Foo Fighters Confirm Justin Timberlake Collaboration: ‘We’d Drink Whiskey’


Foo Fighters confirmed a collaboration with Justin Timberlake in a new Rolling Stone story.

“Then there was the day Justin Timberlake dropped by. He listened to what the Foos were doing and liked what he heard, and pretty soon he and Grohl were hanging out regularly. ‘We’d drink whiskey in the parking lot,’ Grohl says. ‘He was really, really cool. Then the night before his last day, he says, ‘Can I sing on your record? I don’t want to push it, but – I just want to be able to tell my friends.’ So the band had him add some ‘la la la’s’ to one track. ‘He nailed it,’ Grohl says. ‘I’m telling you – the guy’s going somewhere.’”

Grohl also detailed his day to day life in a new piece he wrote for the The Times.

“I don’t use an alarm clock; my body wakes me up at 5am every day, no matter what time I went to sleep. My closet has got 30 pairs of jeans, 30 flannel shirts and a bunch of stuff I never wear. I dress like a lumberjack, go downstairs, make coffee, check emails and wait for the stampede.

Our eldest daughters, Violet and Harper, turn on the TV or do the homework they didn’t finish the night before while I make breakfast — bacon and eggs or buttermilk biscuits and smoothies — and my wife packs lunch. Once they’re dressed, I take the girls to the bus stop. The important thing is to get them out the door with a smile and singing songs, from Prince to the SpongeBob record, which Harper still loves.

After the bus leaves I head back to hang out with Ophelia. You know, I’m still changing diapers at 48 years old. One kid wants her nose pierced, one is in diapers. It’s all over the place. I can’t imagine the teen years…

My office is upstairs. It’s a makeshift studio and somewhere to hide. Before we start making a record, I’ll record by myself. But on a working day, I’ll head down to the studio in Hollywood at 10am. There may be one or two Foos, so we’ll have coffee and a couple of smokes. The reason we’ve been a band so long is we enjoy each other’s company. There’s not a lot of brooding and torture going on. My favourite way to warm up for a gig is to have a whisky and walk onstage with tears rolling down my face from laughing so hard with the guys. It’s the best.

I did a lot of cooking while we were making the new record. I specialise in slow-cook barbecue. My day was spent checking the temperature of the beef brisket, then running in and doing a vocal or a guitar track, checking the temperature again, getting the cornbread ready and making sauce. There’s something to be said for recording studios that smell like your mother’s Sunday roast — it puts everyone at ease.”