Dave Grohl has opened up in regards to the importance of women in rock music in a new interview.
Over the years, the Foo Fighters have undoubtedly become one of the most popular rock bands out there, and have often used their power and influence to speak out in regards to important issues such as politics. However, one issue the band had not yet addressed was that of the recent #MeToo movement.
Now, in a recent interview with PBS Newshour, frontman Dave Grohl was asked about the #MeToo movement, the objectification of women, and the role of women in rock music.
“Well, you know, some of my biggest heroes have been women in music,” Dave Grohl noted after being asked whether women have been treated well by rock and roll.
“Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders always, to me, was the most – the strongest, most ferocious of the melodic punk rockers, you know,” he continued. “And, I mean, I look at – I look at some of my favourite new bands now. A band like Starcrawler that’s got this incredibly powerful female lead singer.”
“I think that when I look at Violet and when I look at Harper playing music, I don’t know if they’re at the age where they’d feel like if they’ve – they don’t feel like one of the guys because they’re just playing, you know, and I hope to see a change.”
“In my house, I’ve got a full rock band and they’re all women, and it makes me really happy to see,” he concluded. “It’s really cool.”
Incidentally, Dave Grohl’s comments come just days after Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash admitted that some of his band’s early lyrics were “sort of sexist”.
“I’ve never thought of that. It’s never crossed my mind,” the guitarist explained to Yahoo! Music. “I mean, I think when the #MeToo thing really blew up, the thought crossed my mind of a bunch of musicians, not particular ones, but just musicians [who might be implicated].”
“But for the most part, as far as all the ones I know, it wasn’t like that.”
“We didn’t have that particular [predatory] relationship with girls. It was a lot more the other way around in some cases,” he continued. “Anyway, so some of the songs and all that were sort of sexist in their own way, but not to be taken that seriously. I don’t think they were malicious or anything.”