In a recent interview with Music Radar, Chris Shiflett, renowned guitarist of the Foo Fighters, delved into the intricacies of his dual careers, discussing both his solo endeavors and his contributions to the celebrated rock band. Shiflett highlighted the distinct roles he assumes in each context, noting that while he serves as the lead guitarist in Foo Fighters, his solo ventures demand a multifaceted involvement, including singing, songwriting, and full instrumental responsibility, encompassing even intricate guitar solos.
“One hundred percent. I mean, going out and doing my solo tours makes me always makes me appreciate how great we have it in Foos. Not only that thing that you’re talking about, the musical side of it, but just the luxury of it all.”
When queried about his experiences transitioning between solo work and collaborating with Foo Fighters, Shiflett expressed an unequivocal appreciation for the contrast. He emphasized the multifaceted advantages of being part of the band, not merely limited to the musical dynamics, but extending to the inherent privileges and support structures that the group offers. Shiflett underscored the significance of a proficient crew, enabling seamless operations and freeing artists from the logistical burdens of touring, exemplified by tasks such as string changes and driving responsibilities. Furthermore, he extolled the comfort and respite afforded by quality accommodations, acknowledging the solace he finds in returning to the band’s nurturing environment following his solo endeavors.
“To have a great crew – you don’t have to worry about changing your string, driving the van and all that sort of stuff. To be in a nice, comfortable hotel room. I come back from one of my own tours, and I’m like, ‘Oh baby, I’m home!’”
Discussing the impact of his collaborations within Foo Fighters and his solo career, Shiflett alluded to the reciprocal influence between his experiences as a band member and his personal artistic growth. Notably, his exposure to diverse musical techniques and melodies through his interactions with other musicians has significantly shaped his development as a musician, enriching his creative palette and broadening his musical horizons.
Having contributed to a total of eight Foo Fighters albums, including the latest 2023 release, ‘But Here We Are,’ a poignant tribute to the late Taylor Hawkins, Shiflett’s profound engagement with the band continues to inspire his solo pursuits. Currently embarked on a tour to support his recently unveiled album, ‘Lost At Sea,’ Shiflett’s multifaceted journey underscores the enriching symbiosis between his collective experiences within and beyond the acclaimed Foo Fighters ensemble.