (SOLD OUT)
NOVEMBER 8 – Champaign, IL – State Farm Arena
NOVEMBER 10 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
NOVEMBER 11 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center (SOLD OUT)
NOVEMBER 13 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
NOVEMBER 15 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
DECEMBER 1 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
DECEMBER 2 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center (SOLD OUT)
DECEMBER 4 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
DECEMBER 5 – Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena (SOLD OUT)
DECEMBER 7 – Nampa ID – Ford Idaho Center
DECEMBER 9 – Billings MT – Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
DECEMBER 10 – Casper WY – Casper Events Center
DECEMBER 12 – Salt Lake City UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena