Dave Grohl Writes Open Letter to Dispel Ridiculous Breakup Rumors

"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."

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Nicole Sia

Foo Fighters aren't breaking up, and Dave Grohl never said they were. Yesterday's widely misreported story that Grohl announced at Saturday's Global Citizen Festival that the Foos were packing it in and calling it a career has moved the frontman to release an open letter putting the rumor to rest. What he actually said at the time was, "Without making a big deal out of it, we don't have any shows after this. This is it, man. Honestly I don't know when we're gonna do it again ... and this is the perfect place to do it." The Internet subsequently did make a big deal of it, though, misinterpreting a regular-old hiatus between albums for a final farewell. A spokesperson for the band later had to tell MTV, "They are definitely not breaking up."

Nasty Little Man released Grohl's statement to the press today (October 2). He spends most of the letter awestruck by the band's accomplishments and comraderie, and none of it lamenting the WTF nature of 24-hour news cycle. (He is, after all, the nicest dude in rock.) Read the whole thing below.

Hey everyone...


Dave here. Just wanted to write and thank you all again from the bottom of my heart for another incredible year. (Our 18th, to be exact!) We truly never could have done any of this without you...


Never in my wildest dreams did I think Foo Fighters would make it this far. I never thought we COULD make it this far, to be honest. 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? I never want to NOT be in this band. So, sometimes it's good to just... put it back in the garage for a while...


But, no gold watches or vacations just yet... I'll be focusing all of my energy on finishing up my Sound City documentary film and album for worldwide release in the very near future. A year in the making, it could be the biggest, most important project I've ever worked on. Get ready... it's coming.


Me, Taylor, Nate, Pat, Chris, and Rami... I'm sure we'll all see you out there... somewhere...


Thank you, thank you, thank you...



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