UPDATE 03/03/16, 3.20PM: Foo Fighters have responded to break up rumours with a hilarious video message.
Original Story: Foo Fighters took to their Twitter yesterday to say that they had an announcement to make and the internet immediately prepared for the worst.
“Official band announcement tomorrow night. Stay tuned,” the band wrote on their Twitter which was immediately translated by the Twitter-verse as: they’re breaking up.
That fear was further exacerbated by Page Six who reported that the band will announce a split with frontman Dave Grohl set to take on a solo career. This comes only days after he took to the Oscars stage to perform The Beatles’ Blackbird, by himself.
Well, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Foo Fighters most likely aren’t breaking up. A representative for the band told Entertainment Weekly the rumours are “utterly ridiculous”.
So what is this big announcement all about then?
There are a number of things that it could be. Grohl could be announcing a solo project, without splitting up the band to do so. Earlier in the year drummer Taylor Hawkins told Billboard that there was “nothing on the books” for the band this year so it would make sense if it had more to do with the band’s individual members instead of the band.
With the release of 2015’s Saint Celia EP, Grohl teased that perhaps the band will be having a little time apart.
“Maybe these songs are the bread crumbs that will help us find our way back when it’s time,” he wrote alongside the EP.
“We could use a nice wander through the woods right about now. Another empty journal, another tap on the shoulder … those things are never far behind. It’s what lies ahead in those woods that excites me now.”
Then again, the Foos don’t really know how to take a break and they have been teasing another project since last year. The band has toyed with the idea of doing a second season of Sonic Highways, the HBO series that accompanied the release of their last album. They have discussed the idea of taking it to Europe or even Australia.
Another possibility is that they will be announced as the third and final headliners for Glastonbury. The band was forced to pull out of the slot last year after Grohl broke his leg. They were replaced by the mighty Florence and the Machine, but there’s no doubt the band will be keen to get back and reclaim their spot. Muse and Coldplay have already been announced as headliners.
There’s no exact time yet but we will likely have the announcement by the end of the day. Stay tuned.
UPDATE 03/03/2016: Drummer Taylor Hawkins has said that the Foo Fighters are on an indefinite hiatus.
Watch: Foo Fighters – Everlong
Official band announcement tomorrow night. Stay tuned.
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) March 2, 2016
— Leigh Ann Lennon (@leighannaconda) March 2, 2016
@foofighters If u dare to split
— Sam (@ErasedUniverse) March 2, 2016
@foofighters i will join the band if u need me
— Dube (@sexytompetty) March 2, 2016