It’s times like these: Foo Fighters’ new album “Concrete and Gold” arrives today

Roswell Records/RCA RecordsThe wait is finally over. The new Foo Fighters album, Concrete and Gold, is here.

It was a bit of a surprise when Foo Fighters first announced Concrete and Gold over the summer, especially since the band was battling rumors of their break-up as recently as a year ago. They dismissed those in March 2016 with a comic video declaring, “for the millionth time, we’re not breaking up.”

Even so, the Foos remained pretty quiet throughout 2016 as they recovered from the massive tour behind their last album, 2014’s Sonic Highways. Secretly, though, they were working on a new record.

In June, Foo Fighters released a thrashy new song called “Run,” accompanied by a video that found Dave Grohl and company tearing up a nursing home while wearing old-age makeup. Later that month, the band announced the full details of Concrete and Gold.

At the time, Grohl described the album — which was produced by Greg Kurstin, known for his work with Adele and Sia — as “Motorhead‘s version of Sgt. Pepper.

Grohl also teased that Concrete and Gold would be filled with guests. One by one they were revealed: The KillsAlison Mosshart, Boyz II Men‘s Shawn Stockman, and even Paul McCartney. And don’t forget the mystery “biggest pop star in the world” who sang back-up vocals on the album, who was finally revealed to be Justin Timberlake.

Along with “Run,” Foo Fighters previewed Concrete and Gold with the singles “The Sky Is a Neighborhood” and “The Line.” They also played the songs “Arrows,” “Sunday Rain,” “La Dee Da” and “Dirty Water” on their summer European tour.

Foo Fighters will kick off a North American tour in support of Concrete and Gold October 7 in San Bernardino, California with their own Cal Jam 17 festival.

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