I would feel remiss to go without mentioning the Foo Fighters right now. Their current album is 2011’s Wasting Light which is well worth several listens and with their performance and winnings at the 2012 Grammy Awards I just have to talk about them. They were nominated in 6 categories: Album of the Year, Best Rock Performance, Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Album and Best Long Form Music Video (for Back and Forth) and won 5 of the 6 (all but Album of the Year).
Following the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994 Dave Grohl pressed on forming the Foo Fighters with himself as the sole permanent member of the band at the time. 18 years and 11 Grammys later they’re still rocking on cranking out hit after hit. Grohl and his mates have discovered a formula for success in modern rock and they are not shy about putting it to use on each of their studio efforts. Fortunately for us fans that formula translates excellently into live concert energy. I was lucky enough to see the Foo Fighters on tour when I was in college in support of One By One and to this day that concert remains one of my favorites of all time.
If you heard Grohl’s acceptance speech for Best Rock Performance he just gets it. Music is human. It’s from the heart and soul. It’s fun. That comes though on every one of their albums and at every one of their shows, even as he’s cracking some god awful jokes in between songs. Congratulations on the latest Grammy wins and keep it up guys, I’ll be waiting to pop the cork on the Foo Fighters 20th Anniversary two years from now!
Go give a listen to Wasting Light and see what you think. Rock on.