It’s gimmicky but kind of awesome, and it arrives just in time to hype the band’s forthcoming, just-announced appearance at this summer’s Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK. What “it” is: a free stream of a live 1995 Foo Fighters concert that appears on the band’s site as an “interactive cassette tape.”
On a special page of the Foo Fighters’ site, you get a graphical representation of an old-school cassette tape player. Mouse over the cassette to pop it in, click the player door closed to load it into place, and then use the buttons to play, rewind, fast-forward, stop or pause the music.
And ta-da! Music! The live show contained within took place at the Reading Festival shortly after the release of the group’s eponymous debut album in July of 95. On the “tape,” Foos honcho Dave Grohl asks the crowd to “be nice to each other,” before launching into “Winnebago.”
As to this year’s Reading Festival, Britain’s NME reports that the Foos will join the Cure, Kasabian, the Black Keys, At the Drive-In and dozens others on stages August 24 to 26 this summer. Boom your flights early.