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Are Foo Fighters teasing new music on social media?

'Are you thinking what I'm thinking', comes the cryptic question posed on social media

By Joe Goggins

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performs live
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl performing live (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Foo Fighters appear to be teasing new music on social media, with a mysterious 13-second clip having surfaced.

In the video, posted this afternoon (April 12), the words “are you thinking what I’m thinking?” appear faintly against a white background, as what would appear to be fresh music plays in the background. Front and centre is a signature Foos riff, over thumping percussion.

If confirmed, the new track would be the first to be released by the band since drummer Taylor Hawkins died at the age of 50 in Bogota, Colombia, as the group were on a South American tour. It is unclear whether unreleased material featuring Hawkins’ playing exists; the drums on the new track could be his, or possibly those of Omar Hakim, who was one of many drummers to play with Foo Fighters at the tribute shows to Hawkins last September.

Since, speculation has suggested that Hakim may sit in for Hawkins full-time, although reports last month indicated that Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam, a close friend of Hawkins’, and Atom Willard may be in line to drum for Foo Fighters when they return to the road in May for their first shows proper since the loss of Hawkins.

Willard has drummed with Against Me! and Angels & Airwaves previously; a source told The Sun that Cameron and Willard will rotate duties when Foo Fighters he head out for a summer of shows in North America, Europe and Japan from May onwards. “Primarily it will be Matt but Atom will be on rotation with him,” the source said. “They have both been rehearsing at Studio 606, the Foos’ studio. The final arrangements are being put in place but it’s looking very likely that Matt will be playing those gigs across the US in summer.”

Last September, Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee played together for the first time since Hawkins’ death when they headlined two massive tribute gigs at Wembley Stadium in London and The Forum in Los Angeles. Guests across the two shows included Liam Gallagher, Alanis Morisette, the surviving members of Rush, Paul McCartney and Miley Cyrus.