Dave Grohl Confirms Foo Fighters Hiatus: “Yes … I Was Serious”

But don't get too nervous, fans

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He’s no “Pretender”: Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl fueled speculation by telling crowds at the Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 29 in New York City that he didn’t know when the Foo Fighters would perform again. Now the speculation can end. He meant it.

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In an ellipses-filled public letter issued today, Grohl confirmed that the 18-year-old band had no specific plans to play future concerts—but he also said that the this is not the end of the band. Instead, the band is going “back in the garage for a while,” wrote Grohl:

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?

In the meantime, Grohl will stay busy with what he says could be the most important work of his life, a documentary about the San Fernando Valley recording studio known as Sound City and a soundtrack to accompany it.

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