Foo Fighters Dispel Breakup Rumors With Parody Video
After nearly 22 years of holding the title of rock's most consistent force, Foo Fighters are... probably gonna do it for another 22 more.
A day after growing breakup rumors prompted the band to tweet about an impending announcement, Foo Fighters released a parody video addressing the rumors head on. In it, leader Dave Grohl takes on the personality of a pompous, self-important artist suddenly ready for solo-stardom, while the rest of the band secretly meets to figure out a way to work without Grohl. (Nick Lachey is their answer.)
News outlets ran with an interview drummer Taylor Hawkins gave to Artisan News back in January, when he commented on the current state of the band.
"We’re on ‘ihateus’ right now, we’re on an indefinite ‘ihateus,'” he said, playing on the word 'hiatus.' "But that's not because we don’t love each other, or don’t want to make music together…We did so much in the last five or six years that -- we, as a band, could go into the studio tomorrow and have just as much fun as we ever had, but I think the world needs a break from us for a little while."
Rumors of the band's break first hit the web earlier this week when a report from Page Six stated tension between Grohl and Hawkins was at an all time high (a ludicrous claim).
“The band is billing it as a ‘break,’ but it’s totally Dave going solo, and Taylor is pissed about it,” said a source.
A rep for the band quickly denied the breakup rumors, telling Entertainment Weekly the claims were “utterly ridiculous.”
Grohl himself has remained adamant in the past that the Foo Fighters have no intention of ever disbanding.
“The band is more than a musical group,” he told EW. “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.”
They are likely taking a break though, and it shouldn't come as a huge surprise to anyone who's paid attention to the trajectory of their career over the past 20+ years. The group recorded their last album, 2014's Sonic Highways, in conjunction with the HBO series of the same name. They then embarked on a world tour in support of the album -- which they refused to cancel despite a major accident that left Grohl with a broken leg, forcing him to perform from an enormous throne (made of guitars, no less) each night. It's been a whirlwind few years -- a break is in order.
Foo Fighters later released a free five-song EP titled the Saint Cecilia EP, and with it Grohl penned a lengthy letter, with parts of it sounding like a farewell-for-now to fans.
"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," he wrote. "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."
It should be noted that Foo Fighters often take lengthy breaks between albums, typically announcing a hiatus for members to focus on other musical projects in the interim. Grohl previously confirmed a hiatus in 2012, after the band finished promoting the 2011 album Wasting Light, and that break lasted less than two years.
See you soon, FF.