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Chris Shiflett, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nate Mendel appear in an undated photo from the bands official Facebook page, Facebook.com/foofighters. - Provided courtesy of OTRC / Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/foofighters.

Foo Fighters take over SXSW festival with documentary and new album

03/17/2011 by Olivia Allin

The Foo Fighters kicked off last night's mtvU Woodie Awards in Austin with their new single "Rope" from their upcoming album, "Wasting Light" which is set for release on April 12, 2011.

The previous night, the band played the album in its entirety during a two-hour set, which followed a screening of their documentary "Foo Fighters: Back and Forth" at the SXSW music festival, which they are headlining with Kanye West, Bright Eyes and The Stroke, reports MTV.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, 42, ran onto the stage to perform at the award show, which was hosted by "Community" cast-member, comedian Donald Glover, reports music website Spinner.com.

"Wasting Light" marks the Alternative rock group's seventh studio album. Grohl was the drummer in the bands Scream, Nirvana, and Them Crooked Vultures. In 1994, after Kurt Cobain commit suicide, Grohl formed Foo Fighters as a one-man project. Grohl recorded the band's fifteen-track demo album, playing all of the instruments himself, aside from one guitar part on one song.

Grohl brought in bassist Nate Mendl and drummer William Goldsmith from Sunny Day Real Estate and guitarist Pat Smear who had joined Nirvana in 1993. Goldsmith and Smear were replaced by Taylor Hawkins and Franz Stahl, though Stahl left and was replaced by Chris Shiflett. Pat Smear returned to the band in 2010.

Foo Fighters have earned three Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album and all six of their previous albums have been nominated.

Since becoming a musician, Grohl has recorded with and performed in over 30 bands including Queens of the Stone Age, Killing Joke, Tenacious D and Nine Inch Nails.

Foo Fighters will be continuing their U.S. tour after the festival. The band announced on their website that whoever submits the most convincing argument for the band to play at their garage in 25-words or less can win a private show at one of their tour stops.

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