Home, For Now – A Break

December 15, 2017 — Chad Butler

Home, For Now - A Break


This year we celebrated our 20th year as Switchfoot, and we are so very thankful for all of you who have shared this journey with us.  It has been an honor to be YOUR band. These are YOUR songs, not just our own. Thank you. Truly. You have no idea how much you’ve inspired us through the years.

As you read this, we are home in San Diego with our families, and we are so grateful to be here for the holidays!  As this year ends, we’re entering into a new season, a season of home. For the first time in twenty years, we are taking an extended break.

We’re embracing this new season with open arms and excitement, strengthening the roots that have made us who we are.

We are brothers, sons, husbands, fathers, and for now, we are home.

We do have a few shows already scheduled for next year that we will play but beyond that we will be off the road for the foreseeable future… This hiatus is a celebration of where we’ve been together. Thank you for being such a huge part of our journey.

We love you all.

Still learning to breathe, and live it well,

Jon, Tim, Chad, Drew & Jerome

Categories: Journal

  • Andy Gardner

    Sitting in the San Diego airport waiting to go home myself and just walked by your guitars and BroAm display on the wall. Thank you for all you do! Get some rest!

  • Amanda Bowden

    Wow! A brave choice, and it will be humbly honored by your loyal fans! Thank you for sharing yourselves selflessly for the past 20 years!!!! You have been an inspiration and light in the lives of so many… your “good works” will out live you all and shine on! May God bless you all and make each day yet another opportunity to be the light in the lives of your loved ones. Peace He gives you!

  • Christi Johnson

    So incredibly thankful for you guys. Your music has been a part of my life for as long as I’ve been listening to music. Glad I’ve gotten to see & witness you guys change the world one song at a time. Enjoy this time with your families. I’m so happy that you are doing this! And when you come back, I’ll be standing in line!

  • Andrew Henstra

    A well deserved break guys! Enjoy your families and have a restful, blessed year! Peace, health and prosperity to you all. (It goes without saying that BroAm will happen in 2018!)

  • Andrea Barr

    Definitely a well deserved break. After watching Fading West, it is obvious you are in difficult spot, torn between loving making music and bringing people together, inspiring those who need it around the U.S. and world, and being the loving, caring husbands and fathers that your family needs. I’ll miss the concerts selfishly but hope to catch you someday when I get to San Diego. Merry Christmas!

  • Crystal Wetherington Heck

    Happy for you all!! You deserve this! We will miss you being out there. But please know your FAMS support your decisions!! May you be refreshed!!! God Bless!!
    Crystal Heck

  • Paula Jung

    i’m not crying u are

  • Yani

    you deserve this!!.. I’m just super sad because I’ve never had the pleasure to see you on stage!.. this is heartbroken for me, because I’ve never had the chance to see you play!!.. and you are my favorite band since I was 10 years old!!.. I love you so much and thanks for your inspirational songs!.. to live it well!! 😀

  • Courtney Bellot

    Love you all so much! Thank you for pouring yourselves out for so many. I’m so glad we have your incredible music, and the stories that you’ve shared with us. And I’m very happy for you and for your families, may your time be one of many blessings and refreshment as you take a well deserved hiatus with your loved ones. Merry Christmas, and God bless you mí amigos!!

  • Jen Hella Ratty Lum

    We will be celebrating your rest and waiting for your eventual return to the studio. Breathe

  • Tomek Nichczyński

    always felt like every song you’ve written is a part of me. I believe
    in your songs with every ounce of me. Last year I lost home in fire. Me and my father somehow got out and survived. Luckily, we were the only ones at home that night. Just want to say that I am thankful for your music because it helped me get through the hardest times in my life. And I know that the truth is what remained, the truth is what we saved because we fought for what we loved.

    Maybe someday I’ll listen to you in the corner of a concert hall and I’ll whisper ‘thank you’ with a spark in my eyes, because thanks to you, I realized that Love alone is worth the fight.

    This is what I found in the ashes…

    God Bless you.

  • Marc Conenna

    ENJOY your time off!!!!!! So grateful for Switchfoot and for making music that Changes Lives! I can speak from experience… I was born a skate-surf-snowboarder and bonafide waterman and was also a wayward son for a long time….. coming to your concert in Huntington NY definitely played huge part in MY CHOICE to choose JESUS CHRIST as my Lord and Savior! Watching you do what you do filled me with a passion and gave me permission to pursue life in a similar way that you have..! Thank you all and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your beautiful families..!!!

