At a rather unsociable hour this morning, Foo Fighters dropped a semi-huge bombshell via Twitter, announcing that later this evening (March 2nd), the Foo Fighters will be making a ‘official band announcement’. Obviously, we all reacted in a confused state of frenzy – what on earth is happening at Foo Fighters HQ? Let’s run through some of the possibilities for this announcement.
Are the band splitting up?
Fans on the internet certainly believe that this is a distinct possibility and American tabloids are doing nothing to quell this rumour. New York Post’s Page Six has suggested that the band are calling it quits, as tension between lead singer Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins has seemingly boiled over. The article is quoted as suggesting “The band is billing it as a ‘break,’ but it’s totally Dave going solo, and Taylor [Hawkins] is pissed about it,”. A band’s spokesperson has subsequently denied this to Entertainment Weekly, but there’s no smoke without fire – right?
Grohl has made a point about the band not splitting in the past however, when speaking to Entertainment Weekly last year – “The band is more than a musical group,” Grohl said. “It’s a family and it’s become a way of life with us. We love each other.” So Grohl certainly wants the band to stick together, and we have no reason to doubt him now.
This seems like the more logical move for the band. Each member has dabbled in other projects (Grohl’s Them Crooked Vultures and bassist Nate Mendel band Lieutenant), and a break would allow them to return to having a mess around with other stuff – but still keep the day job. Just last year following the release of EP ‘Saint Cecilia’ Grohl posted a long statement which included this mysterious passage…
“Maybe these songs are the bread crumbs that will help us find our way back when it’s time,” he wrote at the time of release. “We could use a nice wander through the woods right about now. Another empty journal, another tap on the shoulder … those things are never far behind. It’s what lies ahead in those woods that excites me now….”
So maybe this has been the plan along? Since releasing their self-titled debut in 1995, downtime for the band has been notoriously few and far between – perhaps this is the time for the band to step back and work on their own projects? Page Six seems to believe that Grohl is set to go solo for a brief period, and on Sunday he begun that era with a solo performance at The Oscars. Tonight could be the start of a new era.
Let’s look at a less-ominous suggestion now, because there is a very real possibility that Foo Fighters could be gearing up to release new music. Their last album, ‘Sonic Highways’, although it didn’t quite set the world alight musically, was certainly lauded for its scope. The band produced an eight part HBO television series to accompany the album, which documented their journey to record their eighth album in eight different cities throughout the US, and they look keen to do another series.
In a video interview with NME last year, the band revealed that a second series of ‘Sonic Highways’ was in the works with Grohl making suggestions about where the band could visit on their next journey. “It might or might not be international. It might someday be international. It might only be England, or be England and other places, or maybe it’s places in America and people from other countries that are inspired by these places in America.”
Watch out England, The Foos could be coming to a town near you, real soon.
If there’s one thing we know the Foos love – it’s playing live. Hell, even with a broken leg, Grohl willed the band to finish as many of the band’s tour dates as they could. They unfortunately had to cancel a fair few shows however, to facilitate his leg’s rehabilitation, so maybe they be heading back to Europe to make up for those missed dates? There’s one large gap left in Glastonbury’s headliner slate for 2016, and after cancelling their 2015 appearance, perhaps a trip down to Worthy Farm, at last, is on the cards. It doesn’t seem hugely probably because Emily Eavis has already suggested that all three headliners would be British this year, and with Coldplay and Muse already having been announced – she could be true to her word, but if The Foos comes calling, you can’t turn him down, can you?
Taylor Hawkins however told Billboard that the band have “nothing on the books,” for 2016, so them heading out on tour would result in a massive backtrack.
We’ve got a few hours left to tear our hair out over the possible rumours – but we’re probably leaning towards option two – a hiatus. With the band going non-stop from 1995 until this point, they’ve probably earned a well deserved break. But you know Grohl, he’s a workaholic – anything could happen.