With a new album in the works and run of European headline dates locked down, it’s safe to assume Foo Fighters will return to Australia in the foreseeable future, but contrary to recent rumours, that might not be as soon as some had hoped.

Speaking with The Music about his new solo record, guitarist Chris Shiflett said reports earlier this month about a Foos Aussie tour were taken out of context.

“I actually got asked by a journalist down in Australia a couple of weeks ago what our plans were, if we have any plans to tour Australia,” Shiflett said.

“What I said was, ‘I don’t know anything, you’ll probably know before me.’ And what they printed was, ‘Foo Fighters Guitar Player Confirms Australian Tour.’

“It was crazy – they literally printed the exact opposite of what I said, which was pretty funny.”

The US rock heroes broke their yearlong hiatus last month, performing a surprise gig at Somerset in the UK, during which they previewed two new songs.

Foo Fighters last Aussie visit was in 2015 during the Sonic Highways world tour.

Chris Shiflett’s third studio album, West Coast Town, is out April 14 via SideOneDummy Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia.