After the band announced that they’d be hitting the road to play a string of EU festivals in 2017, fans began to speculate as to whether this meant that the band would also return with new material. This came amid reports that the follow-up to the series and album ‘Sonic Highways’ wouldn’t be happening, while Dave Grohl is said to be working on a solo album and drummer Taylor Hawkins has also announced his debut solo effort. His mini LP ‘KOTA’ is out now.
Now, Hawkins has told NME that the band have not yet started writing their ninth record.
“We’re still in a hunker down period right now,” the drummer told NME. “We know we have those shows next year, and we did a charity event for Dave’s kid’s school a couple of weeks ago that got a little bit of press. We’re fine, we love each other we’re all good. We’re just figuring out when the world’s ready for more Foo Fighters, we’re a family.
“We will make a new record at some point. We won’t really be ready until Dave’s ready to go. It’s on the books, so we’ll definitely be playing. We never really know, we just wait for a text from Dave saying ‘hey, let’s go down to the studio.”
Meanwhile, when asked if he knew anything about plans to play Glastonbury next year, drummer Taylor Hawkins told NME: “Not yet man but I’m always the last to know. I have a big mouth so they don’t tell me anything. That’s a rule in Foo Fighters; ‘don’t tell Taylor, he’ll tell everybody’.”
When we asked if they were keen to return after being forced to cancel Glasto and shows at Wembley Stadium in 2015 when frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg, Hawkins continued: “It was a bummer when we had to pull out the other year. It was a bummer all round. I mean, Dave almost pulverized his entire fucking leg – and missing Glastonbury was part of that bummer.
“We were excited to get out there and do our march through Wembley then Glastonbury headlining. We were set to pop, we were set to go and then Dave broke his leg like that it was a kick in the fucking nuts. But like Dave said, ‘we will go on, even if I have to sit in this throne I have in my mind’. We were all like ‘that’s crazy – it’s crazy to think anyone’s going to want to see you sitting in a throne’, and we did, and they were some of the best shows we ever played.”
Hawkins added: “The last thing Dave ever wants is to cancel a show, but we made lemonade. We got lemons and made lemonade. Maybe we’ll get to do Glastonbury again, I don’t know, like I said, I’m the last to know.”
Foo Fighters’ full upcoming tour dates so far are below:
June 29 – Open’er Festival: Gdynia, Poland
June 30 – Roskilde Festival: Roskilde, Denmark
July 2 – Rock Werchter: Werchter, Belgium
July 6 – Mad Cool Festival: Madrid, Spain
July 7 – NOS Alive: Castro Daire, Portugal