Watch Foo Fighters Reminisce Over the Past 25 Years (and Roast Themselves) in New ‘Times Like Those’ Video

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2020 was supposed to be a big year for the Foo Fighters — it marked the 25th anniversary of when Dave Grohl officially launched his post-Nirvana band with a self-titled debut album, after all.

The COVID-19 pandemic, as it’s done to everything, ruined the band’s plans for global domination, celebration, touring and the like, but the Foos have found ways to keep certain methods of celebrating alive. The latest is Times Like Those, a “25-year visual journey” that finds Grohl, drummer Taylor Hawkins, guitarist Chris Shiflett, bassist Nate Mendel, guitarist Pat Smear and percussionist Rami Jaffee reminiscing over a slide show of images from the band’s existence.

Naturally, given the Foo Fighters’ brand of dad jokes and humor, the whole thing is filled with amusing stories and poking fun at each other, and the video plays like an episode of the classic Mystery Science Theater 3000 of yesteryear.

It even has a Star Wars-inspired pre-roll, which reads:

Episode 1: Times Like Those

Foo Fighters have been running around the world playing music, making records, shooting videos, and doing interviews and photo shoots for over 25 years … until March, when we, along with the rest of the world, were politely asked to sit still, take a breath and shut the hell up for a few months.

Undaunted, we did what so many others have done throughout this collective pause and made the most of the silence, sitting down together and using this time for contemplation, growth, and an honest assessment of who we are as seen through the lens of who we’ve been, the bad fashion decisions, questionable facial hair, and, to be fair, a pretty respectable collection of guitars. All of it.

We’re taking a look through some incredible times, though, as a freeway in a snowstorm, an ill-timed pause in the flow of traffic is just asking for a pile-up, and it ain’t always easy to be hit in the back of your head by the past. 

So, we ask you to crane your neck, and join us in taking a look at what taking a look looks like … or something. 

This funny little video comes on the heels of a burst of activity from the Foo Fighters centered around their new album, Medicine at Midnight, which will be released on Feb. 5, 2021.

Click here to pre-order Medicine at Midnight from our Rock Cellar Store.

The band shared a new song, “Shame Shame,” premiering it on SNL and following that up with a heavily stylized music video directed by Paola Kudacki and co-starring Sofia Boutella and Dave Grohl himself, a black-and-white rendering of a recurring dream Grohl’s had since childhood:

Last week, the band played the song on Colbert:

Per a press release: “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 a tight-ass 37 minutes.”

Here’s its track listing:

  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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