Dave Grohl employed an unusual secret weapon while recording the new Foo Fighters album: a barbecue.
The 48 but ageless rocker set up a smoker on the patio of the California studio where the band was working on "Concrete and Gold," due out September 15.
"I was cooking for, like, 40 people a night," Grohl says in a Rolling Stone cover story. "I'd be in the middle of a vocal take and be like, 'Fuck, I gotta go check the meat."
Music fans would've devoured the smokin' scene, where artists like Lady Gaga roamed the studio halls and one surprise guest, Justin Timberlake, literally wound up singing for his supper. "We'd drink whiskey in the parking lot," Grohl reports. "He was really, really cool. Then the night before his last day, he says, 'Can I sing on your record?'"
Sure enough, the singer who Grohl has dubbed "the biggest pop star in the world" added "some la-la-la's" to the title track. "He nailed it."
The proverbial icing on the cake, however, was Paul McCartney accepting Grohl's invitation to play drums on a song called "Sunday Rain." "It's inspiring because he's still playing for the same reasons we all started playing when we were young," says Grohl. "He just wants to jam."
"He was so good," Grohl adds. "We played for an hour, then took a break and had bagels and tea. I thought we were done … and someone goes, 'Hey, Paul wants to jam some more.' He rounded everybody up, and we jammed for hours."
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