Dave Grohl Responds To Accusation Of Him Taking The Danger Out Of Rock And Roll
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was recently interviewed by BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and responded to the claims about him that he took the danger out of rock n’ roll.
Dave Grohl was the drummer of Nirvana before forming his band Foo Fighters. He also worked with other bands and made music for several side projects. Throughout his career, especially with Nirvana, Grohl witnessed the glory of the rock and roll lifestyle.
However, the former Nirvana drummer experienced firsthand that this lifestyle often brings destruction. When Grohl was playing with Nirvana, he saw the gradual downfall of Kurt Cobain and his eventual suicide. Seemingly, this might be the reason why he chooses to stay out of trouble most of the time.
In an interview by BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, the host Nick Ahad read a quote from Grohl’s newly published book. He stated that his book is devoid of cynicism, and asked Grohl if he ever worries that being so enthusiastic and joyful is not very rock and roll.
Responding to that, Grohl said he doesn’t worry about it. He then talked about the element of danger in rock and roll and said it’s real for some people. The musician then revealed he was accused of taking the danger out of rock and roll.
Following that, Dave highlighted he was at the center of that danger before, implying his tenure in Nirvana. He then said he witnessed the effects of it that ended up destroying the band. Moreover, Grohl stated music represents life, joy, and love for him, and he doesn’t want to put that element of danger back into it.
In the interview, the host Nick Ahad told Dave Grohl that:
“Actually, I want to come to a passage in the book. What struck me about it is how heart on your sleeve it is. It’s really moving. So you write this: ‘I never fully embraced Stadium Rock until I experienced it from the lip of the stage. And to this day, I’ve never taken a single moment of it for granted.’
The thing that struck me is that the book is devoid of cynicism. Do you ever worry that it’s not very rock and roll to be quite so enthusiastic and joyful?”
Dave Grohl then responded:
“I don’t worry about it, but I was talking to someone about the element of danger in rock and roll like that’s mythology. It’s real in some people, it’s entirely real.
I have been accused before of taking the danger out of rock and roll. But let me tell you, I’ve been in the eye of that hurricane. For me, music represents life, joy, and love. It always has. So, I don’t want to put that element of danger back in, you know. Because I saw what it can do. I was in a band where that destroyed the band.
After that experience, you can read as many rock biographies as you want, you can believe in all of those legendary rock stories. It looks good on paper, but believe me, it can absolutely devastate your life.
That’s not why I play music. Of course, there are times where I write from a place of pain but not entirely. If I do, it’s meant to heal. So, am I earnest about my love of music and love of life? Absolutely. I’m not ashamed of that one bit.”
You can listen to the rest of the interview below.