Is it time to say goodbye to the Foo Fighters? Not so fast…
In typical Foo style, the group didn't simply put out a statement denying to deny the false news -- they put together a seven-minute YouTube video (in less than one week!) that featured a cameo from Nick Lachey.
Yes, that Nick Lachey of the boy band 98 Degrees. And it's perfection.
The video starts off with a series of headlines flashing across the screen as dramatic music plays, before cutting to a seemingly frustrated Taylor Hawkins (Foo's drummer) telling a reporter, "We don't not want to hang out with each other but we need a break."
Grohl then discusses how wonderful his Oscars performance was, a sign that he should "find himself and be me" and allow the other guys -- Hawkins, guitarist Chris Shiflett, rhythm guitarist Pat Smear and bassist Nate Mendel -- to be free.
As Grohl plays the keyboard with one finger to make "hip" new music, a song titled "Phony Baloney," the rest of the band decides to hold a group meeting to find a new lead singer. Their list includes Liam Gallagher, Diplo, Drake and Justin Beiber, but ultimately, only one guy is perfect for the job: Lachey.
It is delightful and just the most Foo thing you could possibly watch:
Lachey doesn't do the worst job singing "Everlong," eh? Especially if you were always wondering what Foo Fighters would sound like with a pop remix! (You weren't, were you...)
But it's the all-caps message at the end of the video is truly the best part: "For the millionth time, we're not breaking up. And nobody's going f**king solo!"
The Foo Fighters have a long history of finding the funny, including with their now-iconic music vids for "Big Me," "Everlong" and "Learn to Fly." If you've never seen them spoof old school Mentos commercials, please do yourself a favor and watch this 1995 classic:
Here's to stalking iTunes until we can buy "Phony Baloney." Because it's beautiful.