Foo Fighters Confirm Working on New Album: 'We Still Haven't Written Our 'Bohemian Rhapsody''

Dave Grohl's brain working overtime on the new Foos record, says drummer Taylor Hawkins.

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According to drummer Taylor Hawkins, the new Foo Fighters record is well under way, as frontman Dave Grohl is working hard in the overtime mode.

The stickman pointed out that the band still has an itch to write hit singles, saying that he doesn't think the Foo Fighters have yet released their ultimate biggest hit.

"We're getting started," Hawkins told Billboard. "We're getting our ideas together. Dave has his brain working overtime, like usual, and he's got a lot of great ideas, both musically and conceptually - none that I can speak of at this moment, but it's gonna be great. It's gonna be cool."

When asked on whether the heat is on among the Foos ranks to make the new album as much as a hit record as its predecessors, the drummer commented: "Absolutely. You always want every one of them to be the best one you've ever done, and you always think you haven't done your best one."

He continued, saying, "Although some people may feel we have, I still think we haven't written our 'Hotel California' or our 'Bohemian Rhapsody' or whatever. You should always be a little scared ... Every time you start a record, you have to be, like, ready to f--kin' kill yourself or it's not gonna be any good."

During this year's SXSW Festival, Grohl revealed he has "a crazy idea" on how he wants to make the new album. "It won't be a conventional record," the frontman said.

Initial reports of the new Foo Fighters record dropped as early as late February, with Grohl announcing "really awesome, big plans for the next album."

The latest Foo Fighters studio effort, "Wasting Light," saw its release during April 2011 as the seventh record in the group's opus. With 235,000 units shipped in the US within the first week, it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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    FRESH POTS!!!!
    Aww Yiss
    Sewage Rat
    could someone explain to me why everyone jizz's their pants when they hear anything about Foo Fighters or Dave Grohl?...I just really don't see what the fuss is all about
    Bismillah! no we will not let him Troll !!!
    Epi g-310
    Let me Troooooll!
    I'm just a poor boy nobody loves me
    I love the Foo Fighters, but I do agree Dave gets a f-ck ton of attention on here. Personally I don't care for Them Crooked Vultures or Sound City or anything. All I want is to see the Foo Fighters in concert.
    It's gonna be difficult to top Wasting Light, but knowing Foo's, they will pull it off.
    I agree, Wasting Light was great, even better than The Colour and the Shape, but I really can't wait to see what they do for the next record.
    Hmm, very interested in this line: "It won't be a conventional record"
    It's not a conventional record... Its a collaboration with Lou Reed!!!!
    The UG Facebook page is full of "and you never will" comments - nice to see the actual site users don't have that attitude. Excited either way.
    Its Foo Fighters, If they say they are gonna top Nevermind sales Ill believe it
    And since it's 2013 where pop and hip-hop is dominating music and is hard for a rock album to at least go gold or platinum, I doubt they would have diamond certified album like Nevermind.
    I hope it's better than Wasting Light, I thought that album was a little below par. Not terrible, but they're capable of better.
    Agree, Wssting Light is a great record but Dave has done better than that, for TCATS will always be my favorite record, almost a rock opera in a way
    This is a great point. Start to finish TCATS really tells a story and is the closest to a concept album he's done. Plus he simply at his angriest and most aggressive. Hard to top that.
    I don't listen to much foo fighters but their version of Have A Cigar with Brian May is effing boss
    Dave Grohl, I hope you never write your "Bohemian Rhapsody" or "Hotel California", but that you never stop trying to.
    I really hope this is gonna be a brilliant album love the foos, and hopefully when they go on another world tour they won't miss out a whole continent like some artists (Africa)
    Is this one being recorded by tape as well, like Wasting Light?
    Yea, definitely with the Sound City board in Dave's garage..
    My understanding from Dave Grohl's interviews is that they would like to do it with a mix of analog and digital. The point was that while they love analog, it is simply a pain to edit and correct. I don't know if they want to have that patients anymore. However, thing can always change.
    If it sounds like Oceania from the Smashing Pumpkins (who now combines both analog and digital recording methods) It WILL be awsome
    No one sees Grohl as the "unbelievable composer", but he made a career that none modern rock musician has. I listen to this band since 95 and I can say they are fully overrated, but at the same time I know why they became so great with the years. Its not the Foos are bad, the music these days is a friggin crap, and if Dave fart and record it, that would sound nice. In the 90s, there were hundreds of bands far better than the Foos. These days, I just dont know. And BTW, Everlong its the most powerful song of them.
    I enjoy most of their albums but wasting light really hit me... It's equal to the colour and the shape for me so I'm nervously waiting for the follow up...
    To be honest i9 think that Sound City was ruined purely on the basis of Paul Mccartney. He needs to stop and just let everyone else carry on.
    The color and three shape is overated, Its great but not as musically good as WL. Wasting Light is way better.
    Everlong never really hit me as hard as it seems it did to a lot of people...not to say the Foos haven't had some pretty epic songs. I guess for me it wasn't so much about the tracks themselves as much as the Foos putting out a great album, which is more than most bands can say nowadays. TCATS and Wasting Light were incredible releases, Wasting Light being my favorite of the two. Whats interesting about Grohl is how involved he is outside of the band and I'm very curious to see how that undoubtedly will influence this upcoming record. With such a great album to follow, my only concern is that the new album will bring in too much experimentation instead of the fresh Foo Fighters sound. Although knowing Grohl, it'll just be another Abbey Road haha. Just keep the Fresh Pots coming and I'm sure it'll be great.
    I just saw that band documentary they released a while ago for the first time yesterday. I can see why people like them. They're just a real rock'n'roll band.
    Too much opportunity not to change the headline to, "Taylor Hawkins thinks Foo Fighters are yet to put out the best, the best, the best, the best hit single."
    When they say they are going to do something, they do it. This one's going to be a hit
    I think everlong could be considered their bohemian rhapsody as of right now. I hope they somehow manage to top it with the new record!
    I hope it's another hard record like Wasting Light was, and I hope the get Butch Vig to produce it again. Hopefully they'll record it on the Neve console that Grohl got for Sound City, because Real to Reel sounded amazing.