Foo Fighters Member Reveals What Hit Song Generates $5 Million Annual Payment


Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins discussed Queen’s hit song “We Will Rock You” in a new Rolling Stone article.

I’ve heard Brian May makes, like, 5 million a year off that song. There’s your retirement plan: “We Will Rock You.” “I don’t need to do anything this year because I’m going to make 5 million dollars a year off ‘We Will Rock You.'” “Fuck you.” “Really? Go fuck yourself. I’m not going anywhere. I’ve got 5 million dollars for ‘We Will Rock You.'”

I think it’s one of those things you had to believe in it to get it started. Can you imagine coming into the studio with your friends like, “OK, here’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to clap our hands, stomp our feet and be like, ‘boom boom cha’ and chant ‘we will rock you’ over and over. Then I wrote these lyrics like, ‘Boy make a big man some day.'” I guess he’s talking about life, the trajectory of life, I suppose. It doesn’t matter because it says ‘we will rock you’ over and over again. Every fucking football game, baseball game, basketball game they play that motherfucker.”

Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett discussed Foo Fighters’ recent show in Frome, their Glastonbury performance, and the band’s next album in a recent NME interview.

“It was great, the show was really fun,” he told NME. When asked about what it was like to visit the Worthy Farm site, he said: “You get an interesting sense of the size of Glastonbury because it’s completely empty. I can’t wait to see what it looks like full of people and we’re there to compare it.”

He continued: “Can you believe that I’ve never been to Glastonbury – ever? It’s like the one festival that I’ve still never been to, so I’m looking forward to it. I’ve never had the Glastonbury experience.”

“Absolutely we could [play three hours at Glastonbury], you never know!”

He also discussed the band’s next album, with his quote hinting that the band aren’t quite in the studio yet, despite teasing two new songs live in Frome.

“I don’t know what our plans are, but we’ll make a new album when the time is right,” said Shiflett of their next record. “There will be a new Foo Fighters at some point.”

Last year drummer Taylor Hawkins told NME: “We will make a new record at some point. We won’t really be ready until Dave’s ready to go. It’s on the books, so we’ll definitely be playing. We never really know, we just wait for a text from Dave saying ‘hey, let’s go down to the studio.”