In anticipation of the countdown to the Foo Fighters’ official website, Dave Grohl surprised fans last night (Nov. 22) with a new EP titled Saint Cecilia. The five-track collection, recorded at Austin, Texas’ Saint Cecilia Hotel during the Austin City Limits festival earlier this month, is offered free of download with a vinyl pre-order on their official site.
Following the Paris attacks, including the recent Bataclan shooting, inspired a new meaning for the project, as Grohl expressed in an open-letter on the website:
Tonight, Let me begin with a preface to a letter I wrote a few weeks ago from my hotel room in Berlin while on our final tour for this album. I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems…
The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.
Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away. To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.
Stream Saint Cecilia below.
Saint Cecilia EP Track List
1. "Saint Cecilia"
3. "Savior Breath"
4. "Iron Rooster"
5. "The Neverending Sigh"