Dave Grohl Explains Why Foo Fighters Have Never Played Super Bowl Halftime Show
With the Foo Fighters' massive popularity and stadium-friendly songs, you'd think it would be a natural fit for them to perform during the Super Bowl halftime show. They haven't. But as Dave Grohl explained, it's not because nobody on either side is against the idea.
“I’ve had multiple conversations over the years with them where they say, ‘We want to have a rock 'n' roll band. Do you think you could do it? Do you think you could do a stadium?'" Grohl recalled during an 2018 interview at Los Angeles radio station KROQ. "I was like, ‘Yeah man, we do it all the time.' We’re like, ‘Oh my God, I think we’re gonna do the Super Bowl!’ And then it’ll be, like, Madonna or Katy Perry or somebody like that.”
After having come so close on several occasions, Grohl may have sunk any future chances when he accidentally revealed some sour grapes to the wrong person one night. “I actually got really hammered at this party in France once and got to meet the dude that does the Super Bowl thing, and I was like, ‘I don’t even want to do the Super Bowl!’” he said. “I used to want to do it. Now I don’t want to do it anymore!’”
From the outside, the 2021 Super Bowl seems like it would have been a natural fit for the Foos. The band's new album, Medicine at Midnight, arrived two days before the big game. It's a milestone of sorts, as the LP marks the tenth studio album of the band's impressive career.
Still, producers in change of the halftime show decided to go another direction: Pop star The Weeknd is headlining the event.