Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett has just announced a full UK tour in March 2024, which concludes with a show at London’s Electric Ballroom on the 27th.
Chris Shiflett @ Scala
Of the tour Shiflett says, “I can’t wait to get back over to the UK and Ireland for another run of dates! The tour we did last spring was amazing, the best we’ve ever done. The crowds were wild so I can’t wait to see what it’ll be like touring now that the record is out.We’ll definitely mix in a few more new tunes in addition to the older stuff.”
The announcement follows the release of Shiflett’s stellar third album Lost At Sea, which is out now on Snakefarm in the UK and features the latest single Weigh You Down. Originally inspired by Shiflett’s wife’s birthday, the song turned into a baritone guitar-driven rocker; upbeat and sweet.
Listen to Weigh You Down below:
“We all get a little funny when those numbers start getting too big but this was me trying to remind her that the number doesn’t matter and we have so much to be grateful and happy for, which she of course already knew,” Shiflett laughs. “On the musical side, I loved putting the slide guitar solo together. I don’t play much slide and always have to think it through a lot and work it out, but I love the end results.”
Revered as a modern-day guitar hero, the new album sees the 52-year-old Santa Barbara-native splice up alt-country rock and guitar-driven grit with sharp songwriting and Americana undertones. Most of the new album was recorded in Nashville, working with his producer and collaborator Jaren Johnston (frontman of The Cadillac Three and songwriter behind a dozen No.1 country hits) and features a stellar cast of Americana all-stars.
Chris Shiflett @ Scala
Among them were fellow guitar slingers Charlie Worsham, Tom Bukovac, and Nathan Keeterle, all three of whom laced the record with fiery fretwork. He also teamed up with a number of co-writers, partnering with Kendell Marvel, Cody Jinks, and others to fill Lost At Sea with storylines that pack as hefty a punch as the music itself.
Shiflett also recently launched a new video series called Shred with Shifty where he interviews some of the guitar greats, delving into their most iconic solos and the art of playing guitar. Guests so far have included the likes of Nile Rogers, Alex Lifeson of Rush, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, Brad Paisley and more. Head to Volume.com/shifty for more info.
Although he’s used to playing big arenas globally, the punk veteran and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s previous UK tour was hugely triumphant; his transition to more intimate venues was seamless, resulting in equal magic, showing that being a great frontman is just another part of his already impressive CV.
Meanwhile, Foo Fighters continue their renewed live assault following the release of their 11th studio album – this year’s But Here We Are – with an upcoming run of Australia and New Zealand dates this December before returning to the UK next summer, a run which will include two massive shows at the London Stadium, their first full tour over here with new drummer Josh Freese stepping in for the late Taylor Hawkins and the first time back on these shores since a surprise slot at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, appearing as ‘The Churnups’.
2024 UK & Ireland Tour Dates:
20th – Academy, Dublin
21st – The Limelight 2, Belfast
23rd – Queen Margaret Union, Glasgow
24th – Academy 2, Manchester
25th – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham
27th – Electric Ballroom, London
Tickets go on sale Friday 27th October at 10am and will be available here.
Live photography of Chris Shiflett by Kalpesh Patel