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Foo News Round-Up: Grohl Out of Cast, New “Rock Band” Tracks

Seems like there's never a shortage of Foo Fighters news as the group troops its way through North America. The latest highlights include...

* Frontman Dave Grohl is no longer in a cast. Grohl now wears a removable boot on the right leg he broke after felling from the stage June 12 in Sweden. Grohl tells Rolling Stone that he's "starting to do a little rehab exercise...The swelling's down. The pain's gone. It's just a matter of getting those kick-drum muscles back, man. I can't fuckin' lose those. That's important to me." Grohl says he's also dealing with ligament and cartilage issues that will be repaired through physical therapy.

* The Quebec newspaper Le Soleil sent a cartoonist rather than a photographer to the Foos' rain-shortened show Saturday (July 11) in Quebec City to protest the group's restrictive photo police. In a note to readers, the paper said that, "Not only could accredited photographers at the show...not publish their work once, they had to give up all rights." The paper instead chose to publish sketches by cartoonist Francis Desharnais, which it felt would not fall under the restrictions. The Foos have been criticized for a policy that requires approval of photos before their published, one-time-only use and gives group ownership of all photos afterwards to use as it pleases.

* The Foos' song "The Feast and the Famine" from 2014's "Sonic Highways" is one of the new tracks announced for the upcoming Rock Band 4 interactive game, which is due out October 6.

* The Foos have opened a pop-up store in Manhattan in conjunction with its shows on Wednesday and Thursday (July 14-15) at New York's Citi Field. The shop features a variety of New York Mets-themed Foos merchandise, along with a special "Break A Leg" T-shirt referencing Grohl's injury.

 

 

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.