Foo Fighters Debut New Song 'The Sky Is A Neighborhood'

Watch the grungy ballad played out for the very first time.

Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Getty Images • May 16, 2017

Every year, Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield host the Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert that supports the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, but since Hetfield is tied up with Metallica's WorldWired Tour this time around, Dave Grohl stepped up to take his place. The shindig went down at San Francisco's Fillmore on Monday night with special guests Bob Weir, Mick Fleetwood, Sarah McLachlan, Steve Vai, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo.

But perhaps one of the coolest moments of the night was when Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters bandmate Taylor Hawkins debuted a new song, called "The Sky Is A Neighborhood." Here are some clips documenting the live performance:


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"The Sky Is A Neighborhood" has Grohl screaming out in his usual rasp as a piano pounds out the ballad's "Stairway To Heaven"-like chords. "The sky is a neighborhood / So keep it down / The heart is a storybook / A scar burned out / The sky is a neighborhood / Don't make a sound / Lights coming up ahead / Don't look now," Grohl sings while strumming casually on his guitar, throwing all his effort into delivering his vocals. Cheers from the enthusiastic audience make the heartfelt performance sound like something out of a desert roadhouse, creating an intimate vibe that we'd love to hear a full recording of.

Foo Fighters have been announcing new shows here and there. They are scheduled to headline Glastonbury, which takes place in the U.K. from June 21 to 25. (Get tickets to Glastonbury here). They're also prepped to play their first proper U.S. gig in 19 months at Napa's BottleRock Festival with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Maroon 5 (find BottleRock tickets here).

Check out photos of last year's Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit.