Foo Fighters hiatus official: “I’m not sure when we’ll play 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.