This was one of two new tracks recorded by The Foo Fighters for their 2009 greatest hits compilation.
The song was recorded at the band's 606 Studios with Nevermind producer Butch Vig at the controls.
The band premiered this song at the 4th of July 2009 show in front of President Obama on the South Lawn at the White House. The Independence Day celebration was held to honor military heroes and the band entertained an audience of over 1200 active military troops and families.
Grohl described this at the White House concert as, "the feeling when the wheels touch the ground and you're like 'Oh, God, I'm glad that's over with, man!'"
In the aftermath of its release fan reaction was somewhat tepid to this song. However, frontman Dave Grohl told MTV News he wouldn't have it any other way. "We kind of took it in this direction that we haven't gone before, which, as a band, is exciting," he explained. "You do a song like 'Wheels' and people go, 'Really? That's the Foo Fighters?' People get all scared. 'Oh no, is that the direction they're going?' It's one of those songs that our biggest fans hate. I like that we have songs that lots of different people either enjoy or dislike."
Geoff from Adelaide, AustraliaAlso... I heard somewhere that Dave isnt a very keen on airplanes and that the song is in relief of touching down and the flight being over with.
Geoff from Adelaide, AustraliaI don't know why all the hardcore fans dont like it. Similar to Fredi in Chile said, at the Adelaide concert in Dec 2011 he announced the song as a song that is only popular in Germany. I never figured why. I like pretty much all their songs - new and old.
Fredi from Santiago, ChileWhen Foo Fighters played at Lollapalooza here in Chile, Dave referred to this song as "the one song that nobody in the world likes"
Al from Hollister, CaA great song for sure and my favorite from the Foo. Lots of meaning to me personally and gets me through rough times.
Donna from New Jersey, NyI love this song. I think it's very meaningful and uses flight in an airplane as a metaphor for life and relationships and growing as a person.
Timothy from Aston, PaI've always thought of this song as a reference to an airplane coming in for landing and the landing gear being deployed..."When the wheels come down...When the wheels touch ground".
Layton from Paris, TxI didn't like this at first but it grows on you. The videoio is hilarious
Jon from Enumclaw , WaI love this song it's awesome!