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Did the Hollywood writers’ strike ruin the big Foo Fighters drummer unveiling?

You can’t blame the Writers Guild of America for going on strike because of how they’ve been royally screwed in the age of streaming. Unfortunately, this has meant a stoppage in production for plenty of TV shows, including late-night programs. And especially Saturday Night Live.

I mean, I was really looking forward to this weekend’s show because Pete Davidson was going to host with Lil Uzi Vert as the musical guest. But there were a few more SNLs to come before the summer break. Jennifer Coolidge was supposed to host one. So was Keiran Culkin. And one of them was supposed to say “Ladies and gentlemen, the Foo Fighters.”

Presumably, once Culkin introduced the band (you’ll see why I picked him in a second), the camera would have panned over to the stage in Studio 8H and as the Foos roared into the new single, “Rescued.” It would be a nice way to build momentum for the new album, But Here We Are, which will be out on June 2. Remember that they did something similar with the Medicine at Midnight album a couple of years ago.

Yep. Rumour has it that they were booked on SNL before the end of this month. And that would have meant seeing the new drummer. At least theoretically.

If there had not been the WGA strike, on what date would have we seen the Foos?

I pick May 20. That is the last weekend before the US Memorial Day Weekend which marks the last SNL of the season. And it’s eight days away from the Succession finale, which is why having Culkin as the guest host makes sense.

And May 20 is also just four days before that first show in New Hampshire. Would that have been the day the band revealed the new drummer? Did this all get ruined because of the writers’ strike?

As I type this, we are 19 days away from the first proper Foo Fighters headliner gig since the death of Taylor Hawkins. There’s still no news about who will play drums for the band going forward. The band has to drop the news soon, right?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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