NEW YORK, Apr 4, 2007 — RCA Records announces today the re-signing of Foo Fighters to a new long-term recording agreement. Initially signed to RCA in 1999 the Foos, led by Dave Grohl with Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel and Chris Shiflett, have sold over 20 million albums worldwide to date. Debuting in 1995 with the self-titled Foo Fighters, the band has since earned four Grammy Awards including Best Rock Album for There Is Nothing Left To Lose (2000) and One By One (2003).
“There are good bands and there are very good bands and then there are the special outstanding hall of famers. The Foo Fighters are true rock and roll hall of famers. It’s been tremendously gratifying for us to be a part of their legacy and I’m thrilled that our special relationship will continue,” states Clive Davis.
Top Row: John Silva (Manager), Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters), Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters), Ashley Newton (EVP A&R, RCA Records), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters). Bottom Row: Charles Goldstuck (President & COO, BMG Label Group), Clive Davis (Chairman & CEO, BMG Label Group), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Richard Sanders (General Manager, RCA Records).
Founding Foo Fighter Dave Grohl comments, “With all the crazy sh*t that’s gone down in the record business over the last 10 years, it’s been a huge comfort to know that the people at RCA have always had our backs. The support and freedom they’ve given us has been invaluable and I’m glad to have them continuing with us into this band’s second decade.”
Foo Fighters are coming off their first live album, Skin and Bones, which documented the band’s summer 2006 tour. This series of intimate theater shows featured acoustic-flavored songs from the landmark double disc set, In Your Honor, along with fresh new interpretations of favorites from the band’s entire career. In Your Honor received tremendous critical praise -- The New York Times hailed it as “an unexpected magnum opus.”
This month the band returns to the recording studio to begin work on their sixth album with world-class producer Gil Norton, whose credits include Foo Fighters’ double platinum & Grammy-nominated The Colour and the Shape (1997) and classic albums by the Pixies, Echo & the Bunnymen and Patti Smith.
Heralded by The Hollywood Reporter as “one of America’s premier rock n roll bands,” Foo Fighters are confirmed to appear with The Police on June 23rd at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. On July 7th, the band will perform as part of “Live Earth” -- a 24-hour live concert event spanning seven continents and organized by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the S.O.S. (Save Our Selves) campaign to highlight the dangers of global warming. The concerts will take place in Sydney, Australia; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Shanghai, China; London, England; Kyoto, Japan; Johannesburg, South Africa; and a U.S. city to be announced. In addition, Foo Fighters are headlining the UK’s V Festival in August 2007, which has already broken records for being the fastest sell out in the history of the event.