Foo Fighters Release New Song, ‘Waiting on a War,’ Written for Dave Grohl’s Daughter

2021-01-14

Dave Grohl wrote Foo Fighters' new song, "Waiting on a War," following a heartfelt conversation with his daughter, Harper.

Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

Listen to Foo Fighters’ “Waiting on a War,” a song Dave Grohl wrote after having a heartfelt conversation with his daughter, Harper

Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters have debuted “Waiting on a War,” a new song from the band’s upcoming, 10th studio album, “Medicine at Midnight.” The song, which is available for streaming and download now via digital outlets, is a heartfelt one for Grohl, as it written after he had an important conversation with his daughter, Harper. In fact, he says the song was written for Harper and other children worried about the future.

“Last fall, as I was driving my daughter to school, she turned to me and asked, ‘Daddy, is there going to be a war?'” Grohl said in a statement. “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?” he added. “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.”

Foo Fighters released “Waiting on a War” today (Jan. 14), the same day as Grohl’s 52nd birthday. The band will also celebrate the new track and Grohl’s birthday tonight on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” with the band’s first live performance of the song.

“Waiting on a War” marks the third song Foo Fighters have released off “Medicine at Midnight,” following “No Son of Mine” and the album’s first single, “Shame Shame.” On Audio Ink Radio’s year-end lists, “Shame Shame” was named one of our Top 35 Rock and Metal Songs of 2020.

“Medicine at Midnight” features Grohl with Foo Fighters band members Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee. The full album, which Foo Fighters produced with longtime musical colleague Greg Kurstin, will hit stores on Feb. 5.

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