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Dave Grohl: In His Own Words | MTV News


– I just play drums I just go out and have fun, and then I play drums, and it's great, you know? And I wouldn't have it any other way

'Cause I mean, you know — I don't wanna sit behind a desk all day – Yeah And it's really – you know, it's kinda – it's a dream come true, as far as that goes, but I just don't really put too much thought into it – And we're going out on a boys' night out! And secret home videos! I'm scared I have a cousin, Tracy, who's two years older than me, and we showed up to the house once, and my aunt answered the door and said, you know, "Oh, they're here, Tracy! Come down

" And she came down the stairs, and she was totally punk, like — bondage pants and chains, and she had her hair cropped, and an Anti-Pasti T-shirt on, and she was punk, and we were like, "Wow!" 'Cause we'd only seen that, like, on Quincy [Street], or whatever, and it was for-real punk, and — so then, she took us to a bunch of shows while we were there, and I think I was about 12 years old – Did it really affect your life when your parents split up? – I, sort of, became more independent early on in life By the time I was maybe 17 or 18, I dropped out of high school and started touring with a hardcore band, Scream And — toured America and toured Europe, and, you know, there was no money, and you're sleeping on floors, and you're stealing food, and you're just getting by playing music, barely – [Interviewer] So, when you took a major label did you take the same kind of shit that maybe Sonic Youth took or something, or — – No, we haven't really caught it

– I mean, everybody crucifies bands when they sign to a major off of an independent because they immediately think, like, "Oh, big sell out! Big cars — big, fast" – Yeah – You know? – Really took a while, like, a year and a half or more until everything had happened, or after everything had happened, that I really realized, like, "Wow! I guess we really did kind of make a difference" So, but you hate to say that kind of stuff because then you feel like a jerk – [Interviewer] You've left — Yeah

– One era of your life behind, you've moved up Is that solid with you? – Well, I mean, you don't lose it I mean, you don't forget about it It doesn't just go away, but it's nice to know that things keep rolling, and that there are other things to look forward to, and all is not lost, you know? – How far back do the songs on the album date? – Some of them go back to 1989, some of them, 1990 So, half of the songs are old, and half of the songs are from, like, '93, '94

You know, I sat in studios, and played and recorded stuff, and heard it in front of me, but feeling it behind you on a stage is so different The first album was just me in the studio down the street from my house This album is gonna be the four of us So there, it will sound different But what we've always — what I've always thought, I've always taken some sort of pride in making sure that every song sounds different than the other

So you've got a song like "I'll Stick Around," Then, you have a song like "Big Me," and you have a song — whatever So, the next album, there'll be a song that sounds like "Purple Rain" I came up with 'There's Nothing Left To Lose' — I was talking to a friend, and we were talking about the feeling that you have when you've made your way through, a long-term burden, you know? Or if you've been committed to something for a really long time and felt restricted by it You get to the point where, instead of torturing yourself over it, you start to, kind of, celebrate it And you think, "You know what? I have nothing to worry about

There's nothing left to lose" And you, kind of, surrender to that feeling And all of a sudden, you feel great – [Interviewer] Joining me, winners of two Grammys already tonight, Foo Fighters — congratulations, gentlemen – Thank you very much

– [Interviewer] Winner for Best Rock Album and Best Short-Form Music Video — was this in the career plan? – Well, I think that we always knew that we were, you know, Grammy-bound, but — – [Interviewer Laughs] – No, I mean, we had no idea It was a great surprise, though None of us really thought we would win anything We just wanted to come and get dressed up – You've recorded, and now, you're touring with Queens of the Stone Age

You've taken the Foo Fighters album and put it back, it was supposed to be out in July, I think? Put it back 'til fall First of all, why Queens of the Stone Age? When did you become aware of that? – They had this band called Kyuss Well, the funny thing is that the future of grunge music is now evolving from Palm Springs, California A band called Kyuss, K-Y-U-S-S, which is the album of 1992 It's called 'Blues For The Red Sun

