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Foo Fighters hiatus official:“I’m not sure when we’llplay again”

It’s officially official. Foo Fighters are taking a break.

Frontman Dave Grohl has reiterated comments he made on-stage at the Global Citizen Festival over the weekend with an open letter saying that after 18 years, seven studio albums and 11 Grammys, they’re taking a break. He said he wanted to concentrate his time on Sound City, a documentary he’s directed and produced about the legendary California studio. A year in the making, he described it as the “biggest, most important project I’ve ever worked on”.

Foo Fighters last toured Australia in 2011, playing arena shows in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and the Gold Coast, as well as a special performance at Goat Island in Sydney. Review here.

Here’s Grohl’s letter in full:

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.


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brianward81 said on the 2nd Oct, 2012

and i had to miss their last concert here in perth... boo.


gumbuoy said on the 2nd Oct, 2012

So, this clears time for Dave to work on the next Them Crooked Vultures album, yes?


sarcasm_mister said on the 2nd Oct, 2012

i swear they said a similar thing after their show at Wembley in August 08. then a year later they brought out Wheels and Wasting Light soon after.

but this is a good sign for another Them Crooked Vultures album tour.


crob said on the 2nd Oct, 2012

more Them Crooked Vulture would be awesome


lineofbestfit said on the 3rd Oct, 2012



berlinchair101 said on the 3rd Oct, 2012

New Queens then Vultures please.

Trent Slatter

Trent Slatter said on the 3rd Oct, 2012

Queens are currently recording so any new Them Crooked Vultures would still be a few years away. It's a good sign though.


batdan said on the 3rd Oct, 2012

Nirvana hologram tour it is then

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 3rd Oct, 2012

Gimme some new Zeppelin ya cuuuuuuuunts


daveyac8881 said on the 3rd Oct, 2012

Hopefully they can move a bit quicker than that..


borntohula said on the 4th Oct, 2012

preferably after some more sunny day real estate.


stuieb84 said on the 4th Oct, 2012

"so, this clears time for dave to work on the next them crooked vultures album, yes?" certainly hope so