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Foo Fear Dave Grohl reveals he was afraid of dying in a nuclear holocaust as a child

"I had nightmares of missiles in the sky and soldiers in my backyard, most likely brought upon by the political tension of the early 1980s. My youth was spent under the dark cloud of a hopeless future."

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Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters

FOO Fighters have just released a new single, Waiting On A War, from their forthcoming album, Medicine at Midnight, due out on February 5.

Revealing the inspiration behind the song, Dave Grohl says: "As a child growing up in the suburbs of Washington DC, I was always afraid of war.

"I had nightmares of missiles in the sky and soldiers in my backyard, most likely brought upon by the political tension of the early 1980s. My youth was spent under the dark cloud of a hopeless future.

"I was terrified that we were heading for nuclear war in the late '70s and early '80s with all the political tension and arms race. I was really afraid that we were going to die in a nuclear holocaust.

"And then last year, I was taking my daughter to school and it was around the time that the US and North Korea were ramping up tensions with each other and she had seen it on the news.

"She just asked me: 'Dad, are we going to war?' My heart sank in my chest as I looked into her innocent eyes, because I realised that she was now living under that same dark cloud of a hopeless future that I had felt 40 years ago.

"It reminded me of how I felt when I was her age and I just thought: 'How depressing is it that childhood could be robbed of that beauty and innocence by this dark feeling of dread. So that's what Waiting On A War is about.

"I wrote it that day for my daughter, Harper, who deserves a future, just as every child does."

In March of last year, Grohl, his wife, Jordyn Blum, and their three daughters flew to Hawaii from their Californian base for spring break.

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Foo Fighters had to hold off on their tour

Foo Fighters had to hold off on their tour

Foo Fighters had to hold off on their tour

At the time, Grohl had put the finishing touches to the Foos' tenth studio album, the swaggering Medicine at Midnight.

It was due to be released shortly afterwards, but then Covid-19 shut down the world.

"Everything was ready to go," Grohl says. "The world tour was booked, the T-shirts were printed, the trucks were being loaded with equipment.

"Our tour itinerary was 18 months long, with shows all over the world to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We were ready to implement our world-dominating routine.

"The idea was to have a family vacation for two weeks and then I'd hit the road.

"That was March 15. And we stayed for three-and-a-half f***ing months. As idyllic and wonderful as it was, I was going stir-crazy, having calls and meetings once a week, saying, 'OK, when do we let this thing out of its cage? When is the ideal time to release this record?'

"After months and months of realising there is no ideal time, I came to the conclusion that we need to release the record to the people.

"We finally realised that our music is made to be heard, whether it's in a festival field with 50,000 of our closest friends, or alone in your living room on a Saturday night with a stiff cocktail. So the wait is over. "

This week Grohl and the Foo Fighters performed Times Like These at the inauguration of Joe Biden.

Although the song was written nearly 20 years ago, Grohl says it has taken on a new meaning in the last 12 months.

"That song was written at a time where I was kind of at a crossroads. And in that, I decided to choose hope and rebirth," Grohl explains.

"The song definitely applies to what everyone's feeling right now. You know, when you say it's times like these you learn to live again, it represents some new beginning. And I think a lot of people feel like that's what we need right now."

  • THE Foo Fighters' new album, Medicine at Midnight, will be out on Friday, February 5.

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