Foo Fighters have released “Waiting On A War,” the third track preview to their tenth studio album Medicine At Midnight.

Embedded below, the track has a very personal meaning with frontman Dave Grohl explaining in a statement, “As a child growing up in the suburbs of Washington DC, I was always afraid of war. I had nightmares of missiles in the sky and soldiers in my backyard, most likely brought upon by the political tension of the early 1980’s and my proximity to the Nation’s Capitol. My youth was spent under the dark cloud of a hopeless future.”

Grohl’s explanation of the song’s inspiration continued, “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. Everyday 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.”

Medicine at Midnight is due out February 5 and is available for pre-order/pre-save here. Physical copies, including a limited edition purple swirl vinyl version, and exclusive new album merch is available at

Foo Fighters will be performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight (January 14) where they will perform “Waiting On A War.” Think of it as another a fun way to celebrate Dave Grohl’s birthday today besides checking out our funny and entertaining list of his best viral moments.


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