If you’re holding out for new music from the Foo Fighters this year, you might want to rethink your plans, with Chris Shiflet revealing this year will be a quiet one for the band.
Back in 2017, the Foo Fighters released Concrete And Gold, their ninth studio album, and first in almost three years. As a result, news of this record kicked off a rather busy period for the group in terms of touring.
In fact, between 2017 and 2018, the group averaged 65 shows a year around the world, playing just about wherever and whenever they liked.
However, if you’re hoping that this year will be another big one for the Foo Fighters, you might be a bit disappointed, with Chris Shiflet revealing they’ll be taking it easy in 2019.
Speaking to the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones for Jonesy’s Jukebox recently, Shiflet explained that the band’s current touring period is close to done, meaning its time for some well-deserved rest.
“Well, kind of,” Shiflet responded to the question of being done for a while. “It’s not a super-heavy year; we kind of wrapped up touring for the last record but, you know.”
“We have some stuff – we have some festivals coming up later in the year…”
When asked about whether or not the Foo Fighters might be planning to release a new album in 2020, Shiflet simply responded by saying, “I don’t know, we’ll see how that works.”
Check out Chris Shiflet on Jonesy’s Jukebox:
Of course, this news does seem to confirm Dave Grohl’s recent desires to “take a break” before their next album.
“It’s a challenge, you know? You kind of set these goals for yourself, to see if you can do it again, even when you’re crawling to the finish line you know that it’s there,” Grohl explained in October.
“So here we are at the last set of shows we’ve been on for a year and a half and I’m ready to take a break but I’m ready to do it again at some point.”
As it stands, the Foo Fighters recently wrapped up a pre-Super Bowl performance which saw them team up with the likes of Tom Morello and Zac Brown for a Black Sabbath cover. However, they do have a number of dates planned for the rest of the year, with festivals predominantly on their radar.
While it remains to be seen whether the band will release a new album or not, this announcement does seem a little less shocking than the group’s “indefinite hiatus” back in 2016. Of course, that lasted barely a year, with a new album being released barely 18 months later.
It remains to be seen when a new Foo Fighters album will become the topic of discussion, but at this stage, it’s looking like 2021 might be the way to go.