For the last several days, rumors have been rocking the internet regarding the breakup of the Foo Fighters. The speculation began due to the band not having any “major announced projects planned for 2016,” reported Entertainment Weekly. Rumors were further fueled by a New York Post Page Six article from February 29 that claimed there was tension between the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins and that the band was on a break so that Grohl could pursue solo aspirations.
Since then, the rumors had been flying fast and loose despite a Foo Fighters representative stating, “any reports about the band breaking up are utterly ridiculous.”
Then on Tuesday the band issued the following tweet:
Official band announcement tomorrow night. Stay tuned.— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) March 2, 2016
This poured jet fuel onto a wildfire of rumors that was already burning out of control. What could the announcement be other than a breakup? It had to be something very important like Grohl going solo, right? News sites and blogs were posting of the Foo Fighters’ imminent demise. The rumors continued trending on Facebook.
Twitter was alight with premature mourning over the announcement as well.
"Trump is becoming president, Foo Fighter are breaking up, our pets heads are falling off!!!"— Ross on the Radio (@ArtificialRoss) March 2, 2016
After letting the fans stew for more than 24 hours, the band finally issued their big, mysterious, “official band announcement” in the form of a YouTube video.
Warning: This video contains some profanity.
In the band’s typical humorous style, Dave Grohl expounds about why he wants to go his own way and the rest of the band laments about how they are going to replace him. Of course the whole thing was just a put on meant to poke fun at all the rumors. At the end of the video the band officially lets everyone off the hook by announcing in no uncertain terms that the Foo Fighters are not breaking up and Grohl is not seeking a solo career. Millions of fans can now breathe a sigh of relief.
In hindsight it really is not that hard to see that the Foo Fighters had no plans of breaking up. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last summer, Grohl clearly laid out the future of the band.
“The band is more than a musical group. It’s a family and it’s become a way of life with us. We love each other. When the Foo Fighters show up to the airport and there’s four SUVs waiting to drive us away, we all get in one SUV, still, to this day. It’s how we [expletive deleted] roll…We’re not breaking up anytime soon, that would be like your grandparents getting a divorce. Too weird.”
In a Billboard article from February 26, Taylor Hawkins told reporters that the group simply had nothing lined up for 2016. They were essentially taking a year off, and he personally was going to stay sharp by playing in his cover band Chevy Metal. He also spoke of releasing his own album during the hiatus, indicating that Foo Fighters members have more than one iron in the fire at any given time.
The Foo Fighters formed in 1994 and just recently finished a 20th anniversary tour. Founder and lead singer Dave Grohl last made headlines and earned a whole new level of respect from fans and other musicians, when he broke his leg during a concert in Sweden and finished the concert while having his leg casted. With an attitude like that, it is hard to see Grohl ever abandoning his crew to “find himself.”
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