At midnight on Sunday night (November 22nd), the countdown clock on the Foo Fighters website hit zero and the band made a new five-song EP titled St. Cecilia available as a free download, with a vinyl version available for pre-order. The EP, recorded at Austin, Texas' Saint Cecilia Hotel during the Austin City Limits festival's two weekends, was dedicated in part to the victims of the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris, an event which also caused the Foos to cut their European tour short.
In a new foreword to a lengthy letter to fans that he initially wrote on November 8th and posted along with the EP, Foos main man Dave Grohl said that the EP was meant to be an end-of-tour thank-you gift, but that the Paris tragedy changed things. He wrote, "I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone."
Grohl continued, "Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world . . . To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done."
- The main body of Grohl's letter delves into the history of the Sonic Highways album and HBO series, his leg injury last summer and other matters, while hinting throughout that the Foos are about to begin a long hiatus.
- At one point Grohl writes, "Maybe these songs are the bread crumbs that will help us find our way back when it’s time. We could use a nice wander through the woods right about now . . . I can’t help but wonder when we will see each other again. Who knows? But, with everything Foo Fighter-related, it will only be when it feels right."
- Grohl told us a while back that the Foos take care not to overwork themselves: "We have a way of doing this that we've always done. We try to keep things very simple. We try to do it as much as we can without burning it out, and if it gets to the point where we're, where we don't enjoy it, we just sort of stop. That's what's kept us around this long and we can always say, 'Nope, stop.'"
- The track list for St. Cecilia includes the title track, "Sean," "Savior Breath," "Iron Rooster" and "The Neverending Sigh."
- Although there have been rumors of a second season for Sonic Highways, neither Grohl nor HBO has officially announced it yet.