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Foo Fighters ‘Million Dollar Demos’ Surface [AUDIO]

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In 2002, the Foo Fighters were at a crossroads…

When they went into the studio to work on material that eventually became the “One By One’ album, they had just come off a two-year tour,  various members were battling inner demons (read: Taylor Hawkins drug problems),  and the sessions were going nowhere fast.  The band were unhappy with the songs they had written, and their performances on the material.  After long, heated discussions, they decided to scrap the songs and take some time off.   The band was on the brink of a breakup.

Then came Coachella.

After an incendiary performance at the festival, a recharged Foo Fighters went back to the studio to take another crack at recording a new album.  They eventually finished the album that would win them a pair of Grammys — Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Rock Album.   But strangely enough, that album remains the band’s least favorite, and they seldom play any of the material live.

But what happened to the original recordings for ‘One By One’?  The “Million Dollar Demos”, as they later became known? Well, obviously, they still exist, as a couple of the original demos have leaked onto the interwebs.  Decidedly different from the versions that made it to the finished product, the songs, are as good…maybe better than the album versions.  Check them out here, and let me know if you agree…



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