Foo Fighters debut new song and announce album
Assorted ramblings from the world of Dave Grohl:
l Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters were all over the television Saturday night and announced some big news Sunday morning.
Warren native Grohl opened the 130-minute HBO special created in place of the traditional Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
A few hours later, Foo Fighters was the musical guest for “Saturday Night Live,” which became “Sunday Morning Live” in the eastern time zone as the Clemson-Notre Dame football game pushed the start time to about 12:30 a.m.
The band played a reworked version of “Times Like These” — stripped down and almost a cappella to start before building to full-throttled fury — in its second slot, but it unveiled a new song, “Shame Shame,” for its first appearance.
The song is a bit of a departure for the Foos. Grohl tries some new things vocally, and Taylor Hawkins’ percussion has an almost melodic role on sections of the song. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it on first listen, but I think it’s a grower.
Both the SNL performance and an official music video (a stark black-and-white clip featuring Grohl and an incredibly limber dancer on a barren landscape) can be found on YouTube.
After the SNL debut, Foo Fighters announced that “Shame Shame” is the first single from its upcoming 10th album, “Medicine at Midnight,” which will be released Feb. 5, 2021. Grohl has described it as “a party album,” and it includes nine songs and clocks in at 37 minutes total.
The other songs are “Making a Fire,” “Cloudspotter,” “Waiting on a War,” “Medicine at Midnight,” “No Son of Mine,” “Holding Poison,” “Chasing Birds” and “Love Dies Young.”
Foo Fighters also will do a livestream concert from the Roxy in Hollywood at 8 p.m. Saturday. The full concert is available for $15, and ticket buyers will have replay access to the full stream for 48 hours.
l I didn’t watch the Rock Hall induction ceremony when it debuted on Saturday — there was an acceptance speech that seemed more important — but I did catch it on Sunday.
It was exceedingly well done. A mix of interviews, performance footage and photographs were assembled to create tight, informative tributes to each member of the class of 2020 — Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T. Rex, along with Ahmet Ertegun Award honorees Jon Landau and Irving Azoff.
I particularly enjoyed, during the Doobie Brothers segment, the inclusion of a clip from the band’s appearance on the TV sitcom “What’s Happening” in the ’70s.
Granted, the show never aired live on HBO in the past, but without an audience to speak to directly, the acceptance speeches felt more concise and less rambling in this format.
However, the one thing that couldn’t be replicated without a live ceremony is the performances — inductees reuniting with estranged bandmates, one-of-a-kind pairings as acts are joined on stage by the artists who influenced them or who they inspired.
During his acceptance speech, NIN’s Trent Reznor said he realized that the part he was looking forward to the most was the chance to play with some of those musicians once again. Most viewers will feel the same.
Hopefully, it will be a part of the 2021 ceremony, which is supposed to be in Cleveland. And one of the acts that will be eligible for induction for the first time is … Foo Fighters.
Andy Gray is the entertainment editor for Ticket. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.