Where is rock n’ roll? What music do you hear on the radio these days that you’d classify as rock n’ roll? I have a hard time classifying anything that comes from my car stereo these days, mainly because there are just too many elements that go into that singular sound emanating from your radio. There’s an r n’ b hook with a reggaeton beat and a funk bass line with some whirling classic rock keys. What is that? I don’t know. Most of it hurts my senses.
What I do know is that there’s a guy still leading the charge on the war against beat machines and the auto tune army. He goes by the name of Dave Grohl.
Most people know his back story, iconic drummer for the legendary ‘Nirvana’ and front man for rock-gods ‘The Foo Fighters’. Also he has a list of about 1000 side projects that are 100x better than any shit anyone else can come up with including ‘Queens of the Stone Age’ and ‘Them Crooked Vultures.’ But he has managed to transcend into the mainstream and remain in the spotlight for almost 20 years as a rocker. People know his name as a drummer, they know his name as a guitarist and as a singer. Fuck, they know his name from being playing the Devil in Tenacious D’s “The Pick of Destiny.” His lyrics are honest, his guitar playing is hard and his voice growls like a black t-shirt wearing bear. He is rock n roll.
I want to be friends with Dave Grohl. He cracks jokes on stage, is constantly snapping his gum and usually has a red solo cup full of beer next to him. He is the body of rock n roll. From his mop of a hair to obscure tattoos and unkempt beard, the man has the look and the music to back up anything he says. Here’s some of my favorite Foo/Dave Grohl videos. Enjoy:
“Everlong” might be the best song Grohl has written. An amazing hard rock love song that can’t be classified as a ballad because if you couldn’t hear the words you’d think you’d be headbanging just as hard. Here Dave goes solo for the first 3/4 of the song in the middle of the 90,000 seat Wembley Arena where Foo Fighters sold out two consecutive shows. Rock.
I think people forget how long the Foo has been around. Heres “My Hero” circa 1995, only one year after the death of Kurt Cobain and the official end of Nirvana. I think it’s a little known fact that the first Foo Fighter album was recorded by Dave alone, he layered all the instruments on top of each other. It was the first music Grohl had made since the death of his former lead singer and turned into one of the biggest rock bands of all time. Love this video. Let’s put the band in a burning house and have a dude run in and save a bunch of shit. Hence, My Hero.
Here’s a little behind the scene footage of Mr. Grohl during the recording of the “Them Crooked Vultures” album. If you haven’t listened to them, stop what you’re doing and make it happen. I’m sure at some point I’ll be writing about them, cause they bloweth the mind. Just a funny video showcasing the normalness/humor of america’s greatest rock n’ roller.