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Flashback: See Foo Fighters play their Wasting Light album in full 11 years ago

The tragic loss of Taylor Hawkins has us looking back on his incredible legacy of music – and Wasting Light with the Foo Fighters is high on that list of achievements.

Released 11 years ago today (12 April) it's in the very upper echelon of Foos albums for us; a tour-de-force of their strengths in combining hooks with hard rock. The band also made the step of going old school with it; cutting the album to tape in Dave Grohl's Encino, Los Angeles garage and staying strictly analogue until the post-mastering stage. 

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Grohl's aim was to record an album that defined the band, in the 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 of the things that people consider your band's signature characteristics and just amplify them and make one simple album with that."

So when the band announced they'd play it in full at their own Studio 606 it made perfect sense. The camera on Hawkins' kit gives us an intimate view on the passion and craft behind his playing, and how much his backing vocals contributed to the band. 

Rob Laing
Rob Laing

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.