Wasting Light is the Foo Fighters seventh studio album, released on April 12, 2011. Described as the band's "heaviest album yet," Dave Grohl states that: "With Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace we were too concerned with being musical now it's time for us to be a rock band again." Although guitarist Pat Smear has performed live with the band since 2006, Wasting Light is the first album to feature him as an official member since 1997's The Colour and The Shape. The title is taken from the lyrics of the song "Miss the Misery". Guest musicians include Bob Mould and Krist Novoselic.
On January 17, 2011, the band released a 30 second "teaser" of the song "Bridge Burning" from the new album via their website. On February 1, the band released a second 30 second "teaser" of the song "Miss the Misery" on their website, as well as announcing that the official release date of the new record would be April 12, 2011. On February 12, a music video was released for "White Limo", featuring Lemmy of Motörhead. On February 23, 2011, "Rope" was made available for online stream. It debuted at #1 on Billboard's Rock Chart, making it only the second single to do so since the chart's advent in 2009."Bridge Burning" made its radio debut on BBC Radio 1 and "Arlandria" debuted on rock stations throughout the world.
In the initial release, the Foo Fighters included a small piece of the analogue master tape on which the album was created.