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Goodbye, Foo Fighters (for now)

When you get an email with a subject line "A Letter from Dave Grohl," odds are it's not good news. Unless you hate Foo Fighters, I guess, and who hates Foo Fighters?

Contained in the letter--released to all press, not just me--is the Foo singer/guitarist (and, obviously, drummer for Them Crooked Vultures and, once upon a time, Nirvana) indicating that, "I'm not sure when the Foo Fighters are going to play again." To me that translates to "I think we're probably finished, but I don't want to say that definitively, and I don't like the phrase 'indefinite hiatus.'" Grohl notes that "I can't give up this band. And I never will." He's a guy that's always seemed to resist any industry phoniness, so I take him at his word.

I also value him saying that "sometimes it's good to just ... put it back in the garage for a while," as while the band has cranked out a lot of really good rock songs over the years, some of their albums do tend to blend together. (My favorite remains "The Colour and the Shape"). The veteran rocker says he'll be working on his documentary about the famed Sound City studio and its accompanying album.

As long as one of the few modern rock icons isn't disappearing completely, we can all rest easier the genre's future isn't in the hands of Nickelback.

Watch Matt on “You & Me This Morning,” Friday at 6:55 a.m. on WCIU, the U

mpais@tribune.com

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