Dave Grohl Reveals Foo Fighters Were Dissed By Emmy Organizers

The “Sonic Highways” rockers were supposed to play last night.  

Dave Grohl says Emmy organizers threw a “Monkey Wrench” into the Foo Fighters‘ plans to perform on the TV awards show by pulling the plug on their big gig.

“You know what, we were supposed to play the Emmys, and we were gonna play on the Emmys, and then they kicked us off,” Grohl told TMZ in a video posted this morning. When asked the reason for the cancellation, the singer said, “I can’t tell you. Do your research, but they did.”

A source close to the Foo Fighters blamed Fox for not letting the band play an entire song during the show. 

“The band and the Academy were extremely happy and excited to have Foo Fighters play as the first ever rock band on the Emmys,” the insider told Maxim. “Fox then refused to allow the band to play a full song from the Emmy-winning Sonic Highways. That is why the band decided not to perform.”

The Foo flap comes hot on the heels of Grohl’s excellent music documentary series, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, winning two Creative Arts Emmys earlier this month.

The series, which followed the Foos recording a record—and paying tribute to underground music scenes in eight cities across America—won Emmys for sound mixing and sound editing, ironically beating out HBO’s acclaimed documentary about Grohl’s Nirvana bandmate, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. 

Meanwhile, Grohl and co. are reportedly already gearing up to film a second season of Sonic Highways overseas.

The Foos frontman told British music site NME that the second season “might or might not be international…It might only be in England. It might be in England and other places.”

“The great thing about the idea, the concept of the project, is that it can be anywhere because every city has some sort of musical history, but I don’t know. Of all places in the world, England and the UK just seems like it would be shooting fish in a barrel. There’s just so fucking much here.”