Could Foo Fighters debut a new song at Reading & Leeds?

Foo Fighters (Image credit: Brantley Gutierrez)

Foo Fighters (opens in new tab) leader Dave Grohl has said it’s possible the band could unveil a new song this weekend when they headline Reading & Leeds – although he stresses they haven’t settled on a final setlist.

It'll be the Foos seventh appearance at the festival – and, when asked by NME (opens in new tab) what they’re going to do to make this one special, Grohl says: “At this point in our lifespan, there’s so much that we could do. 

“We could bust out the same set that we played in 1995. We could come out on stage with new songs. We could come out on stage and do a chronological history of the band, in reverse. 

“It’s just a matter of figuring out how to do it. That’s usually something that we figure out on the afternoon of the show.”

Asked about new tracks and the possibility of debuting one of them at the twin festivals, Grohl replies: “There’s always something. I’m constantly writing but not always seriously, then at some point they become a little more formed. 

“When I feel like they’re ready, that’s when I bring them to the band. We’re not that far along in any kind of official process, but there’s always something. 

“It’s happened before where we’ve written a song that afternoon and performed it. Never say never. There is one new song that would fucking destroy and I would love people to hear it. 

“It’s written for a live performance, so we’ll see. I don’t know.”

Earlier this week, drummer Taylor Hawkins told RockSound that a new Foo Fighters album could see the light of day in 2020 (opens in new tab).

He said: “Well, from what I've heard from our fearless leader Dave Grohl, he has a lot of demos that he's worked on and I think we'll start, once this tour is over. I think not too soon after that we'll start the process of putting the songs together as a band.

"It's a long process, we do a lot of demoing and stuff, but I think that we'll have, I'm hoping, I think we'll have a new record by next year. We should.”

Foo Fighters will play in Dublin later tonight (August 21) and head back across the Atlantic for further shows in September (opens in new tab)

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Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.