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Foo Fighters Prep "In Your Honor"

Half-acoustic, half-electric double album due in June

March 15, 2005 12:00 AM ET

The Foo Fighters plan to release their fifth album, In Your Honor, in June. The double album -- one disc will be acoustic and the other "rock" -- took a year to record and features twenty tracks.

"It is by far the most ambitious project I have ever had anything to do with in my entire life," frontman Dave Grohl posts on the band's Web site, adding that the final track listing was whittled down from a batch of forty songs. "There are subtleties. There are complexities. There are extremities. There are familiarities. There is orchestration," the somewhat cryptic post continues.

In Your Honor features a diverse batch of guests, including Norah Jones, former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. "They may seem strange to you," Grohl adds of the cast of characters. "They don't seem strange to me."

He is also planning to get out of the studio and onto the road. "I have a calendar in front of me that is a year long," he says, "fucking packed with tours that will spin us around the globe over and over."

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