Turns out that Foo Fighters is not just a great band, they are also hilarious. And they showed that in a mocking video released Wednesday night to trash rumors about them breaking up.
The rumors surfaced after a Monday article in the New York Post’s Page Six cited an unidentified source to claim that “tension” between frontman Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins was causing discord within the band, and that Grohl’s solo rendition of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” at the Oscars ceremony Sunday was “his big entrance into his solo career.”
On Tuesday, Foo Fighters sent out a cryptic tweet, which only said: “Official band announcement tomorrow night. Stay tuned.” It prompted many to speculate that the band was going to officially announce its breakup.
The announcement, which came in the form of a video on the band’s official YouTube channel, was a tongue-in-cheek response to the rumors and killed them definitively, ending as it did with the words: “For the millionth time we’re not breaking up. And nobody’s going f------ solo!”
After opening with real news headlines about Grohl’s Oscars performance and rumors about the band breaking up, the seven-minute clip switches between Grohl talking about a solo career and the rest of the band considering other singers, which include suggestions from Prince to Gwen Stefani and Phil Collins to Justin Bieber.
While Grohl tries singing hilarious ballads (“And now I'm free to be me, just me, not those other three or four or how many more,” is a sample) in the studio, accompanied by a keyboard that he plays with "just one finger," the band auditions Nick Lachey, who rose to fame as lead singer of the boy band 98 Degrees.
There is also a reference to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, when one of the band members says: “Let’s make Foo Fighters great again.”
The video ended with an affirmation of the band staying together. Fans, obviously, were delighted.
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