Dave Grohl says Foo Fighters aren't breaking up
Over the weekend, Dave Grohl stood on stage in New York’s Central Park and noted that he wasn’t sure when the next Foo Fighters gig would be. That set off a firestorm of social media speculation: Was this the end of the Foo Fighters? Is the band breaking up? Will they do anything for a farewell? Who broke up the band? Is this somehow Courtney Love’s fault? Are you going to finish that corned beef sandwich?
Because he’s always deeply concerned about what his fans are thinking, Grohl sent out a letter this morning via his publicist that explained that current state of the band.
Here’s the headline: They are not breaking up. “I can’t give up this band,” Grohl wrote. “And I never will. Because it’s not just a band to me. It’s my life. It’s my family. It’s my world.”
However, there’s always a rub. “I’m not sure when the Foo Fighters are going to play again,” he wrote. “It feels strange to say that, but it’s a good thing for all of us to go away for a while.”
Take a look at the text of the whole letter below.
Dave here. Just wanted to write and thank you all again from the bottom of my heart for another incredible year. (Our 18th, to be exact!) We truly never could have done any of this without you…
Never in my wildest dreams did I think Foo Fighters would make it this far. I never thought we COULD make it this far, to be honest. There were times when I didn’t think the band would survive. There were times when I wanted to give up. But… I can’t give up this band. And I never will. Because it’s not just a band to me. It’s my life. It’s my family. It’s my world.
Yes… I was serious. I’m not sure when the Foo Fighters are going to play again. It feels strange to say that, but it’s a good thing for all of us to go away for a while. It’s one of the reasons we’re still here. Make sense? I never want to NOT be in this band. So, sometimes it’s good to just… put it back in the garage for a while…
But, no gold watches or vacations just yet… I’ll be focusing all of my energy on finishing up my Sound City documentary film and album for worldwide release in the very near future. A year in the making, it could be the biggest, most important project I’ve ever worked on. Get ready… it’s coming.
Me, Taylor, Nate, Pat, Chris, and Rami… I’m sure we’ll all see you out there… somewhere…
Thank you, thank you, thank you…
So it looks like it’s less a break-up and more an extended hiatus, LMFAO-style.
It’ll be interesting to see what comes out of this hiatus, especially the aforementioned documentary on Sound City Studios, Grohl’s debut as a feature director. It’s the story of the legendary studio on the outskirts of Los Angeles that facilitated classic albums by Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, and a little group called Nirvana.