Dave Grohl created some buzz this past weekend when he told the crowd at the Reading Festival that the gig would be the last Foo Fighters show [in England] for a long time. The band still has a few sporadic concerts lined up in the U.S. this fall, but what happens next has a world of possibilities for the Foo Fighters, who wrapped up a typically lengthy tour following their first number one album in the U.S., 2011’s Wasting Light.
Next Album: It is unlikely that the band would take a U2 or Rolling Stones-type hiatus in between albums. It was not that long ago when Grohl openly discussed writing songs for their eighth album and the prospects of a new Foo Fighters album in 2012 or 2013 remains very much in play. Butch Vig, who produced Wasting Light and two tracks on their Greatest Hits album, is currently busy with a new record with the Emperors of Wyoming and is fresh off a Garbage reunion.
The Silver Screen And The Small Screen: Here is a growing aspect of the band that has only come to surface relatively late in their careers. While Grohl has appeared in films ranging from Tenacious D and The Muppets, he is currently producing a much-hyped documentary on the Sound City Studios and an FX comedy about a band on a therapy couch as they reach the apex of their stardom. Drummer Taylor Hawkins will appear in a forthcoming film about New York’s esteemed CBGB as Stooges frontman Iggy Pop.
Side Projects: The band has been known to dabble in side projects during their downtime, most especially during the hiatus between Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace and Wasting Light. Grohl famously joined forces with John Paul Jones and Josh Homme to form the super group Them Crooked Vultures, although the presence of a Queens of the Stone Age album in 2013 makes that idea seem unlikely. Grohl has also been vaguely linked to a Led Zeppelin side project with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and Jones called χυμεία3.
The other members of the band also kept busy during their last break, most notably Hawkins and Chris Shiflett, who guided The Coattail Riders and Dead Peasants, respectively. Hawkins also jammed with Stewart Copeland at the Police drummer’s Grove studios. Bass player Nate Mendel also returned to his band Sunny Day Real Estate for a reunion tour in 2009.