When Dave Grohl released his Probot project in February 2004, it opened a whole new world of metal to a new legion of kids whose only exposure to the hard stuff may have been whatever was on MTV or VH1 Classic. Here was Grohl teaming up with crusty scumlords like Lemmy, Wino of St. Vitus, Tom G. Warrior from Celtic Frost, and Mr. King Diamond, at a time when he was fronting one of biggest mainstream rock bands in the land, the Foo Fighters.
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Today we get word from the metal press that Grohl recently spent time in the studio with Ratt members vocalist Stephen Pearcy and lead guitarist Warren DeMartini to record something the Foo maker is cooking up.
Is this a hair metal answer to the acid bath and throbbing gristle that was Probot? We sure as hell hope so, because with the current hairspray renaissance afoot, along with acts like Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses still in the thick of touring, the glittery stuff is hot, and in the right and reverent hands, this could be fun as a barrel of groupies.
Who could be next? Faster Pussycat? Twisted Sister? Poison? Dokken? The Pussycat's 1987 self-titled is still in heavy rotation in my library, and it could be argued that Poison has only gotten better with age. As long as this project is heavy on the hooks and fun of hair metal and less on the schmaltz, this could be the biggest party album to come in decades. Hell, let's see what Grohl and David Coverdale can do with a power ballad.