Dave Grohl has opened up about life as a member of the Foo Fighters, noting that its unlikely the band will ever call it quits.
Ever since the Foo Fighters formed in the wake of Nirvana’s untimely end 25 years ago, they’ve been one of the most consistently-popular rock acts out there.
With countless sold out shows, millions of album sales, and constant praise from contemporaries and fans alike, it feels as though the Foo Fighters are a group that will always stick around.
However, while Chris Shiflett recently explained that 2019 will be a quieter year than usual for the group, Dave Grohl revealed that the band’s inactivity will only ever be a temporary thing.
As Billboard reports, Grohl was speaking with Live Nation president and CEO Michael Rapino in Los Angeles recently, where he explained that the band had to cancel a couple of shows in New Orleans due to some much-needed arm surgery on his part.
“This is something I’ve had to deal with for a long time and it’s not the end of the world but I did have to have surgery on my arm because I need it to pay the rent,” Grohl explained. “I knew I had to fix my arm at some point and I went ahead and did it.”
“It’s funny having surgery because you actually get a little bit of rest,” he noted. “Right before they wheeled me in [for surgery] the guys said ‘hey, we’re going to give you something that’s going to make you feel really good’ and I thought I finally get to take a nap.”
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While Dave Grohl recognised the fact that the Foo Fighters are one of the hardest-working bands in the business, he chalked up their longevity to the fact they’re consistently doing something that they love.
“The excitement of seeing live music, of seeing people on stage, that will never go away,” he explained. “We don’t sell a tenth of the records that we sold 20 years ago, but we sell out fucking stadiums in a lot of places.”
“One of the reasons is we’ve been touring for 20 years and we’ve never stopped. You have to establish a base and be faithful to them.”
“It’s only work if you don’t want to do it,” Grohl continued. “I’ve never said ‘Ugh, I have to go on stage and drink whiskey and have 30,000 people sing my songs.’ It’s pretty fucking cool.”
“For the first twenty years of our band it was, let’s make another record and that’s probably going to do it. Let’s get one more in there and call it a day.”
“Then it gets to the point to where I refer to it like, imagine your grandparents getting a divorce. I’m sure it happens sometimes, but why? You can’t break up. Who even cares any more? Just go play shows.”
In related news, Dave Grohl likened 17-year-old musician Billie Eilish to that of Nirvana, explaining that her existence proves that “rock and roll is not close to dead.”