We’ll say this up front: Dave Grohl seems like a solid dude. Not only does he seem pretty humble despite being in two of the biggest rock bands of the last 25 years, but he has impeccable taste in music, too. Who else would make a record with members of Voivod, Celtic Frost, and Max Cavalera, then turn around and drum on a Queens of the Stone Age album? At any rate, Foo Fighters have an HBO series coming out tomorrow, Sonic Highways, that will be followed by an album of the same title on November 10th. The conceit of the album is that each of the eight songs was recorded in a different city, many with a guest from there. Each episode of the series will follow one of the songs being recorded.
The band premiered the first single from the album, “Something From Nothing,” earlier today. Recorded in Chicago with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, it’s a perfectly fine song that you’ll probably hear every time you turn on a rock radio station, if the band’s past catalog is any indication. The thing is, the middle section of the song pretty blatantly rips off “Holy Diver” by Dio. Any metal fan would see it a mile away, and as someone that appeared in a film with Dio, Dave would know more than anyone. The song rides that riff, eventually throwing in some clavinet to make it funkier, and builds to a heavier climax. There’s nothing wrong with it, per se, but it’s definitely a case of Dio worship that he’ll hopefully cop to at some point in the series or a subsequent interview.