For their upcoming eighth studio album, Foo Fighters have been recording in various studios across the country. This week, they descended on New Orleans, setting up shop at Preservation Hall for a multi-day session with Butch Vig. On Saturday night, however, they walked out of the studio and onto the stage delivering a surprise performance at the Preservation Hall’s courtyard which shut down an entire city block.
According to The Times-Picayune, the show began just after 9:00pm with a set from Preservation Hall Jazz Band themselves. Several VIP guests were in attendance, including Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, who joined the Press Hall band for a performance of “Iko Iko”.
Foo Fighters followed with a 90-minute set of their own, chock full of greatest hits like “Times Like These”, “My Hero”, “Learn to Fly”, and “These Days”. Later in their set, the Foos were joined by members of Preservation Hall and Trombone Shorty for a horns-heavy rendition of “This is a Call”.
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Throughout the set, Grohl discussed the album’s recording process and the band’s experiences in New Orleans. Grohl wrote lyrics after immersing himself into the city and interviewing various musicians for his upcoming HBO series. “This time, I feel like we really have gotten it right,” Grohl said of their unique recording process. “We stayed here long enough so we learned a little bit about the city. We made a lot of friends.”
“We’ve been to a lot of great places, we’ve jammed with a lot of great people,” Grohl continued. “But this week in this city has changed our band forever.”
Foo Fighters’ as-yet-untitled eighth LP is due out later this year through Roswell/RCA Records. The band has (or will) record in seven other U.S. cities, including Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington, DC, and New York.
Update: Watch video from the show below.