Foo Fighters may be on a break and have no major announced projects planned for 2016, but that doesn’t mean the group is headed for a split.
On Monday, the New York Post’s Page Six reported there’s “tension” between band members Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, citing an unnamed source, who claims Grohl is ramping up a solo career after performing at the Oscars on Sunday. “The band is billing it as a ‘break,’ but it’s totally Dave going solo and Taylor is pissed about it,” the Post’s source said.
While a rep for the Foo Fighters declined comment to EW about Grohl’s plans for 2016, the rep says any reports about the band breaking up are “utterly ridiculous.”
The band has also said in recent interviews that they have no plans of calling it quits. When EW spoke to Grohl last summer, he was adamant that the Foos would always be together. “The band is more than a musical group,” he said. “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 f—ing roll…We’re not breaking up anytime soon, that would be like your grandparents getting a divorce. Too weird.”
Hawkins, meanwhile, told Billboard in February that the Foos have “nothing on the books” for this year and that he plans to focus on his cover band, Chevy Metal. “I just figure it’s better to stay busy,” he says. “None of us can sit around doing nothing.”
The Foo Fighters wrapped up a 20th anniversary world tour last year; last fall, they surprise released the Saint Cecilia EP. In a letter accompanying the release, Grohl explained the group would be taking some downtime.
“Maybe these songs are the bread crumbs that will help us find our way back when it’s time,” he wrote. “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 tonight, as I sit in my Berlin hotel room on our final tour for this album, counting down the days until we return home, I can’t help but wonder when we will see each other again. Who knows? But, with everything Foo Fighter-related, it will only be when it feels right. And that’s a feeling that’s easy to feel.”