Foo Fighters played a practical joke on their fans and the music press by posting their major announcement, a video message to fans. Originally thought to be a notice of the band going on hiatus or breaking up, every major music website (including ours) reported the news earlier today with two very prominent music and entertainment sites confirming the news only hours ago. The band is apparently not breaking up, but no further information was released either. The hilarious video pokes fun at frontman Dave Grohl’s high-profile, and also has producer Butch Vig and singer Nick Lachey appear too. You can watch the video at this link or below:
Rumored since a cryptic tweet and other messages the last few days, Foo Fighters have revealed the band is entering an indefinite hiatus as of now. In an interview with Spin drummer Taylor Hawkins confirmed the news:
“I think the world needs a break from us for a little while”
Rumors and speculation had followed the band for some time as front man Dave Grohl has been eyeing a solo career for some time. He often has many other side-projects in the works, both high profile and behind the scenes. Hawkins himself has several other bands he is a part of including Birds of Satan and Chevy Metal. The future plans of the other members of the group are at this time unknown. Foo Fighters were promoting their current release, the Saint Cecelia (Roswell.RCA) EP, recorded as a charity project to benefit victims of the Paris Terror attacks. Prior to that the band had released the award-winning Sonic Highways (Roswell/RCA) album in 2014.
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Official band announcement tomorrow night. Stay tuned.
The Eagles of Death Metal, who previously vowed to aid those killed or injured in the November 13th Paris Terrorist Attacks that took place in part at their show at Le Bataclan have launched said campaign. The band have called upon musicians of all walks from all genres to cover the track ‘I Love You All The Time’ from their recent album Zipper Down (Downtown Recordings). My Morning Jacket covered the song live recently, with a new version by TheDean Ween Group released tonight. You can hear the track at this link or below: EODM co-leader Josh Homme posted the track with a personal message to fans, also posted below:
Hello talented friend, The senseless and violent terrorist attacks of Nov. 13, 2015 in Paris have left us all unsettled and we dare not give another second of precious time to those who have tried to steal our freedoms and take away our power.
Instead, we are writing to ask for your help to Play It Forward. We are calling upon our friends to donate their time, talent and good will in a show of solidarity to help the victims of these atrocious acts in Paris and those affected by terrorism worldwide.
We are asking for you to cover our song “I Love You All The Time.” For every cover sold, we pledge to donate 100% of the publishing income to The Sweet Stuff Foundation. We ask that you also donate the money generated from sales of the song to the charity.
In the same spirit, we would encourage you to offer one of your songs up to be covered by another artist, and follow suit – donate the publishing monies to charity – The Play it Forward Initiative.
Whether you’re Soul or R&B; Hip Hop or Hippy; Garage, Goth, Country, Punk or Pop; Death Metal or DJ; It matters not. Whether your version is faithful to ours, instrumental, uses only lyrics or fragments thereof or is completely reimagined in every way, it matters not. Your individual musical differences become our collective strength. Simultaneously, we will call upon iTunes, Tidal, Amazon, Spotify & all others who will sell these covers, to join us and donate their portions to a charity as a symbol of unity. So many wonderfully talented artists have offered their love & support or have reached out asking, “How can we help?” Our answer is simple; Unite with us. All of us. The musicians, the bands, the music companies & the fans… because we are music. We are the anthems of great nations. We are the songs of our forefathers. We are the hymns of God. The songs of the broken hearted. The unchained melodies. The songs of puppy love & of love that cannot be broken. We are the music of hope & possibility. We are the call to arms. We are the chorus of victory. We are songs in the key of life.
We are the Champions… of the World.
In the event our song doesn’t float your boat, we encourage you to help unite our business by any means possible. If you’re drawing a blank, donate something of yours or the proceeds from one of your songs, as Duran Duran has so graciously done. But do join us help & heal through music. They attacked us all, please hear the call.
Foo Fighters have released a surprise EP, Saint Cecilia, and made it available to stream for FREE at this site. The E was recorded at The Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, TX. Front man Dave Grohl has written a letter to fans explaining the release and its relevance to the tragedy of the recent terrorist attacks on Paris, France.
19 November 2015
Tonight, Let me begin with a preface to a letter I wrote a few weeks ago from my hotel room in Berlin while on our final tour for this album. I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems…
The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.
Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.
To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.
Major media outlets are reposing of several terrorist attacks in Paris, FR this evening. Among the reported sites targeted ad attacked was a concert by Eagles Of Death Metal, at the world famous Bataclan venue. Hostages were reportadelty taken at the venue that situation is apparently on-goning. Reports that 40 people are dead and 100s among the wounded so far, and the number continues to climb.
We send our condolences to the families of those lost or suffering injuries as a result of this tragedy, and our thoughts are with our many friends in Paris tonight, We will update this story as we get more information. In the meantime you can follow news on the attacks here and here:
UPDATE: In a post to Facebook, The Eagles of Death Metal still do not have all of their band and crew accounted for after the attack at their show.