Dave Grohl joined Bill Simmons to chat about Grohl’s directorial work, the background of Foo Fighters’ next album, and the good old days of touring in vans. The latter topic forms the basis of a new documentary Grohl’s been working on.
“I’m making a movie about vans and van touring,” he said. “Because back in the day that’s how younger independent bands… the van was the tour bus for the punk rockers in the ’80s.
“The Beatles toured in a van. Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, U2. There’s something about that time, you know, it’s like you wear it like a badge. You’re like, ‘Oh shit, yeah. I toured in a band for five years, sleeping on floors, butter sandwiches and getting paid two dollars a night.'”
Watch: Dave Grohl on the Bill Simmons podcast
Grohl confirmed recording of the new album was done, and revealed there’s one song that dates back a quarter century. “There’s a riff on the new record that I’ve been working on for 25 fucking years,” he said. “First time I demoed it was in my basement in Seattle and every record I’m like, ‘Ooh let’s put it on,’ but it didn’t work.”
Grohl says the van doc is just one of several film projects he’s currently involved in. His past credits include the 2013 studio doc Sound City, which he directed and starred in.
Foo Fighters’ 2014 record Sonic Highways was accompanied by a TV docuseries of the same name, which Grohl also directed. The show captured the band recording in a number of famous recording studios around the USA.
Foo Fighters’ last studio LP was 2017’s Concrete and Gold. It marked the addition of keyboardist Rami Jaffee to the band’s official personnel. Sia producer Greg Kurstin guided the band through the varied release, which included guests like Justin Timberlake, Paul McCartney and The Kills’ Alison Mosshart.