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When Dave Grohl announced that Foo Fighters were working on material for a new album last August, he giddily teased that the band was “going to make this album in a way that no-one’s ever done before.” Our own Michael Roffman speculated on what approaches Grohl might be thinking of utilizing, from recording in space to recording the album in a live venue. If a new rumor published in Billboard is to be believed, Roffman may have actually hit the nail on the head with one guess: recording each track in a different city.
The Twitter fan account FooArchive recently posted a scan of a section from Billboard’s “Over Heard” rumors column, which said “an insider” had told the magazine Grohl “is scouting iconic studios in 12 cities” for the next Foo album. Apparently, he’s had his eyes on locations in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and, unsurprisingly, Seattle.
While this is purely rumor at this point, it’s a reasonable one. Grohl is known for his appreciation of classic studios, as demonstrated by his Sound City documentary, album, and tour. Dragging his band around to 12 such locations would certainly be a unique approach to record making and could even be used as a springboard to get listeners more intrigued about where their favorite music is made (12 mini-documentaries, perhaps?).
Is it just coincidence that members of the band were recently spotted in Chicago? Time will tell. Keep your eyes here as more details are revealed, including what Grohl meant when he told Rolling Stone they’d be “writing the album in a way that [he doesn't] think has been done before.”