February 17, 2012


Ground Control to Major Grohl

Dave Grohl: Badass drummer. Guitarist extraordinaire. Lover of coffee. Straight-up hilarious dude. All around “Nicest Guy in Rock.” Now he may have a new bullet point for his immaculate resume: ummm… spaceman?

Yep. Dave Grohl told MTV that Foo Fighters are planning to hit the studio this year to record their next album—and that studio may be in space. “We have an idea,” he explained. “It’s kind of a really big idea. [We’re going to record it] in space. To tape. An analogue moonshot.” 

Well then. It remains to be seen if he’s like, you know, serious. But, hey, it’s Dave Grohl. He’s already defied the limits of rock n’ roll, right? Right.

MTV also reports that producer Butch Vig will rejoin for the next release. Which is great news because Vig not only recorded Nirvana’s seminal album Nevermind, but also worked with the Foos on last year’s Wasting Light, which won five GRAMMY awards Sunday night at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, where Grohl and Co. straight melted faces live, twice. You can probably guess whether I called them Awesome or Awkward in my GRAMMY article.

Grohl also talked about his other project: Sound City, a documentary film about the legendary L.A. recording studio of the same name. "We released a teaser trailer [watch below] ... there may be an album that accompanies [it]," he said. "I recorded a lot of songs with a lot of people in the past couple months. There used to be a recording studio called Sound City that was in the San Fernando Valley. Nirvana recorded there in 1991. It was this really beautiful dump in the middle of a warehouse district. A lot of great records were made there.

"Fleetwood Mac made records there; Neil Young made records there. Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Dio, Ratt, Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, Rage Against the Machine did their first record there, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica ... Evel Knievel, Charles Manson recorded there, Barry White, Johnny Cash," he added. "So I interview them to tell the history of the studio, but then I invite them back to record with me, and we make a record."

I really, really want to hear this record. Now. So, Dave, before you go to space, please make this happen. Thanks.