5 reasons why Foo Fighters rule – OCRegister

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The Foo Fighters have a great sense of humor. On Tuesday night, the band sent out a vague tweet that read “Official band announcement tomorrow night. Stay tuned.”

Of course this only fueled already circulating rumors that the quintet was going to announce an official break-up following that ominous countdown clock that ticked away on its official website in November, only to have the Foos drop a surprise, free EP, “Saint Cecilia,” on fans. The EP was accompanied by a lengthy letter penned by frontman Dave Grohl, which hinted that the group would be taking a well-deserved break.

As various media outlets and hardcore fans speculated on Wednesday about what this tweet from the band could possibly mean, it was rather amusing to read through the fan comments, which ranged from “If the Foo Fighters break up I’m going to die” to a hopeful “World tour with the Osmond Family? Yes!” The band finally put fans out of their misery last night and uploaded a hilarious seven-minute video (watch below) in which it ultimately revealed it had fooled everyone and was definitely not breaking up.

The cheeky prank led to thinking about more ways in which the Foo Fighters are awesome.

1. Foo Fighters trolled the entire Internet with one simple tweet

The band got several mainstream media outlets to write insane stories and go back and look up old footage of drummer Taylor Hawkins saying the band was on an “ihateus” instead of a hiatus. The video, which was posted after a 24-hour waiting period, itself is super funny. It highlights some of the headlines from the articles that ran throughout the day, as well as people speculating that Grohl would go solo following his performance of the Beatles’ “Blackbird” during the In Memoriam segment at the Oscars last Sunday.

From the start of video any true fan could quickly see this was all a joke, especially as longtime Foo Fighters producer Butch Vig chats with Grohl and advises “I think it’s time for you to go in your own direction” and do “something cool and hip,” while telling him electronic music is the way to go. Meanwhile, the rest of the band tries to find a replacement singer, even suggesting No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani. Former boy band member Nick Lachey ends up jamming with the band on “Everlong.” Ultimately it was all just the Foo Fighters trolling the entire world on one of its days off.

2. Dave Grohl falls, breaks his leg and continues to play

It looked like the entire Foo Fighters 2015 tour was doomed when Grohl took a dive off of a stage in Gothenburg, Sweden in June and broke his leg. Like the champion that he is, after being off stage for a bit, Grohl got back up there, sat in a chair and had a paramedic hold his leg in place as he finished out the set. Of course, a few gigs had to be canceled as the injury took time to heal, but that wasn’t going to stop him from completing the massive scheduled outing. Instead, he created himself a gaudy rock ’n’ roll throne and incorporated his misfortune into the act for the remainder of the tour.

3. “Sonic Highways”

For Foo Fighters’ eighth studio album it embarked on an ambitious endeavor that had the guys traveling to eight different recording studios across the U.S. to conduct interviews with engineers, producers and legendary musicians about the rich music history in that particular region. From those stories, Grohl wrote, on the spot, eight songs which the band then recorded in each location. It was all documented for the HBO series, “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways,” which began airing just a few weeks before the album was released in November 2014. It was a huge undertaking for the band, but a free education in music for us all.

4. Free music for everyone!

The same sort of hysteria caused by a vague tweet happened just a few months ago when a mysterious countdown clock suddenly appeared on the Foo Fighters’ official website. As fans waited anxiously for what the band would reveal, it was pretty rad when it turned out to be a download code for a free EP dubbed “Saint Cecilia.” The crop of new music was recorded by the band in a hotel room in Austin, Texas and was meant to serve as an end-of-the-tour thank you gift to fans.

5. “Hot Buns”

In 2011, Foo Fighters released arguably the best promotional video for a tour of all time. It was dubbed “Hot Buns” and it had the guys all dressed up like hillbilly cowboys and hanging out at a random truck stop. Things get a little steamy, awkward and even a little sexy as they strip down to nothing but their hats and boots and hit the showers together. It’s so full of sexual innuendo and is as hilarious as it is horrifying, especially as the camera slowly pans over the hairy, bare backsides of each band member.

5 reasons why Foo Fighters rule – OCRegister