Foo Fighters bare it all for ‘Skin and Bones’

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By Daniel Segraves

By Daniel Segraves

He has played Satan on the silver screen, jammed with David Bowie and was even covered by the legendary artist Prince at the most recent Super Bowl.

It’s safe to say that Dave Grohl is a modern-day Midas; everything he touches turns to gold, and his latest release with the Foo Fighters, “Skin and Bones,” only confirms his effortless talent.

Grohl’s name has become synonymous with a new generation of arena rock, with catchy, hard rocking rhythms, masterful musicianship and a style of songwriting that seems to have been lost in the late 70s.

Any other modern band who has attempted to match Grohl’s innovation falls short of the talent displayed on “Skin and Bones.”

On the disc, the Foo Fighters break down some of its biggest songs to a slim acoustic arrangement (hence the title) and still maintain their untouchable, artistic bravado.

“Skin and Bones” was recorded at the Pantages Theatre in late August of last year.

While “Skin and Bones” would seem like an ideal time for Grohl to steal the spotlight with his right-on-the-mark humor and godlike guitar skills, he offers the stage to all of the accompanying musicians.

The band was accompanied by four supplemental musicians, including Pat Smear, a former guitarist for the Foo Fighters and The Wallflowers’ Rami Jaffee.

Along with Drew Hester (percussion) and Petra Haden (violin), the Foo Fighters rock through such hard-hitting hits as “My Hero,” “Big Me” and the more recent “Best of You,” as well as acoustic favorites such as “Razor,” “Times Like These” and the acoustic/electric signature tune “Everlong.”

Also available is a CD/DVD set with extra songs on the US version.

The UK version features a smaller playlist with more songs off its album “There’s Nothing Left To Lose,” as well as cameos from Lemmy from Motorhead and Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen.

The appeal of “Skin and Bones” is all-inclusive; from mellow, jazz-loving fans of Norah Jones (who he teamed up with on its 2006 release “In Your Honor”) to the guitar students interested in hard rock (just take a look at Grohl’s side project group with metal legends, the self-titled Probot), everyone can find a reason to enjoy the new CD “Skin and Bones.”

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