This Foo Fighters article was written by Rita Vicinanza, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Adam Skirving.
Dave Grohl’s heartfelt performance of The Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’ during the 88th Academy Awards ceremony last Sunday night sparked rumours of a possible Foo Fighters split. As the band’s frontman gave a mesmerising rendition of the Fab Four’s song – in honour of this and last year’s notable deaths in the cinema industry – reporters started buzzing about an alleged break-up, causing a stir and leaving thousands of fans panicking.
Amidst the speculation, further alert came directly from the Foo Fighters themselves, as they released a brief statement on Tuesday, twitting that there would be an ‘official band announcement tomorrow night (last night)’. The cryptic message left both media and supporters alike in a complete chaos, left wondering what was to happen. NME went as far as envisaging various outcomes – the band may split up, take a well-deserved hiatus while each member pursued a solo career or instead go on a tour, make a new record.
Last night, as promised the Foo Fighters finally broke the silence and posted a video (see above) on YouTube in which Dave Grohl decides to ‘break free’ and ‘set them (his fellow bandmates) free’. In the video, Grohl discusses going solo and considers alternative musical paths as he embraces a new image and a new sound, while Smear, Mendel, Hawkins and Shiflett also face the consequences and reinvent themselves by starting to look at a potential new lead singer. The list for Grohl’s substitute is long and comprises many – from Eddie Vedder to Phil Collins – but at last the choice is made and Nick Lachey comes out to sing Everlong.
It is but a gag though, as the video finishes with a message from the Foos saying ‘For the millionth time, we’re not breaking up. And nobody’s going fucking solo!’ Fans can therefore breathe a sigh of relief, at least for the time being. Surely something’s cooking, but we’re not to know about it yet.