Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl took time out to talk about his second Rock Hall induction, when the Foos enters the Hall on Saturday, October 30th at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. This year’s class marks the second respective inductions for both Dave Grohl and the legendary Tina Turner.
Coming six years after he was first inducted with Nirvana, Grohl talked about it being more of a celebration this time around, telling Rolling Stone: “Nirvana’s induction was obviously bittersweet. But we were honored to be there, mostly to honor Kurt (Cobain)’s amazing music. This will be a different vibe, for sure.”
He went on to say of the Foos’ history, “If there’s one common thread that’s run through the last 25 years of being in this band, it’s that everything just falls in our laps. It really does, like having the band begin with a simple demo tape, which was finished right around the time Sunny Day Real Estate was breaking up, and Pat Smear hearing the tape and offering his service.”
Grohl credits the band’s success on pretty much staying independent of the big time machinery that boxes in so many bands: “It’s funny. There’s never been a boardroom full of people discussing any career direction or decision. It’s the same f***in’ eight people for 25 years that follow our gut instincts. If it doesn’t feel right, we just don’t do it. It can be something as ridiculous as a music video or something as important as knowing when to say no. . . We’re blissfully unaware of a lot of what’s going on in the industry and popular music because we built this little fortress around us where we have our own studio and our friends produce our records.”
Grohl went on to say the band is more than ramped up and itching for the chance to hit the road again: “Oh, yeah! We’ve been getting together for the past six or seven months, rehearsing and playing and recording and filming. We’re ready to go. . . It was finally being able to share it with people again. We’ve been playing for our road crew for the past six months. I’m so f***in’ sick of it.”
Dave Grohl told us a while back about the Foos Fighters’ growth as a live act: “The first tour we did, we were playing to maybe, I don’t know, 500 people a night or something like that, y’know? And then that turned into doing theaters and so you get to that stage where you’re playing to 1,200 people and you’re like, ‘Man, I could do this for the rest of my life, this is great.’ And then you get to the point where you’re playing to like 5,000 people a night, and then you start selling out arenas and you’re like, ‘God, I can’t believe that we’ve gotten to this point.’ And then you start selling out stadiums, and it just keeps on getting better, y’know?”