The Foo Fighters will release a new album next year that features special help from singer Dave Grohl’s old Nirvana bandmate, bassist Krist Novoselic, the frontman revealed to BBC Radio 1. The as-yet-untitled set, which would be the group’s seventh studio album, is also being helmed by “Nevermind” producer Butch Vig.
Grohl told Radio 1 host Zane Lowe that he and his bandmates have spent the last month and a half “recording in my garage, totally old school analog,” and that the group has finished seven songs thus far. “This whole project has been really cool. I haven’t made a record with Butch for 20 years,” he said.
The as-yet-untitled album will be the Foos’ first since 2007’s “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace,” which earned a Grammy nod for album of the year and moved 889,000 units, according the Nielsen SoundScan. Afterwards, the band went on hiatus as Grohl focused on his drumming duties for Them Crooked Vultures, his hard-rock supergroup with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age. During Foo Fighters’ downtime, a “Greatest Hits” album was issued in Nov. 2009 and has since sold 333,000 copies.
Although their new album is incomplete, Foo Fighters have already announced two U.K. stadium shows at Buckinghamshire’s Milton Keynes Bowl for July 2-3, 2011. Biffy Clyro, Death Cab For Cutie and Jimmy Eat World have been tapped as openers for the shows.
“I know the record and I can’t wait ’til everyone else hears it,” Grohl said. “Foo Fighter fans are going to freak out because honestly, it’s awesome.”
The band also plans to release a film that captures it in the studio. “Basically 2011 you’re not gonna be able to get us out of your hair, that’s what we’re planning,” Grohl said.