In the spirit of its brand new, big-sounding ninth rock record, “Concrete and Gold,” which officially drops on Sept. 15, Foo Fighters announced a mega rock festival that will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7 at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino County.
The 12-hour event will be headlined by the Foo and also feature sets by Queens of the Stone Age, Cage the Elephant, Royal Blood, Liam Gallagher, the Kills, Babes in Toyland, Japandroids, Bob Mould, the Struts, Circa Waves, Fireball Ministry, White Reaper and many, many more. Cal Jam 17 will also offer on-site camping, carnival rides, a water park and various other attractions, a mobile recording studio and more.
Via a press release, Foo frontman Dave Grohl said the idea for the daylong festivities came from the original California Jam, a festival co-headlined by Deep Purple and Emerson, Lake and Palmer at Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario in 1974. The basic concept, he noted, was how to celebrate music and throw the ultimate “backyard party for 50,000 people.”
Cal Jam 17 will be the biggest one-day U.S. headlining show for the Foo Fighters and will serve as the first chance for fans to experience “Concrete and Gold” in its entirety. The festival also kicks off Foo Fighters full-scale U.S. tour which runs October through December.
One-day general admission Cal Jam 17 tickets are $99; Car camping pass is $169 and a RV camping pass is $259 at CalJamFest.com.
Foo Fighters offered its first taste of the new record earlier this month when it dropped the single and accompanying music video for “Run.” As to what to expect from the rest of “Concrete and Gold,” Grohl said: “I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever.” The band worked with producer Greg Kurstin, known best for his work with Sia, Beck and Pink. Grohl said he wanted that big rock sound with “Greg Kurstin’s sense of melody and arrangement … Motörhead’s version of ‘Sgt. Pepper’ … or something…