The Foo Fighters just announced their first concert date for their 2015 tour! In support of their upcoming album, Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl and the gang will be heading to Chicago’s Wrigley Field next August 29th. Sonic Highways contains the same authentic sound that’s come to be expected by the Foo Fighters, who recorded their last album, Wasting Light, in Grohl’s garage to prove that they didn’t need fancy recording equipment to produce quality songs. Sonic Highways has a similar uniqueness in that the Foo Fighters traveled to eight different cities with rich musical histories to record each track: Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. The band has experienced incredible success, but it helps to have a lead singer as singularly awesome as Dave Grohl.
1.) Music God – From Nirvana to the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl has been one of the most successful musicians of the past three decades. Side projects have included supergroup Them Crooked Vultures and heavy metal act Probot, and he’s performed with such bands as Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Iggy Pop, Tom Petty, Tenacious D, Slash, and David Bowie. He is the third wealthiest drummer next to Ringo Starr and Phil Collins despite still not knowing how to read sheet music, learning everything by ear.
2.) LGBT Rights Activist – Grohl was one of the first celebrities to start wearing a white ribbon to support same-sex marriage. On the red carpet for a MusiCares benefit concert he said, “I believe in love and I believe in equality and I believe in marriage equality.” His activism began in the early 90’s with Nirvana when they raised money to fight Oregon Ballot Measure 9, which tried to illegalize gay rights. The ballot was rejected in 1992, and Grohl has been a supporter for the LGBT community ever since.
3.) Concerned World Citizen – When the Australian miners were trapped in the Beaconsfield mine collapse in 2006, Grohl sent a letter saying, “Though I’m halfway around the world right now, my heart is with you both, and I want you to know that when you come home, there’s two tickets to any Foo’s show, anywhere, and two cold beers waiting for you. Deal? Looking forward to sharing them with you. Come home safe, and we’ll see you soon. Dave Grohl.” One of the miners then requested an iPod full of Foo Fighters music, and when he was finally rescued, he joined the Foo Fighters at an acoustic performance at the Sydney Opera House.
4.) Anti-drugs – We all know Grohl’s close friend Kurt Cobain died too young. When you’re in the music industry, it’s especially hard to resist peer pressure. However, Grohl has been very vocal about his stance against substance abuse. In a 2008 interview and a subsequent BBC anti-drug video, he said, “I have never done cocaine, ever in my life. I have never done heroin, I have never done speed…I’ve seen people die. It ain’t easy being young, but that stuff doesn’t make it any easier.”
5.) Documentary Director – In 2013, Grohl produced a rock documentary titled Sound City about the Los Angeles recording studio of the same name. The studio has historical significance in the history of music – it was the location of Nirvana’s recording of Nevermind along as the studio of choice by many other famous musicians like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fleetwood Mac. The film features interviews with many artists such as Tom Petty, Neil Young, John Fogerty, Frank Black, Trent Reznor, Lars Ulrich, and Stevie Nicks, all of whom have ties to Sound City. Dave Grohl is also releasing an upcoming HBO series about other recording studios across the country, which he describes as a “love letter to the history of American music.”
6.) Anti-violence – During the iTunes Festival, Dave Grohl noticed that a man in the crowd was acting violently towards other fans. Stopping mid-song, Grohl yelled, “Who’s that there? Let me see him. Who’s fighting? Let me see him. Hey you in the striped shirt, look at me, look at me… Get the f*** outta my show right now. Get the f*** out.” The man was promptly ejected. Grohl wants dancers at his shows, not fighters.
7.) Good father – There are countless clips of Grohl with his children, whom he obviously loves very much. When interviewed about what keeps him grounded, he responded, “Having children who don’t f***ing care that you’re a rock star. My kids don’t give a s*** if I’m in the Foo Fighters. They’re like, ‘Daddy, I need a smoothie. Now.’ And, I’m like ‘Okay.’” The fact that he can balance being a rock god and having a functional family is proof enough that he’s a real man. His song “Walk,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart and won two Grammys, is about his daughter first learning to walk. Grohl showed the world that you don’t have to write about sex and drugs to make an award-winning, chart-topping hit single.
8.) Statue-Worthy – Grohl’s hometown of Warren Ohio absolutely adores him. There’s a whole alley dedicated to him with mural art that has been deemed “Dave Grohl Alley.” In 2012, the city built a humongous drumsticks statue weighing over 900 lbs. in his honor, which broke the Guinness Book of World Records. As Hollywood Reporter notes, Grohl tweeted, “To the wonderful city of Warren, from the bottom of my heart I’d like to thank you all so much… For the childhood memories. For my family. For my very own alley. For the world’s largest drumsticks! And for all of your support… But most of all for being such a great community. One that makes me proud to say… I am from Warren, Ohio!”
9.) Knows What’s Up – When the Foo Fighters won their Grammy for Best Rock Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards, Grohl gave an important speech about musicianship:
“To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what’s important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do… It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head].”
10.) Feminist – Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, and Grohl decided to bring three women on stage to sing in place of Kurt Cobain – St. Vincent, Joan Jett, and Lorde. In an interview, Grohl said, “We thought, ‘Wait, it has to be all women. Don’t even ask anyone else. If we can fill the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance with these incredible women singing Nirvana songs, then we’ll have achieved our own revolution.’ It also added a whole other dimension to the show. It added substance and depth, so it didn’t turn into a eulogy. It was more about the future.” Although Lorde appeals more to pop music fans than rock fans, Grohl saw huge potential in her. He toldRolling Stone that he was so relieved the first time he heard “Royals” because she provided hope for his kids to grow up in an environment that wasn’t completely superficial. Grohl recognized Joan Jett as a game-changer for women in rock n’ roll and Annie Clark’s undeniable talent, which led him to simultaneously honor both Cobain and women at their acceptance ceremony.
Also, that hair.
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“Something from Nothing” is the first single off of the Foo Fighters’ upcoming album, Sonic Highways. If you want to see it live at the Foo Fighters’ Chicago concert, tickets are on sale at Ticket Liquidator.