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Music in the News: Underoath, Foo Fighters, the Smiths

by Andrew Guilbert October 9, 2012
Music in the News: Underoath, Foo Fighters, the Smiths

Broken oath

Fans of Christian metalcore band Underoath received some bad news last week when the band announced they had decided to call it quits. “It’s sad to say that we feel like it’s time to close this chapter, but we have never seen things more clearly,” said frontman Spencer Chamberlain in a press release. “These have been the best years of my entire life, and I owe that to every single person who ever supported this band along the way. This wasn’t a quick decision by any means. It’s just time for us to move on.” They won’t be leaving fans high and dry however, as they are currently prepping for a final tour to close out the band’s legacy. “We are taking every moment of this tour as an opportunity to say goodbye to you all, as well as celebrate what has taken place over all these years,” said keyboardist Chris Dudley. “The love we have and the debt of gratitude that we owe to all of you is not able to be measured in any way.” Though details are hazy at the moment, the tour is expected to start sometime in 2013.


Who will fight Foos in the meantime?

Some more bad news now, with the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl announcing on the group’s Facebook page that they will be putting the band “back in the garage for a while.” The frontman admitted in the post, “Never in my wildest dreams did I think Foo Fighters would make it this far. I never thought we COULD make it this far, there were times when I didn’t think the band would survive.” Not to worry, Foo fans, Grohl says they won’t be retiring just yet. “There were times when I wanted to give up. But . . . I can’t give up this band. And I never will. Because it’s not just a band to me. It’s my life. It’s my family. It’s my world.” The Foo Fighters are known for being one of mainstream rock’s most stable, long-lasting groups. Grohl got the band together in 1994 after he ceased to be Nirvana’s drummer and Kurt Cobain committed suicide.


 Their fans are going to be really depressed

Finishing off our trifecta of bad news this week, the final word came in on a possible Smiths reunion at Coachella. “The Smiths are never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever going to reunite — ever,” said Morrissey’s publicist to Rolling Stone magazine, effectively squelching the buzz that came about after Coachella reportedly offered to go vegetarian if the band reunited for a headlining show. Guitarist Johnny Marr’s manager echoed the sentiment in an interview with NME saying, “It isn’t happening, we are fully focused on preparing Johnny’s new album for release and booking shows for 2013.” Morrissey himself also responded negatively to the reunion rumors, claiming that his solo years have been more meaningful to his audience than the Smiths years—yet the English press only mention him in relation to the Smiths.The quartet has been apart for 25 years now, but Marr and bassist Andy Rourke last appeared on stage together at a Healers concert in 2006.


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