The Foo Fighters have spoken out about the breakup rumors: It’s not happening.
Late Wednesday night, the band released a tongue-in-cheek video featuring a montage of spinning website headlines and a sketch in which Dave Grohl opts to go solo and Nick Lachey takes his spot in the band.
The video concludes with a succinct message: “For the millionth time, we’re not breaking up. And nobody’s going f—ing solo!”
The video sees Grohl and producer Butch Vig trying out new sounds in the recording studio (with a few jabs at EDM); the frontman sings about being “free to be me.” Meanwhile, drummer Taylor Hawkins, guitarists Pat Smear and Chris Shiflett, and bassist Nate Mendel complain about Grohl going “f—ing Hollywood” and vow to “make Foo Fighters great again.” They run through a list of potential new singers, including Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, Phil Collins, Prince, and Justin Bieber.
The band’s video did not address comments Hawkins made in an interview with Artisan News, which was conducted at January’s Guitar Center Drum Off, but only posted Wednesday. “We’re on I-hate-us [sic] right now, we’re on an indefinite I-hate-us,” he said, explaining the band says “I-hate-us” instead of “hiatus.”
“But that’s not because we don’t love each other, or don’t want to make music together,” he explains. “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.”
The news comes in the wake of Grohl playing at the Oscars, and break-up rumors from the New York Post’s Page Six. A band rep told EW on Tuesday that talks of a split were “utterly ridiculous.” Later that day, the band’s social media channels promised a major announcement Wednesday night, and the video ultimately echoed the rep’s sentiments.
When EW spoke to Grohl last summer, he insisted the Foo Fighters 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. …” he continued. “We’re not breaking up anytime soon, that would be like your grandparents getting a divorce. Too weird.”
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The Foo Fighters went all over the world for the Sonic Highways/20th anniversary tour last year. Right before wrapping up in November, the Foos surprise released the Saint Cecilia EP. In a letter accompanying the release, Grohl said the group would take some time off.
“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,” he wrote at the time. “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.”
See the seven-minute video (with Lachey singing a pretty good “Everlong”) below.