Foo Fighters had a great and interesting 2015 in many aspects, from becoming one of the highest touring bands of the year, to postponing some European tour dates after frontman Dave Grohl broke his leg while performing on stage to postponing more dates due to the terrorist threat going around the continent after the Paris attack in November.
All that excitement got to the core of the band and after releasing a surprise EP, decided to take a break for this year to recharge their batteries. But according to a report in yesterday’s New York Post Page Six, the break was actually a way to sugar coat Grohl’s venture into a solo career.
The rumors started after Grohl performed this Sunday at the Academy Awards ceremony this past Sunday, performing the Beatles’ “Blackbird” during the telecast’s “In Memoriam” segment. The reports cite an “insider source” claiming that the band’s announced hiatus was just a way for Grohl going solo, stating that his bandmate, drummer Taylor Hawkins wasn’t too keen about the idea, and in fact was “pissed about it.”
Other reports referred to Hawkins dedicating his 2016 to focus on Chevy Metal, an all-star cover band consisting on Hawkins, fellow Foo Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffe and Grohl himself as their usual lineup but is not clear if that’s the case for this year’s slate of shows planned.
After all this conjecture, EW contacted Foo Fighters’ rep to get any sort of confirmation regarding the claims and, while they declined to comment, they said these reports about the band going through some tension or breaking up are “utterly ridiculous.”
Whatever the case may be, all we know is that for sure Foo Fighters are going on a short hiatus and that there will be some Chevy Metal shows happening this year, so if Grohl were to decide on trying out some solo stuff without compromising the Foo Fighters, as long as it involved something like Probot, that’d be ok by us. Check out the video below and see some of the Foos playing as Chevy Metal.