Back in late August, the group played the Reading Festival, which prompted frontman Dave Grohl to say, "You guys realize we've got a lot of songs to play. It's the last show of the tour and it's the last show for a long time.'' This inspired some concern that perhaps Grohl meant that the group would be breaking up. Then, over the weekend, the band played the Global Citizen Festival in New York City, and Grohl made similar comments. "I wish we could play all night -- but I'd rather see Neil Young," he said, referring to the fact that Young was next on the bill. "We don't have any shows after this. This is where we play as many songs as we can in a short period of time, because, honestly, I don't know when we're gonna do it again." This only provoked another round of panic -- and in turn, Grohl has taken to the band's Facebook page to explain himself.
After thanking everyone "for another incredible year," Grohl wrote, "I was serious [about the onstage comments]. I'm not sure when the Foo Fighters are going to play again. It feels strange to say that, but it's a good thing for all of us to go away for a while. It's one of the reasons we're still here. Make sense? I never want to NOT be in this band. So, sometimes it's good to just... put it back in the garage for a while..."
Not that he isn't going to be busy. As he mentioned in the Facebook post, he's still hard at work on his documentary about Sound City, the legendary Los Angeles studio that was the home for so many classic albums, including Nirvana's Nevermind. (The project will be accompanied by an album as well.) Discussing the Sound City projects, Grohl wrote, "A year in the making, it could be the biggest, most important project I've ever worked on. Get ready... it's coming."
Whatever label you want to put on the band's break, it does sound like Foo Fighters will be out of the public eye for a bit. But is that so surprising? Before the release of 2011's Wasting Light, the Foo had gone four years between studio albums. In that time, Grohl had focused on other music, most notably Them Crooked Vultures. (For a while there, it looked like he was just as concerned about TCV as he was in Foo Fighters.) So Grohl's announcement about some Foo downtime seems very much in keeping with how the group operates these days. When Wasting Light came out, I wondered if their fans were still as excited about the band as they once were. Clearly, they were. And now they'll have to be a little patient for some new Foo.
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