Foo Fighters dedicate album to victims of Paris attacks

NEW YORK • Foo Fighters on Monday released a free mini-album dedicated to the victims of the Paris attacks as the rockers hinted they were finished for now.

The band, born out of the ashes of Nirvana, made available online an EP titled Saint Cecilia, an allusion to the patron saint of music.

Frontman Dave Grohl, 46, said the EP - recorded in Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, Texas - was originally designed as "a celebration of life and music" to mark the end of the group's global tour.

"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," he wrote in a letter to announce the EP. "To remind us that music is life and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away."

He also released a longer letter in which he indicated to fans not to expect more music soon.

While describing the last tour as a highlight of his career, he wrote: "You get that feeling that, if you're not careful, you'll run out of bread crumbs to find your way home and be lost in the woods forever. We could keep going. After all, we'd made it this far, right? What's another 20 years?"

But he said that "all good things must come to an end".

The band's tour had been due to end this month with dates in Europe including Paris. But it ended early after the attacks.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 25, 2015, with the headline 'Foo Fighters dedicate album to victims of Paris attacks'. Print Edition | Subscribe