While the Foo Fighters canceled the remainder of its European tour in wake of the terror attacks in Paris, the band released the “Saint Cecilia” EP Monday for free as a tribute to victims of the attacks.
The five-track compilation, which debuted as a surprise, was recorded at the Saint Cecilia Hotel in Austin during the band’s free time from headlining Austin City Limits music festival. At midnight Sunday the countdown clock on the Foo Fighters’ website set to zero and the EP was posted for free download alongside a link to donate to the victims of the Nov. 13 attacks. Fans also now have the opportunity to pre-order the EP on vinyl.
Band frontman Dave Grohl penned a heartfelt message that’s posted on the website’s front page. “Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world,” Grohl wrote. “To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.”
He added, “To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.”