The Foo Fighters' major announcement on Wednesday night was surely a relief to fans who were on the edge of their seats for 24 hours.
Amid speculation that the band was breaking up and that frontman Dave Grohl was going solo, the Foos on Tuesday night teased on social media that a major announcement was forthcoming.
That announcement came Wednesday night in the form of a seven-minute YouTube video that made clear early on that rumors of a split were false.
The video begins with a series of media headlines regarding Grohl's recent performance at the Oscars and his group's supposed breakup. We then see Grohl playing a sunglasses-wearing prima donna that's convinced by Foos producer Butch Vig that he should go in a different direction as a musician. "Something cool and hip," he explains.
Grohl explores becoming an electronic music artist and leaves his bandmates behind -- "I'm setting them free. It's a win-win situation," he says -- but he struggles to adapt to his new life as a keyboard player.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Foo Fighters -- Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins and Chris Shiflett -- get together and discuss their options. They brainstorm names of potential new singers, ranging from Sammy Hagar to Gwen Stefani to Phil Collins, before settling on former boy-band member Nick Lachey. They play an acoustic version of "Everlong" as Nick sings along, with hilarious results.
The clip concludes with a message from the Foo Fighters: "For the millionth time, we're not breaking up. And nobody's going f***ing solo!"