"Plans just kept getting pushed further back and further back."
Pre-COVID, Foo Fighters were gearing up to release their new album, Medicine At Midnight, in the American summer.
Then, when lockdowns commenced and live music came to a halt, the US legends decided to hold off until fall.
And at some point, Foo Fighters got tired of waiting to release their tenth record in the same year that they celebrate their 25th anniversary. Since sharing brand new single, Shame Shame, Foo Fighters have announced Medicine At Midnight will drop on 5 February.
"All through the pandemic we'd have occasional band meetings to discuss what was going on and plans just kept getting pushed further back and further back," lead guitarist Chris Shiflett said when appearing on The Green Room with Neil Griffiths podcast this week.
"I think finally at some point Dave was just like, 'Fuck this. We gotta put this record out."
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Though fans finally got to see the band on stage together on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, Shiflett told podcast host Neil Griffiths they had intended to be doing a lot more for the album release this year before the pandemic.
"Aw man, we had so many plans," he said.
"We were supposed to start touring in like, April, and I think the album was gonna come out in the middle of summer. We would have just been touring and touring and touring and might be on tour right now had things gone according to plan."
Listen to the full The Green Room episode with Foo Fighters on Spotify, Apple Podcasts (below) or wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts.