Amidst weeks of gossip about the impending break-up of the band, the Foo Fighters released an epic, seven-minute video Wednesday night to dispel the rumours and troll the media.
Rumours about the split of the alt-rock band gained momentum earlier this week after a New York Post Page Six article cited unnamed sources as saying Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl wanted to pursue a solo career.
“The band is billing it as a ‘break,’ but it’s totally Dave going solo, and Taylor [Hawkins] is pissed about it,” Page Six cited the source as saying.
The article ran the day after Grohl performed the Beatles song Blackbird during the Oscars in memoriam segment on Sunday.
Music magazine Spin also addressed the break-up rumours this week, addressing a newly released interview with Hawkins, the Foos’ drummer.
Breaking: Foo Fighters are going on indefinite hiatus https://t.co/zH9WqRQiuG pic.twitter广州桑拿网/vrnbP5jrlb
— SPIN (@SPINmagazine) March 3, 2016
“We’re on ihateus right now, we’re on an indefinite ihateus,” Hawkins said in the January interview with Artisan News. ”But that’s not because we don’t love each other and we don’t want to make music together … instead of hiatus we call it ‘ihateus,’” the drummer joked.
Hawkins went on to explain that the band has done a lot over the last five or so years and the “world needs a break from us.”
The Foos intensified the speculation on Tuesday by taking to 广州蒲友 to tease some sort of an “announcement.”
“Official band announcement tomorrow night. Stay tuned,” the group tweeted.
Official band announcement tomorrow night. Stay tuned.
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) March 2, 2016
Late Wednesday, the band made the announcement via YouTube, mocking the rumours of Grohl’s solo career and the end of the Foo Fighters.
“There was something about just like being on stage by myself. It was like it was just me,” Grohl said in the video, referring to his Oscar performance. “And nothing against those other guys. I love those guys and they love me. I feel like they’d be really happy for me.
“I’m holding them back. I’m setting them free. It’s a win-win situation. Those guys get to do their thing. I get to find myself and be me,” the singer said.
Meanwhile, the rest of the band meets to discuss potential replacements for Grohl, including Phil Collins and Justin Bieber. Heck, even former boy-band singer Nick Lachey makes an appearance and belts out a few lines from Everlong.
The video ends with a message to fans and media:
“For the millionth time, we’re not breaking up. And nobody’s going f**ing solo.”
Here’s the full video. (Some of the language may not be appropriate for some viewers)