One of the most beloved musicians in rock music, Dave Grohl, has admitted to feeling “ashamed” of Donald Trump when touring internationally.
In a new interview for an upcoming issue of GQ, Dave Grohl offered his opinion on the United States’ controversial President, explaining that his ability to tour the world has offered him a rare insight into just how America compares to the rest of the world.
“The American Dream was still tangible, still desirable. Today, the American Dream is broken,” he explained. “I’ve probably travelled internationally more than our current president and the one thing I understand that he doesn’t is that the world isn’t as big as you think it is. It is all in your neighbourhood. India, Asia, Iceland aren’t other solar systems.”
“I am ashamed of our president. I feel apologetic for it when I travel.”
“Listen, who cares what I think about guns or religion, but the thing about Trump that stings the most is this: he just seems like a massive jerk,” Grohl continued. “I know a lot of wonderful people who don’t share my politics and you can bet tomorrow night in the stadium not everyone will share the same opinion or hold the same views.”
“But when I sing ‘My Hero’ they will all sing it with me. In the three hours that I am on stage, none of that matters.”
However, Grohl’s interview with GQ wasn’t all politics, with the Foo Fighters frontman also touching upon his time in Nirvana back in the day.
“Nirvana, for me, was a personal revolution, I was 21. You remember being 21? You think you know it all. But you don’t. I thought I knew everything,” he explained. “And being in Nirvana showed me how little I really knew. They were some of the greatest highs of my life, but also, of course, one of the biggest lows.”
“Those experiences became a footing or a foundation on how to survive. For years I couldn’t even listen to any music, let alone a Nirvana song,” he continued. “When Kurt died, every time the radio came on, it broke my heart. I don’t put Nirvana records on, no. Although they are always on somewhere. I get in the car, they’re on. I go into a shop, they’re on. For me, it’s so personal. I remember everything about those records; I remember the shorts I was wearing when we recorded them or that it snowed that day.”
“Still, I go back and find new meanings to Kurt’s lyrics. Not to seem revisionist, but there are times when it hits me. You go, ‘Wow, I didn’t realise he was feeling that way at the time.'”