The Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform for the first time ever at this year's Emmy Awards, but apparently pulled out when they were not allowed to play an entire song.

"We were supposed to play on the Emmys," Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl tells TMZ, "and we were gonna play on the Emmys, and then they kicked us off."

The band, in a subsequent statement to Rolling Stone, confirmed that they were were approached by the Television Academy about appearing on the Sunday (Sept. 20) broadcast. Things reportedly broke down when Fox told them they'd have to edit their performance. Neither Fox nor the Television Academy has yet commented.

"The band and the Academy were extremely happy and excited to have Foo Fighters play as the first ever rock band on the Emmys," the band said. "Fox then refused to allow the band to play a full song from the Emmy-winning Sonic Highways. That is why the band decided not to perform."

Sonic Highways nominated for a total of four Emmys, but came up short to Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and to Going Clear, the Scientology documentary. "Seattle," from the their HBO docuseries, won a pair of trophies at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards earlier this month in Los Angeles.

Foo Fighters' North American tour continues through October. They then head to Europe, with dates in Spain, Italy and Franch scheduled through November.

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