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Interview:
Foo Fighters tour is a learning experience for Royal Blood
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Britain's hard rocking Royal Blood has had plenty of excellent adventures since forming in 2013 and releasing a critically lauded EP and album last year. But being on the road opening for Foo Fighters is certainly topping the list.

"It's fun, man," singer-bassist Mike Kerr says by phone from a tour stop in Kansas City. "It's been actually quite an inspiring experience because it's not often we've been on a lot of tours being a support band. From very early on we've always tried to do our own shows, even if they were very, very small."

With Foo Fighters, of course, Royal Blood is playing full-sized amphitheaters and even stadiums. But Kerr says backstage is where he and drummer Ben Thatcher are learning the most.

"It's been great to be touring with a band that's been doing it for so long and has kept up its reputation for so long, and it's been pretty eye-opening to see how and why that's the case," Kerr explains. "We've come to see how hard they really work and how much they love what they do and how much they play backstage. They're constantly working. It's mind-blowing."

Royal Blood has been doing much the same, with constant touring and very little time back home in Brighton. It's paid off, though; the "Royal Blood" album debuted at No. 1 and went platinum in the U.K., and the duo won the Brit Award for Best British Group -- presented to it by no less than Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page. Songs such as "Out of the Black," "Little Monster" and "Figure It Out" have been rock radio hits on both sides of the pond, meanwhile.

All that is stoking expectations for Royal Blood's sophomore album, though Kerr says that's not likely to surface until 2016 because of touring commitments through the rest of this year.

"We have songs," Kerr reports, "but it's very difficult because we haven't stopped playing live shows and filling our days up. So we don't have time to write. But we've always been collecting our ideas over the past couple of years. We just have to get in a room together and figure out exactly what it is we want to do on our next record. That's still to be done, so there's not much we can say about it yet."

Foo Fighters and Royal Blood

7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township.

Tickets are sold out.

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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