Foo Fighters Free Punk Parking Lot Gig

Doin' it "the punk rock way."

The Foo Fighters will play a free afternoon concert this Friday

(May 16) at the Tower Records in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, D.C. The

parking lot gig will be a one-off appearance before the band's summer tour,

which is still being planned, gets underway.

A spokeswoman for the Foo

Fighters would not speculate on the length of the band's set, but said they

chose Rockville for the concert because leader Dave Grohl is from the area.

Grohl got his pre-Nirvana start in the Washington, D.C. band Scream.

The

Foo Fighters' sophomore album, The Colour And The Shape will be released

in the U.S. next Tuesday (May 20). This week's concert marks one of the first

live appearance of new Foo drummer Taylor Hawkins (previously the touring

drummer for Alanis Morissette). Hawkins, who does not play on The Colour And

The Shape, took over the kit earlier this year from William

Goldsmith.

According to the spokeswoman, press for the show has been

minimal. "You promote it a little bit before hand," she said. "That's the point

of doing these things, so that true fans find out about it." She called local

flyers announcing the show "the punk rock way to do it."