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Foo Fighters surprise fans by releasing free EP 'Saint Cecilia'

Foo Fighters have surprised fans with a new EP.

The band released the five-track effort 'Saint Cecilia' for free today Monday (November 23).

Writing in a letter on a website for the EP, Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl said the release was meant to be a thank you to fans at the culmination of their world tour.

However, the "tone" of the EP's release has changed following the Paris terror attacks on November 13, which prompted the band to cancel some European tour dates.

Grohl said: "Tonight, Let me begin with a preface to a letter I wrote a few weeks ago from my hotel room in Berlin while on our final tour for this album. I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems...

"The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.

"Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.

"To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done."

Foo Fighters' latest full album 'Sonic Highways' was released in 2014.

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