Update 5/10: We have received a prompt confirmation from Metal Hammer that a Blabbermouth.net story was correct in citing Metal Hammer as the source of Dave Grohl’s open letter to Metallica. Grohl’s letter appeared in a recent issue (#179) of Metal Hammer’s print magazine. The story that was removed from Metal Hammer’s website incorrectly cited Blabbermouth and will be re-posted soon.
Here’s the open letter to Metallica by Foo Fighters frontman and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl:
Hey, it’s Dave! Remember me? Yeah, I’m the guy that’s been listening to your band faithfully since 1983. I bought your first album ‘Kill ‘Em All’ from a mailorder catalogue called Under The Rainbow, I think. Actually I can’t remember. It was 1983 for Christsakes! But that album changed my life and I’ve been listening to your albums ever since (even ‘St Anger’!).
I can’t wait to hear the new shit, and no matter what you guys do I’ll always be first one at the shop waiting to hear it. I’m sure you’ll come out and blow everybody’s fuckin’ minds, because you’re fuckin’ METALLICA!
Good luck. And don’t release it until it’s kick-ass.
Yours, Dave Grohl.
P.S. Are you finished recording the drums yet?
[End of Update 5/10]
Music news sites have published an “open letter to Metallica” reportedly written by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.
But in researching the story, TheMusic.FM finds the origin of the letter to be uncertain as two main sources–metal music news sites Blabbermouth and Metal Hammer–claim each other as a source.
How can we begin to track where the letter came from?
Stories printing the letter from NME, Contactmusic.com, Stereogum, Prefix Mag and other music news sites cite a Blabbermouth.net story as their source.
What’s the problem with that?
Blabbermouth cites UK metal news site Metal Hammer as the source and links to its home page.
What’s the problem with that?
Although Metal Hammer’s story has been mysteriously removed from its site, Google’s cached copy of the story, which was published after the one by Blabbermouth, shows that Metal Hammer cited Blabbermouth as its source. (Here is a screenshot.
How could Blabbermouth cite Metal Hammer if Blabbermouth published first?
Blabbermouth edited its post to add the Metal Hammer citation. Google’s cached copy of the Blabbermouth story recorded May 8 at 3:55 p.m. Eastern (the day it was originally posted) does not include a citation at all. (Here is a screenshot.) The Metal Hammer story was published more than 13 hours after Google stored that Blabbermouth piece.
Update 5/11: Blabbermouth has informed us that they first got the text from a Foo Fighter’s fan site which had not cited Metal Hammer. [End update 5/11]
To reiterate in a time line:
- 5/8 before 3:55 p.m. EST – Blabbermouth posts Grohl’s “open letter” citing no source.
- 5/9 about 5:15 a.m. EST – Metal Hammer posts Grohl’s “open letter” citing Blabbermouth.
- Presumably 5/9 (but possibly sooner) – Blabbermouth adds citation: “via Metal Hammer.”
- Between posting and midnight EST 5/9 – Metal Hammer removes story–no longer on site or in feed.
So what’s next?
Blabbermouth should explain its source. If Blabbermouth will stand by its Metal Hammer citation, Metal Hammer should explain its source. News sources should not publish this letter as fact until its source is no longer in doubt. Meanwhile, the Foo Fighters’ blog at FooFightersBlog.com is currently down, but its last post was made from Perth, Australia on April 23. No relevant news items have been posted to FooFighters.com.
We have contacted both Blabbermouth.net and Metal Hammer to ask for an explanation or clarification on this story and will update this page with any new information.