I have been rocking with Dave Grohl from the first day of my broadcasting rock radio career. I was in college, and learning the radio world when Nirvana was in their glory days of the early to mid 1990's. I was on college radio the day Kurt Cobain died. I was on my first afternoon rock radio show in Bloomington, Illinois, the day I played the first Foo Fighters record, explaining to the audience that this was the drummer in Nirvana's new band. There was a wierd, confused feeling to that. The drummer of Nirvana sings? Really? Does he suck? What the hell is up with that name, Foo Fighters?
Well, fast forward 17 years. Foo Fighters have become one of the biggest bands on the planet. Grohl has managed to keep his straight forward garage meets punk rock attitude in this band for well over a decade. He has sold millions. The band has won multiple Grammy's. They have won multiple MTV Awards for their hilarious videos. American Music Awards, European Awards. Their last album 'Wasting Light' may be their best yet. They have accomplished a ton. So, the announcement yesterday that the bans was going on a long hiatus was met with some confusion and sadness at the same time.
Dave said the following on their web site, "I'm not sure when the Foo Fighters are going to play again, " said Grohl. "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. Sometimes it's good to just....put it back in the garage for a while." So, there you go. Every band needs a break. Every band needs to re-charge the batteries. Let's hope this is not a long pause. This band has been on fire for years, releasing one album after another.
We wish Dave and his band mates the best. Go on a long vacation, but get your ass back as soon as possible, rock music, and rock radio needs you!
- Matt Bahan