The Foo Fighters showcased new touring guitarist Chris Shiflett a few
weeks earlier than expected over the weekend.
Playing under the pseudonym "Stacked Actors," the band played a secret
show at Los Angeles' Troubadour club Friday night, debuting several songs
from its upcoming third album and working out Shiflett's kinks,
according to the venue's general manager, Christine Karayan.
The group, led by ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, insisted on secrecy for
the show, threatening to pull out of the gig if word leaked, Karayan said.
During the hour-long, 11-song gig, Karayan said the band opened with the
new song, "Stacked Actors," and cranked out a rocking version of "Learn to
Fly," the first single from the upcoming album There Is Nothing Left
to Lose (Nov. 2). The group also played the new track "Breakout."
"I think Chris fared pretty well," Karayan said of the 28-year-old
guitarist who previously played in the punk bands 22 Jacks and No Use For
a Name. "He seemed a little nervous, but he did OK. Dave introduced him
from the stage and mentioned that he used to be in No Use For a Name and
that he's only been in the band for five days. He also said it was his
Though most of the audience consisted of music-industry professionals
rather than fans, Karayan said the several hundred concert-goers danced
and sang along to such hits as "I'll Stick Around" (RealAudio
excerpt) and "This Is a Call."
"I'm incredibly happy," Shiflett said last week in a statement announcing
his addition to the band's lineup. "The itinerary looks crazy but I'm
excited to be that busy. I can't think of any other band on earth I'd
rather be in."
Shiflett is the third guitarist for the band, which was formed by Grohl
in 1995 following the 1994 suicide of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain.
The Foo Fighters bowed out of Woodstock '99 in July, citing the need to
mix their upcoming third album and the defection of guitarist Franz Stahl.
He had replaced ex-Germs/Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear after Smear quit
the band in September 1997.
Shiflett had been expected to make his live debut with the Foo Fighters
on Sept. 12 at the Gravity Games in Providence, R.I.
The guitarist will not appear on There is Nothing Left to Lose,
which was recorded before he joined the group. Grohl and his bandmates
bassist Nate Mendel and drummer Taylor Hawkins recorded
the album at Grohl's Virginia home with producer Adam Kasper (Soundgarden,
R.E.M.). The band's most recent album, The Colour and the Shape
(1997), was produced by Gil Norton (Pixies) and featured the hits "Everlong"
excerpt) and "My Hero" (RealAudio
"The new songs totally fit into the Foo Fighters sound," Karayan said.
"Dave was in good spirits and he was cracking jokes between songs. He
had a nice rapport with the audience. I think they were pretty tight
considering they've only been together for five days."
The setlist for the show, according to Karayan, was: "Stacked Actors,"
"My Hero," "My Poor Brain," "For All the Cows," "Breakout," "Learn to
Fly," "This is a Call," "Monkey Wrench," "Hey, Johnny Park!," "Everlong"
and "I'll Stick Around."