A representative for the Foo Fighters clarified on Monday that the band is definitely not breaking up, just taking a break.
On Tuesday (October 2) lead singer Dave Grohl himself weighed in and made it crystal clear that not only is his long-running rock juggernaut still a thing, but he never wants the ride to end. “Dave here. Just wanted to write and thank you all again from the bottom of my heart for another incredible year,” he said in a statement, noting that 2012 marks the 18th season of the Foo.
“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.”
During the Foos’ set at the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday Grohl said it would be a while before fans got to see his band onstage again.
“This is it, man. We don’t have any [shows] after this,” he said from the stage of the charity event that also featured sets from the Black Keys and Neil Young and Crazy Horse. “This is the show where we come out and we play as many songs as we can in a short period of time, because honestly, I don’t know when we’re going to do it again.” That comment, as well as a declaration that the set-closing “Everlong” was the “last chance to dance!” revved up speculation that Grohl might be folding the tent on his stadium-rocking post-Nirvana band.
In his statement Grohl made it clear that he meant what he said on stage, but not the way some have interpreted it. “Yes … I was serious,” he said. “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.”
Instead, he’ll be focusing all his energy on finishing his long-in-the-works documentary, “Sound City,” and its companion soundtrack. “A year in the making, it could be the biggest, most important project I’ve ever worked on,” he said. “Get ready … it’s coming.”
As for him and the rest of the Foos, Dave said not to fret, “I’m sure we’ll all see you out there … somewhere.”