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Grohl Gets Behind Killing Joke's 'Axis'

Foo Fighters frontman/rock drummer extraordinaire Dave Grohl is showing up everywhere – his latest gig is as the drummer on the new Killing Joke album, Billboard reports in the April 12 issue.

The project, which will be out in June on Sony worldwide, is tentatively titled “Axis of Evil.” Produced by Gang Of Four’s Andy Gill, the album is the veteran U.K. rock act’s first since 1996’s “Democracy.”

It turns out that Grohl is a huge Killing Joke fan; he met the group’s leader, Jaz Coleman, in New Zealand recently and agreed to play on the album. They recorded the drum tracks the last week of March in Los Angeles. Grohl has no plans to tour with the band, like he did with Queens Of The Stone Age last year in support of their Interscope album “Songs for the Deaf” after contributing drum tracks to that release.

On the contrary, the musician is preparing for a Foo Fighters tour set to begin Thursday (April 10) in Bakersfield, Calif. The band has 14 dates set through April 30, but has also scheduled performances for May 29 at Detroit’s Cobo Arena, May 30 at Grand Rapids, Mich.’s DeltaPlex, June 11 at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, Calif., and June 30 at Milwaukee’s Summerfest.

The Foos are also confirmed for summer appearances at the U.K.’s V2003 festival in mid-August and Glasgow’s Big Day Out at the Green. The group is touring in support of its latest RCA album “One by One,” which is No. 82 in its 23rd week on the Billboard 200. Latest single “Times Like These” is No. 5 on both Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts.

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