What We Know About Foo Fighters' 'Concrete and Gold'

Paul Tuller
Dave Grohl 

Rocking On

The Foos’ ninth LP, Concrete and Gold, comes Sept. 15 -- the latest chapter in a career that has spanned over two decades and seen the band grow into an American rock institution. But the Foos haven’t grown complacent, opting to work with writer/producer-to-the-stars Greg Kurstin for the first time.

Size Matters

Bandleader Dave Grohl has said he wants the record to feel like “Mötörhead’s version of Sgt. Pepper” and has teased a special guest as “probably the biggest pop star in the world.” Kurstin says Foo fans will be “pleasantly surprised” by the album’s balance of volume and variety: “It’s loud and aggressive but also really beautiful at times.”

Raising His Voice

For the first time on an album in over a decade, Grohl passed the mic to drummer Taylor Hawkins for one track that Kurstin calls “one of my favorite moments of the record.”

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 2 issue of Billboard.