Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold: 10 things you didn't know
Staff writer - January 02, 2018

Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold: 10 things you didn't know

Justin Timberlake sings backing vocals on it?
Foo Fighters Concrete and Gold album cover

So you feel like you know the new Foo Fighters’ album ‘Concrete and Gold’ like the back of your hand? We get it. Can’t stop listening to it either…

But we reckon there’s a few things you might not know about the US rockers’ number one record...

1. Justin Timberlake sings backing vocals on one track

Apparently the former boyband singer happened to be at EastWest Studios in California where the band were recording the album and asked if he could appear on it in.

Lead singer Dave Grohl agreed, thinking it would be fun to see if fans would notice which track he appears on (SPOILER: it's 'Make It Right').

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2. Sir Paul McCartney plays drums on 'Sunday Rain'


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Grohl asked the former Beatle if he would be interested in doing something on the new album, but assumed he was just being polite by saying "yes."

The band were gobsmacked when the living legend reminded them of the pending collaboration and demanded to know when it was happening.

3. Dave Grohl was desperate to get Adele’s producer to work on it


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A while before they started pre-production on the album, Grohl fell in love with indie pop band The Bird and the Bee, a duo featuring Greg Kurstin. They later met at a restaurant when Grohl realised he was a big-time producer.

The Foo Fighters’ manager said he’d never agree to work on a heavy rock album, but after he and Grohl formed a friendship, he offered his services.

4. Donald Trump heavily influenced the album

Grohl claims Donald Trump’s presidency awoke the angry punk rocker from his youth, which shaped the new album.

He told Kerrang, “I’m looking at a candidate that has blatant disregard for the future environmentally, when it comes to women’s rights, diplomatically… I have three daughters that are going to survive me for decades – how are they going to get on unless there’s some positive and progressive change?”

5. Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men makes an appearance


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Another surprise star that features on ‘Concrete and Gold’ is Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men. Grohl was looking for a choir sound for the album’s title track when they bumped into the R&B singer in the car park of the recording studio. His voice is layered several times to create the choral effect.

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6. ‘The Sky is a Neighbourhood’ nearly didn’t make the cut


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The Foo Fighters felt ‘Concrete and Gold’ was finished and so went on a two-week holiday. However, while relaxing in Hawaii, Grohl was inspired by the night sky and began writing what would later become the album’s second single and a number one hit on the UK Official Rock and Metal chart.

The track was recorded in a single afternoon.

7. ‘The Sky is a Neighbourhood’ video stars Grohl’s real-life daughters

Grohl decided ‘The Sky Is A Neighbourhood’ would be the perfect video to feature his kids after the pair had constantly bugged him about appearing in a Foo Fighters promo.

In the video, the girls read a storybook featuring lyrics from the track as the band perform on the roof.

8. The video for ‘Run’ was a response to the notion that the band are too old

The band’s drummer Taylor Hawkins apparently lamented the fact they had to promote the album because they don’t look as young as they used to.

After a discussion about age not being important, Grohl drew up a treatment for the video, which sees a bunch of retirees breaking out of a nursing home.

9. The Foo Fighters released an outtake track in support of Planned Parenthood


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While most of what doesn’t make it onto a Foo Fighters album ends up on the cutting room floor, one cut track saw the light of day when Planned Parenthood decided to put together a charity album to raise funds.

The organisation - which is under threat from the Trump administration - asked the band to feature on ‘7 inches for Planned Parenthood’. The track, ‘Soldier’, is also available as a digital download.

10. During the promotional tour, the band did an impromptu collab with Rick Astley


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While performing in Tokyo, the Foo Fighters spotted a familiar face in the crowd. The ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ hitmaker was in town and came to see the band, who couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do a heavy rock cover of the star’s signature track.

They later teamed up again at London’s The O2.

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