  • Steve Pruitt

    Been a fan from the beginning… Your music has bee like the soundtrack to my adult life!

    Glad you guys are on My calendar this year! Will make it that much sweeter when we have you out “Deep in the Heart of Texas” for Rock the Desert 2017!

    Rest well earned… enjoy home and the privilege to be present!

    Midland, TX

  • Talita Fernandes

    Thank you Switchfoot, for your songs that were often the best words I could hear, thank you for exiting and I was very grateful to have met you. May God greatly bless each one of you, happiness and success in this phase of your life.

  • Bryan

    Please let this be just a temporary breather. I really enjoy your music but more importantly I have a 13-year old daughter who loves your music. In her words, “Switchfoot – they just *get* me.”

    I’ve been watching your touring to jump on the next chance you’re near central Alabama and take both of my kids. So I hope that after you’ve taken time to rest and restore, you’ll be back at it. Don’t let a 13-year old girl down! 😉

  • Laura

    You all deserve a break! Amen! 20 years on the road is impressive and exhausting I’m sure. I have been a fan for over 15 years and I lost track of how many times I’ve seen you in concert after 10 times. I live in MN but I even got to see you play Hello Hurricane from start to finish at a show in Sydney. Relax and recharge, my friends. You deserve it. Just please at some point do one at least one final show/tour. No matter where you last show ever is, I’ll be there 🙂 Love you guys! Thanks for everything!!!!! Your impact is far greater than you know.

  • Ryan Baker

    Um, I;m hoping the heavy metal thing is just y’all having some fun. Right?

  • GaryInPB

    Nothing like taking a break to recharge the batteries, and be inspired with new songs! Knowing that….. I can’t wait to see what amazing creations Switchfoot will come up with next!!! Enjoy your time with family, and, in the water boys!

  • you’ve gotta do,what’s right for you. rest.

  • Carlos Tatsch

    we will be right here waiting for you guys.. love U!

  • Julie MacFadden

    Dear Jon, Tim, Chad, Drew & Jerome,
    Your music has meant a lot to my sons and me over the years. Thank you for being such an encouragement. God Bless you and your families.

  • Johnny K. Tall

    I’m happy to hear you guys are taking some time. I don’t know why (maybe i do), but you have been on my heart for the last year or more. I pray for you. Your music has inspired me and so many others. Your last 3 albums in particular have touched me profoundly, as i hear snippets of The Truth, stories of despair met with Hope, and just some good old fashioned rock and roll. Your music has encouraged me to get back to The Way and start allowing my wounds to shine, and Hope to be my anthem. I have been a fan for nearly 20 years, and you’ve become my all-time-favorite band. Each album is better than the last. I pray that this hiatus brings you new-found joy, peace, quiet, and inspires at least 10 more albums.
    Psalm 46:10

  • Louis Wilson

    Switchfoot you guys are the best!!!! I am happy to be a fan of your music because it is genuine and it speaks to the heart!!! It is real and has so much meaning!!! Someday I will see you guys live. Thank you for the music!!!

  • Nancy N

    Dear Jon, Drew, Chad Tim & Jerome

    Congratulations for this well deserved season of rest. It is only in the past month that I have come to appreciate you as a band. The beginning of the year I decided to make another attempt to honestly give my life to the Lord. I heard your song with Lauren Daigle on Youtube, the acoustic version of, “I Won’t Let You Go” and I had to learn the lyrics immediately. Like a school girl, I have had your song on repeat for much of my 40 min commute for well over 3 weeks now, and most times it opens the floodgate of tears. This song speaks EXACTLY to my struggle in walking with Christ and through your amazing musicality I was finally able to name it and begin to move through it. Thank you so much.

    Enjoy this season of your lives, for you and your families deserve it. The beauty of music is that your work transcends time and space, so every lyric you have set down continues to serve the Lord and lead people to Christ.

  • Todd Ver Hage

    Great idea guys. Hope your enjoying your time off but if you aren’t coming to us then we will come to see you. See you at BroAm!


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