Rumors have been circulating for the past several days that after 21 years of existence, the Foo Fighters were breaking up and Dave Grohl was going solo.
The Foo Fighters have taken extended breaks between albums before, during which the members have pursued outside projects. Between 1999’s There Is Nothing Left to Lose and 2002’s One by One, Grohl played drums on the Queens Of The Stone Age’s 2002 album Songs for the Deaf and toured with the group. During the break between 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace and 2011’s Wasting Light, Grohl played with Them Crooked Vultures, bassist Nate Mendel toured with his old band Sunny Day Real Estate and drummer Taylor Hawkins released his second solo album Red Light Fever, and none of this outside activity ended the band.
Foo Fighters have been on a break since the tour for 2014’s Sonic Highways, but the gossip mill must churn ever on, and since the rumors wouldn’t die, the band felt the need to address it in the signature humorous style. Last night the band released a hilarious video spoofing the rumors, featuring a blowhard Grohl, egged on by producer Butch Vig, deciding to chase the exposure from his recent Oscar performance by making an electronic music album (“You just hit one button!”), while the rest of the group members look for a new frontman. Billy Corgan, Prince, and Phil Collins are considered before the members settle on Nick Lachey. (His “Everlong” isn’t bad, to be honest.) The video ends with the message:
For The Millionth Time, We’re Not Breaking Up.
And Nobody’s Going Fucking Solo!
Well played, gentlemen. Well played. That said, if Grohl wanted to jump back in the studio with Queens of the Stone Age, no one would complain.
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