Foo Fighters are NOT splitting, by the way, but they might take a bit of a break.
Foo Fighters have finally addressed those persistent break-up rumours with a tongue-in-cheek ‘official announcement’ video. And no, it’s not true, the band is still together!
In a seven-minute clip posted via the group’s official YouTube page late on Wednesday (March 2nd), the band has compiled the recent events that have led to speculation of a split and made them into spinning newspaper headlines – including frontman Dave Grohl’s recent solo performance at the Oscars.
It also features Grohl and producer Butch Vig in a deliberately jokey skit, speaking about doing “my own thing”, with Grohl singing about “free to be me” and playing a keyboard, making some pretty alarming EDM sounds, just to troll their fans.
Foo Fighters have slammed recent rumours that they're splitting up
The other Foo Fighters are seen talking about taking the band in “a new direction… something hip”, cutting to former boyband member Nick Lachey taking up the lead singer’s post and giving a (pretty passable) rendition of ‘Everlong’.
The video concludes with the blunt message: “For the millionth time, we’re not breaking up. And nobody’s going f***ing solo!”
A representative for the band had told Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday that rumours of a split were “utterly ridiculous”, but the Foos themselves have now been moved to address it formally, saying that they’d be making a ‘major annoucement’ on Wednesday, after the New York Post’s Page Six published an article promising insight into an impending break-up.
However, the video didn’t address the recent video given by drummer Taylor Hawkins to Artisan News, which was recorded in January but posted on Wednesday. During the chat, he said the Foos were on an “indefinite ‘i-hate-us’”, explaining that the malapropism was what the group referred to instead of an hiatus.
“But that’s not because we don’t love each other, or don’t want to make music together,” Hawkins continued, paving the way for a reasonably quick return in the future. “We did so much in the last five or six years — we as a band, as people, could go into the studio tomorrow and start recording more and have just as much fun as we ever had, but I think that the world needs a break from us for a little while.”