Foo Fighters premiere cinematic 'Waiting on a War' video - WATCH

New album 'Medicine at Midnight' is released next month

Foo Fighters' 'Waiting on a War' video
Author: Scott ColothanPublished 19th Jan 2021
Last updated 19th Jan 2021

Foo Fighters have shared the visually striking music video for their latest single ‘Waiting on a War.’

Penned by Foo Fighters lynchpin Dave Grohl, the intensely personal track is inspired by Dave’s fear of impending war when he was growing up in the 1980s and his 11-year-old daughter Harper’s same anxieties today.

The accompanying Paola Kudacki directed video centres on Dave singing the track and features cinematic shots of young people living ostensibly carefree lives; unlike the adults in the video who have paper bags on their heads.

As the song reaches its epic climax, the rest of the Foo Fighters join Dave to belt out the finale with great aplomb.

Watch Foo Fighters’ ‘Waiting on a War’ video:

Commenting on the themes of ‘Waiting on a War’, Dave Grohl says: “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.”

Foo Fighters – ‘Medicine at Midnight’

Following in the footsteps of the barnstorming ‘No Son of Mine’ and the Planet Rock 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.

Produced 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

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