' Josh and Nick, the guitar player and bass player, started a band called Queens of the Stone Age And they asked me to play drums on their new record, and I said, "Sure!" And I just thought, "God Here, I'm fortunate enough to have the ability to do these two things I can play the drums, and I can also play guitar and sing, kinda, in this other band" And, you know, just to be able to exercise that option – – It's great, man! – Life really is good

– It's great Who wouldn't wanna do that? We kinda go day by day, you know? There are times where everyone's so burned out, you're like, "Nah, I don't wanna do this again" Like, "We've been touring so hard, I don't really wanna do" — and then, like, two days later, you can't wait to get back out on stage, or get back out on tour, and you just kinda roll with how things feel, you know? And you kinda make albums as if each one is your last, you know? You don't really see it as this big career We've never really seen it as a career I mean, it started as a demo tape

It wasn't like a — this ambitious career move The whole Probot thing started out about a year ago We — Foo Fighters were doing all this promotional stuff as our album was coming out, and we were going on TV shows, and playing "Learn To Fly," and then doing "Learn To Fly" acoustic, and radio stations — then little morning rush shows, and we were just — everything was just focused on "Learn To Fly" So I was just kinda itching to record something that I was really excited about And I love the Foo Fighters record, but there's a part of me that — I've always been kinda this metalhead kid, when I first started listening to hardcore

I think it was right before we went to go record 'One By One,' which was the last record — that's when it sorta seemed questionable Like, you know — "Have we expired yet? Or should we keep going?" And we actually had a little bit of trouble making that record We did it once, threw it away, and then, came back and recorded it again, really quickly But that record, and all of the shows that we played for that record, all the tours we did, really kinda solidified the band, in a way Just that we went out on all of these tours, and they were the biggest shows we'd ever done, and the biggest audiences, and sing-alongs, and — and that really made us realize that it was something we didn't wanna do without

Like, the first song on the rock record is insane! It's like Motorhead, or something like that It's super heavy And then, on the acoustic record, there's some songs that are really quiet, and gentle, and delicate, and beautiful, and — so, it really shows this wide range of sound – I usually don't start with, like, personal stuff, but you're a dad, so congratulations on that – I'm a dad, thank you

Yeah, so every day, 6:30 in the morning — Yeah? – New diaper, breakfast, read, Elmo – [Laughs] – Nap, get her up, put her in her day clothes, hang out, lunch, go to the studio – And does that make being away that much tougher? – Oh yeah – The prospect of being away for this new record, you know? – For sure It really is about trying to balance the two things in your life

I mean, that's the most important thing to me I love making rock and roll music, but the most important thing to me is my family So, you have to learn how to balance the two and make them work together, in order for it to work You know, we're a real simple band, like, we really don't need much – Mhm

– We started this band because we love playing music, and we just wanted to have a good time And so, you know — then, all of a sudden, you sell a million records It's like, "Oh my god! I can't believe that just happened, that's incredible How can it get any better than that?" And then, the next record comes out It's even bigger, and the shows start getting bigger

Then, you start selling out arenas Then, you start selling out stadiums – Yeah – And it's 10 years later, and you're like, "Man, there is no way it can get any better than it's already been" And it just keeps getting — and so, then, you get nominated for Album of the Year, and you're just like — you can't even believe it

What we do can be very temporary Things like this aren't meant to last forever, and — I don't know We just do it one album at a time, and you make a record, and you think, "You know what? If that's the last record, I'm cool, 'cause, like, what an awesome run That was great" But, you know, it doesn't keep you from making another one

You keep going If you really, deep down, never expected any of this to happen, then when it actually happens, you just kinda look at it as a joke, kind of Like, it's pretty funny when you think about it You know, like — "Why should I be sitting here doing an interview for — like, why would kids wanna sit here and listen to me talk about playing music?" You know? I mean, it's really flattering, and it's really great, but — and it's quite an experience, but, I mean, it just seems like, you know, it's just show business, sometimes, to me

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