Live On the Radio 1996 was recorded 24 years ago for a segment on the radio show ROCKLINE by producer Scott Weiss — who coincidentally became a digital audio producer at Amazon Music years later. After recently rediscovering the long-forgotten recordings, Weiss worked with Bob Coburn and the rest of the ROCKLINE crew to prepare the special audio for re-release.
The EP features acoustic renditions of “For All The Cows” from Foo Fighters’ self-titled debut, “Up In Arms” from their then-unreleased 1997 album The Colour and the Shape, and the non-album cut “How I Miss You”. It also includes a never-before-released version of “Wattershed” where Dave Grohl swaps the lyrics for a story about a trip to Canada, all sung in the style of the B-52s frontman Fred Schneider.
“The band laughed and then dove in and started to work up the idea. The show would cut away for commercials and [Foo Fighters] would practice the new Wattershed idea,” said Weiss when recalling the moment. “The version of Wattershed that would soon be known as ‘Water Fred’ was born.”
Earlier this month, Foo Fighters performed a stripped-down set on Kimmel and then played their first show since the pandemic at the Troubadour for #SOSFest. That set was comprised of five acoustic songs, which segue pretty nicely into this new live EP.
The EP’s release also coincides with Foo Fighters’ 25th anniversary. Unfortunately, the pandemic postponed the band’s celebratory “Van Tour” and the release of a new album, but the band did recently launch a 25th anniversary merch capsule. Additionally, tomorrow night they’ll participate in a virtual Tom Petty birthday bash.
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Live On the Radio 1996 Tracklist:
01. How I Miss You (Amazon Original)
02. Up In Arms (Amazon Original)
03. For All the Cows (Amazon Original)
04. Wattershed (Amazon Original)