Listen to new Foo Fighters song 'Waiting on a War'

The latest taster of album no.10 'Medicine at Midnight'

Foo Fighters release 'Waiting on a War'
Author: Scott ColothanPublished 14th Jan 2021
Last updated 14th Jan 2021

Foo Fighters have marked Dave Grohl’s 52nd birthday today (14th January) by sharing new ‘Medicine at Midnight’ track ‘Waiting on a War.’

Starting melodic and acoustic driven with lovely orchestral flourishes complimenting Dave’s voice, 'Waiting on a War' soon grows in intensity for the final minute and evolves into a trademark Foo Fighters anthem.

Thematically, the song is very personal to Dave, as he explains: “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 1980’s and my proximity to the Nation’s Capitol. My youth was spent under the dark cloud of a hopeless future.

“Last fall, as I was driving my 11 year old daughter to school, she turned to me and asked, ‘Daddy, is there going to be a war?’ My heart sank in my chest as I looked into her innocent eyes, because I realized that she was now living under that same dark cloud of a hopeless future that I had felt 40 years ago.

“I wrote 'Waiting On a War' that day.

“Everyday waiting for the sky to fall. Is there more to this than that? Is there more to this than just waiting on a war? Because I need more. We all do.

“This song was written for my daughter, Harper, who deserves a future, just as every child does.”

Listen to Foo Fighters’ ‘Waiting on a War’:

Following in the footsteps of the barnstorming ‘No Son of Mine’ and the Absolute Radio playlisted banger ‘Shame Shame’, ‘Waiting on a War’ is the third offshoot from Foo Fighters’ tenth studio album ‘Medicine at Midnight’, which lands on Friday 5th February 2021.

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Prouduced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters, engineered by Darrell Thorp and mixed by Mark “Spike” Stent, 'Medicine at Midnight' packs the following nine songs into 37 minutes:

1) Making a Fire

2) Shame Shame

3) Cloudspotter

4) Waiting on a War

5) Medicine at Midnight

6) No Son of Mine

7) Holding Poison

8) Chasing Birds

9) Love Dies Young

Dave Grohl's legendary career in photos:

Dave Grohl with Nirvana - 1991

Nirvana's Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic in a toilet in 1991. Where else?!

Dave Grohl with Nirvana - 1992

Nirvana's Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic backstage at the MTV Video Awards in 1992

Dave Grohl with Nirvana - 1993

Nirvana perform at MTV Live and Loud in December 1993.

Dave Grohl - 1994

Dave Grohl at Sony Studios in Culver City, California, United States in June 1994 - the year he formed Foo Fighters in the wake of Kurt Cobain's death

Dave Grohl - 1995

Dave Grohl performs in Brixton in November 1995

Dave Grohl - 1996

Dave Grohl performs with the Foo Fighters at Phoenix Festival, Stratford Upon Avon, in 1996

Dave Grohl - 1997

Foo Fighters perform at Tibetan Freedom Concert in New York in 1997.

Dave Grohl - 1998

Just a photo of Dave Grohl with a dolphin on holiday in the Gold Coast, Australia in 1998

Dave Grohl - 1999

Dave Grohl works as a cashier at Tower Records to support their album release in 1999.

Dave Grohl - 2000

Foo Fighters perform at The Bridge School Benefit held in the Shoreline Amphitheater, California. Lovely hat!

Dave Grohl - 2001

The Foo Fighters perform at V Festival in 2001.

Dave Grohl - 2002

Foo Fighters perform at MTV New Year's Eve Pajama Party at the MTV Times Square studios in New York City. December 31, 2002. Nice glasses Dave!

Dave Grohl - 2003

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and wife Jordyn Blum during Spike TV Presents The 2003 GQ Men of the Year Awards

Dave Grohl - 2004

Performing at the Rock in Rio Festival in Lisbon in 2004.

Dave Grohl - 2005

Foo Fighters performing live at Earls Court, London in December 2005.

Foo Fighters - 2006

Foo Fighters pose with Brian May at The O2 Silver Clef Awards in 2006.

Dave Grohl - 2007

Dave Grohl at Britain Live Earth Concert in 2007.

Dave Grohl - 2008

Dave Grohl performs at the pre-Grammy Awards party in 2008

Dave Grohl - 2009

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs on VH1 Storytellers on October 28, 2009

Dave Grohl - 2010

Dave Grohl poses with Glenn Five, Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner of Anvil.

Dave Grohl - 2011

The Foo Fighters perform at Wembley Arena in 2011.

Foo Fighters - 2013

Foo Fighters at the 'Sound City' film premiere, Los Angeles in 2013.

Dave Grohl - 2014

Rami Jaffee, Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear attend the premiere of HBO's "Foo Fighters Sonic Highway", in New York in 2014.

Dave Grohl - 2015

Foo Fighters' Performs at the Music Festival 'Rock Am Ring' in Mendig Germany in 2015.

Dave Grohl - 2016

The Foo Fighters at the Grammy Awards in February 2016.

Dave Grohl - 2017

Foo Fighters storm Glastonbury Festival in 2017

Dave Grohl - 2018

Dave Grohl performing with the Foo Fighters at the Cal Jam 18 Pop-Up Event at the Hollywood Palladium, LA

Dave Grohl on Sesame Street - 2019

Mr Grohl appeared on the 50th anniversary episode of Sesame Street, singing a joyous, rock-tinged tune called 'Here We Go Song' with Big Bird and Elmo as various iconic backdrops from across the USA appeared on the green screen. Of course, Dave is no stranger to Jim Henson's creations as he once had a drum-off with Animal from The Muppets.

The Foo Fighters' tenth album - 2020

In August 2019, drummer Taylor Hawkins confirmed that the Foo's latest album would be coming in 2020, telling RockSound, "From what I've heard from our fearless leader Dave Grohl, he has a lot of demos that he's worked on and I think we'll start, once this tour is over. I think not too soon after that we'll start the process of putting the songs together as a band."

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