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Grohl Puts Foos On Hold, Returns To Drumkit With Queens

Work on the Foo Fighters’ new album has been put to rest while frontman Dave Grohl plays drums for Queens of the Stone Age.

“After four months, three studios and who knows how many foosball games, we decided to take a break from it,” Grohl wrote in a post on the Foo Fighters’ official Web site. “We thought it might be a good idea to sit back and chill out a little bit. I mean, I can’t wait to release this stuff, it’s really kick-ass, but I think we’re going to relax… [and] record some more.”

The band had several songs recorded and some mixed for the follow-up to 1999’s There Is Nothing Left to Lose, which was expected to be released in late spring/early summer before the pause button was pressed, according to the Foos’ publicist. The release date has been bumped to September.

While he’s away from his bandmates, it won’t be all Spanish classes, sleeping late and Swedish meatballs, as Grohl alleges in his post. The former Nirvana drummer is expected to return to the kit for a summer tour with stoner rockers Queens of the Stone Age, though an itinerary has yet to be confirmed. Grohl, who has a starring role in Tenacious D’s new video for “Tribute,” appears on all but one track on the Queens’ forthcoming third album, Songs for the Deaf.

He’ll also perform double duty at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which takes place April 27 and 28 in Indio, California. Both the Queens and Foos are on the bill. In his post, Grohl promised that Foos would premiere new material at the show.