Rather than simply issue a statement saying “For the millionth time, we’re not breaking up. And nobody’s going...solo,” The Foo Fighters are countering recent rumors that the group is disbanding with a clever video spoof.
Since its posting to YouTube on Wednesday, the Foos’ “Official Band Announcement” video has logged more than 1 million views.
The seven-minute plus clip opens with ominous orchestral music and spinning headlines centering on reports that singer-guitarist-drummer-songwriter Dave Grohl, who formed the band in 1994 with those other guys, might be pursuing a solo career.
The breakup rumors were fueled by Grohl’s solo acoustic performance of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” on Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, during the annual “In Memoriam” segment.
It cuts to a recent red carpet shot of drummer Taylor Hawkins stating, “We need a break.... but we’re together tonight!”
The camera pans across an oil painting of Grohl, then slowly descends to Grohl himself as he says “Seeing as how that Academy Awards thing went so well, maybe it’s time ... maybe it’s time for me to do my own thing. Nothing against those other guys.”
Cut to the remaining band members during an F-bomb-laced conference call, alternating with shots of Grohl on his own in a recording studio singing “I wanna be free ... to be just me,” then a band meeting where possible replacements are vetted: David Coverdale, Sammy Hagar. Gwen Stefani. Courtney Love. Phil Collins. Justin Bieber.
Oh, and it concludes with a statement: “For the millionth time, we’re not breaking up. And nobody’s going ... solo.”