Much of the post-show buzz at this past weekend’s Global Citizen Festival revolved around some ambiguous comments made by Dave Grohl during the Foo Fighters’ mid-show set. “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.” The comments could have just been a reference to the band’s shortened festival length set, or to the fact that the band had no more tour dates planned, but Grohl today confirmed on Facebook that the band would indeed go an a hiatus.
Dave Grohl took to the Foo Fighters Facebook page today with a note confirming the band will take a hiatus just a few days after his onstage comments at the Global Citizen Festival in New York led to rumors of a break-up.
You can read the full text of Grohl’s letter here:
Hey everyone . . .
Dave here. Just wanted to write and thank you all again from the bottom of my heart for another incredible year. (Our 18th, to be exact!) We truly never could have done any of this without you . . .
Never in my wildest dreams did I think Foo Fighters would make it this far. I never thought we COULD make it this far, to be honest. There were times when I didn’t think the band would survive. There were times when I wanted to give up. But . . . I can’t give up this band. And I never will. Because it’s not just a band to me. It’s my life. It’s my family. It’s my world.
Yes . . . I was serious. 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 . . .
But, no gold watches or vacations just yet . . . I’ll be focusing all of my energy on finishing up my Sound City documentary film and album for worldwide release in the very near future. A year in the making, it could be the biggest, most important project I’ve ever worked on. Get ready . . . it’s coming.
Me, Taylor, Nate, Pat, Chris, and Rami . . . I’m sure we’ll all see you out there . . . somewhere . . .
Thank you, thank you, thank you . . .
Grohl’s Sound City documentary is about the famous studio in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, where Grohl recorded ‘Nevermind’ with Nirvana. Other critically acclaimed albums recorded there include Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumors’, Neil Young’s ‘After The Gold Rush’, Tom Petty’s ‘Damn the Torpedoes’, and Rage Against the Machine’s self titled album.