Flashback: Watching The Foo Fighters Play Their Entire Wasting Light Album 11 Years Ago

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The tragic loss of Taylor Hawkins takes us back to his incredible musical legacy – and Wasting Light with the Foo Fighters tops the list of those accomplishments.

Released 11 years ago today (April 12), this is the top echelon of Foos albums for us; a tour de force of their strengths by combining hooks and hard rock. The band also took the step of going old school with; cut the album to tape in Dave Grohl’s garage in Encino, Los Angeles and kept strictly analog until the post-mastering stage.

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Grohl’s goal was to record an album that defined the band, the same way AC/DC’s Back In Black and Metallica’s Black Album helped define them. “It might not be their best album, but it’s the one people identify the band with the most,” Grohl told Kerrang at the time. “You take all the things that people consider your band’s signature characteristics and just amp them up and make a simple album out of it.”

So when the band announced they would be playing it in full at their own Studio 606, it made perfect sense. The camera on Hawkins’ kit gives us an intimate view of the passion and craftsmanship behind his playing, and the contribution of his backing vocals to the band.

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