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Update: Foo Fighters Confirm Hiatus

October 2, 2012  |  12:00pm
Update: Foo Fighters Confirm Hiatus

Update: Dave Grohl confirmed the band’s hiatus in a statement posted on their Facebook page. You can read the whole thing below.

This weekend at a free concert in New York’s Central Park, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made the ominous statement about the future of the band.

“Without making a big deal out of it, we don’t have any shows after this,” Grohl said, according to the Huffington Post. “This is it, man. Honestly I don’t know when we’re gonna do it again…and this is the perfect place to do it.”

The band released seven albums over their 16 years together. They took home five Grammys in February this year for their 2011 album, Wasting Light. Foo Fighters started in 1994 as a solo project for former Nirvana member Grohl after Kurt Cobain’s suicide.

The band’s lineup has remained fairly consistent over time, with former Sunny Day Real Estate bassist Nate Mendel taking over bass duties in 1995. Taylor Hawkins has been with the band since 1997, and Pat Smear, a rhythm guitarist who also played for Nirvana, rejoined the band last year after quitting in 1997. Guitarist Chris Shiflett has played with the band since 2000. They have been on a world tour to promote Wasting Light since May.

Dave Grohl’s Statement
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…

Dave

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