Sound City studio owner, Tom Skeeter, dies

Tom Skeeter Head Shot

Tom Skeeter, owner of the legendary Sound City recording studio in California, has died. He was 82.

The studio issued an official statement on their Facebook page over the weekend, saying: “We lost our main man, Tommy Skeeter this week. Grateful to our Sound City Movie pals for introducing him to all of you. Thank you to all of the people who have stopped by the office to meet Tom in the past few years– he enjoyed the visits, and loved hearing how far people had come.”

Skeeter founded Sound City in 1969 with business partner Joe Gottfried. Based in an industrial park in Van Nuys, the studio was the recording location for a number of legendary albums, including Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush and Nirvana’s Nevermind.

Of course the studio – and its Neve 8028 analogue recording console – were the subject of Dave Grohl’s 2013 documentary film, Sound City. Whilst promoting the film, Grohl said of the studio that is was ” “…America’s greatest unsung recording studio. Deep in California’s sunburnt San Fernando Valley, it was the birthplace of legend. It was witness to history.”

The console now resides in Grohl’s own Studio 606, after he purchased it from Sound City when they shut their doors to commercial activity in 2011.

“I always had a strong connection to that studio because Nirvana wasn’t meant to be the biggest band in the world,” Grohl told Rolling Stone. “So when we went there for 16 days, we weren’t making that album with the intention that we were going to change the fuckin’ world. We just wanted it to sound good . . . The fact that what happened actually, happened, makes me think there’s something more than just wires and knobs in that place. Personally, I have a strong emotional connection to it.”

Rick Springfield, who worked with Skeeter and Gottfried for many years, posted a tribute on his Twitter feed. “Tom Skeeter (partner in Sound City Studios & my co-manager through the ’80s) has passed away. A southern gentleman. RIP Tom. xo Rick.”

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Foo Fighters new album artwork revealed?

Foos Crop

Foo Fighters fans have pieced together an image which is thought to be the cover art for the band’s new album.

Following the announcement that the Dave Grohl and co. would reveal some “big news” next Monday 11th August, various sets of co-ordinates were posted online via the Foo Fighters official Twitter account.

At each location a poster could be found which, when pieced together, make a larger image with a figure eight in the centre. The as-yet unnamed album will be Foo Fighters’ eighth album.

The full image contains landmarks from eight US cities: Seattle, Chicago, New York, Hollywood, Washington, D.C., Austin, New Orleans and Nashville. All are cities in which the Foos are known to have recorded when making their new LP.

The new album is due for release in November and will be accompanied by mini series Sonic Highways, which will document the recording progress. Set to air on HBO, Dave Grohl will operate as director for the show following his Sound City documentary of 2013.

You can see the full assembled image below:


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Foo Fighters to release new album this autumn

Foo Fighters 2014

Reports are rife that Foo Fighters are set to release their new studio album this autumn.

The as yet untitled follow up to 2011’s Wasting Light will be released through Roswell/RCA to coincide with the airing of an HBO documentary series detailing the making of the record.

The series follows director and Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl through eight legendary recording studios in eight different cities, with the band recording songs in each location.

A press release about the series states: “One song was recorded in each city, every song featuring local legends sitting in, and every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews and personalities that became part of the process.

“Each episode delves into the singular regional identity of each city – how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns – ultimately celebrating their common bond: Every artist that appears in the show, regardless of genre or locale, started as an average kid with the universal dreams of making music and making it big.”

Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming said: “Dave’s heartfelt passion for this project is contagious and his talent as a musician and filmmaker is undeniable. We are excited to go on this journey with him and the Foo Fighters for this insider’s look at how regional music inspired them to create their own new music.”

Watch this space for further news.

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