Dave Grohl’s heartfelt performance of The Beatles’ Blackbird during the 88th Academy Awards ceremony last Sunday night sparked rumours of a possible Foo Fighters split. As the band’s lead singer gave a mesmerising rendition of the Fab Four’s song in honour of this and last year’s notable deaths in the cinema industry, reporters started buzzing about an alleged break-up, causing a stir and leaving thousands of fans panicking.
Amidst the speculation, further alert came directly from the Foos themselves as they released a brief statement on Tuesday, twitting that there would be an ‘official band announcement tomorrow night (last night)’. The cryptic message left media and supporters alike in a complete chaos as everyone was left wondering what was going to happen.
NME went as far as envisaging various outcomes – the band may split up, take a well-deserved hiatus while each member pursued a solo career or instead go on a tour, make a new record… such was the frenzy and the confusion in which Grohl and co. plunged everyone.
Last night, however, as promised the Foo Fighters finally broke the silence and posted a video on YouTube in which Dave Grohl decides to ‘break free’ and ‘set them (his fellow bandmates) free’. Grohl discusses going solo and considers alternative musical paths as he embraces a new image and a new sound, while Smear, Mendel, Hawkins and Shiflett also face the consequences and reinvent themselves by starting to look at a potential new lead singer. The list for Grohl’s substitute is long and comprises many – from Eddie Vedder to Phil Collins – but at last the choice is made and Nick Lachey comes out to sing Everlong.
It is but a gag though, as the video finishes with a message from the Foos saying ‘For the millionth time, we’re not breaking up. And nobody’s going fucking solo!’. Fans can therefore breathe a sigh of relief, at least for the time being. Surely something’s cooking, but we’re not to know about it yet.