No, the Foo Fighters are not breaking up

The Foo Fighters insist they are not breaking up, and the group has released a parody video — complete with frontman Dave Grohl singing about baloney and former boy-band star Nick Lachey taking Grohls’s place in the band — to deal with rumors that the group is in its death throes.

Rumors of the band’s disintegration began picking up steam after the band announced it was taking an extended break — jokingly dubbed an “ihateus” instead of hiatus —and Grohl performed solo at the Academy Awards on Sunday, singing the Beatles’ “Blackbird” during the show’s in memoriam segment.

Also Sunday, the New York Post’s Page Six reported that tensions have been building between Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins and that a breakup was imminent.

 

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(Daniel Sangjib-Min/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

 

Foo Fighters perform at The National in Richmond on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.

“The band is billing it as a ‘break,’ but it’s totally Dave going solo, and Taylor is pissed about it,” a source told Page Six.

Foo Fighters started as a Grohl solo project in 1994 atfer the suicide of Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain, but it has since grown into a full-fledged band. The group has released eight albums.

The band played a special crowd-funded show Sept. 17, 2014, at The National after fans raised more than $70,000 to bring the group to Richmond after a 17-year absence.

At the time, Grohl labeled the sold-out show a game-changer for the industry.

“I’m telling you, it could become the way that bands decide where they want to play,” Grohl told a South African radio station in remarks published in Rolling Stone. “It’s a fun thing; it sort of changes the game. For the past 20 years we always decided who we’re going to play with and where we’re going to play. But now, if we hear that people want us to come somewhere, maybe we’ll come there.”

Published March 3, 2016, Richmond Times-Dispatch