Today, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl turns 52! Happy birthday, Dave! To celebrate his birthday, the band have shared their new track “Waiting on a War” from their upcoming album, Medicine at Midnight.
The song is a ballad that starts off with mellow acoustic guitars as Grohl sings “I”ve been waiting on a war since I was young/since I was a little boy with a toy gun.” As the song reaches the end, the tone changes as the electric guitars kick in leading to adrenaline rushing conclusion.
In a statement, Grohl explained the song was inspired by an unexpected conversation he’d had with his daughter:
“Last fall, as I was driving my daughter to school, she turned to me and asked, ‘Daddy, is there going to be a war?’ My heart sank as I realized that she was now living under the same dark cloud that I had felt 40 years ago. I wrote ‘Waiting on a War’ that day. Every day 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.”
Grohl echoed a similar sentiment in a series of tweets where he reflected growing in Washington, D.C. during the Cold War saying “I had nightmares of missiles in the sky and soldiers in my backyard, most likely brought upon by the political tension of the early Eighties and my proximity to the Nation’s Capitol,” Grohl wrote. “My youth was spent under the dark cloud of a hopeless future.”
Listen to “Waiting On a War” below.
Foo Fighters will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight (Jan. 14th) at 11:35 EST/10:35 CST. Their new album Medicine at Midnight drops February 5th.
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) January 14, 2021