Dave Grohl Explains Why He Was Afraid Of Being Labeled A Sell-Out
Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, recalled his performance in the White House and revealed why he was scared of being regarded as a ‘sell-out’ by his longtime friends in his recent interview with The Age.
As you may know, Paul McCartney and Wings released their third studio album entitled ‘Band on the Run’ in December 1973. It was seen as important work for his post-Beatles era, and years after its release, McCartney earned The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2010, and the ceremony was held in the East Room of the White House.
The award ceremony, which was also a tribute to Paul’s legendary musical career, included former President Barack Obama, the First Lady, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Jerry Seinfeld, and McCartney himself. During the ceremony, Dave Grohl, a great Paul McCartney fan, performed ‘Band on the Run,’ but as it turns out, he had some concerns before his concert.
Grohl unveiled that he was afraid that his old friends would consider him a person who only focused on money without considering his art because of his White House appearance and Foo Fighters’ rising popularity and mainstream success. However, Grohl wasn’t defined as a ‘sell-out’ and is still one of the most respected and loved musicians in the rock scene.
Grohl said in his interview that:
“I heard that my heroes were all going to be there. I was nervous because I was actually in town to play the f—ing White House. I was so terrified that I wouldn’t be accepted by my old friends; that I’d be seen as some kind of sell-out.”
You can watch Grohl’s performance below.