"I felt compelled to reach out..."
The rumour mill about Foo Fighters performing a secret set at Glastonbury has been fired up once again after the band posted a new note filled with gratitude for their fans on social media.
The mighty US rockers have just embarked on their first tour dates since the passing of drummer Taylor Hawkins, and they’re currently promoting their excellent new album, But Here We Are. You can read The Music’s album review here.
Addressing the Foos' devoted fans, bandleader Dave Grohl wrote in an open letter:
"It's been a while.....
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"Now that we've returned from our first run of shows, I felt compelled to reach out and thank you all for being there for us."
"Every night, when I see you singing, it makes me sing harder. When I see you screaming, It makes me scream louder. When I see your tears, it brings me to tears. And when I see your joy, it brings me joy. But, I see you... and it feels good to see you, churning-up these emotions together.
"Because we've always done this together.
"Time and again.
"See you soon."
That little “churning-up” has riled up Foo Fighters and Glastonbury fans alike. Last week, the festival timetable was revealed. On the Pyramid Stage, a mystery band called The Churnups is scheduled to perform a 75-minute set before Royal Blood and Arctic Monkeys.
At first, some fans believed that The Churnups was Pulp, with the theory “if you churn something up, it becomes pulp” making waves. However, drummer Nick Banks denied the rumours, writing on Twitter, “Though it’s very tempting to tease you lot again. I know nothing of the ‘ChurnUps’ band. Ok?”
Speculation now points to Foo Fighters. The ChurnUps’ Twitter account has a white header image – But Here We Are? – and a profile photo that features a snippet of Foo Fighters’ well-known logo.
The ChurnUps have also been tweeting, “IS THIS HAPPENING NOW”, “BUT HERE WE ARE”, “YOU MUST RELEASE WHAT YOU HOLD DEAR” (which Foo Fighters also tweeted), and a potential setlist teaser, “MONKEY WRENCH ALONE + EASY TARGET BIG ME I’LL STICK AROUND THIS IS A CALL ENOUGH SPACE EVERLONG”. Is it too obvious or could it be?
As Glasto Fest Feed notes, 2023 marks the 25th anniversary of Foo Fighters’ first-ever performance at the festival, which occurred at the same time on the same day in 1998.
Elsewhere on the Glastonbury line-up, two acts are “TBA” on the Woodsies (previously known as John Peel) stage. There’s another “TBA” slot on The Park stage on Saturday, 24 June. Coincidentally, that’s where Pulp performed a secret set in 2011. You can view the full timetable here.