When Dave Grohl Insulted And Praised Meg White Simultaneously

The White Stripes earned initial recognition in the music scene, while garage rock was awakening in the early 2000s. Meg and Jack White announced their name to the world, especially with the impactful records such as ‘White Blood Cells’ and ‘Elephant.’ The duo’s songs had high places in the charts and proved their success by receiving a Grammy award. While Jack White was on the guitar and vocal, Meg White contributed to the band with her excellent drumming skills.

Unfortunately, the pair did not release any new content after 2007. Later, Jack and Meg announced the group’s disbandment in 2011 because of several problems. Even though it has been a while since their parting ways, they continue to be praised by many. Although Meg was a reserved person, she did an excellent job with the band and has been among the names missed in the music scene. In a past interview, Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl somehow insulted and praised Meg White regarding her drumming.

What Did Dave Grohl Say About Meg White?

During a 2018 interview with Rolling Stone, Dave Grohl was asked whether he would accept being the drummer of Rush’s tour, replacing Neil Peart, who was retired at that period. Grohl responded that he would have refused the offer as he did not feel capable of replacing such an excellent artist. The rocker resembled himself to Meg White by mentioning she could not be compared to Neil Peart. However, he immediately added that White was one of his favorite drummers his daughter took inspiration from as a young musician.

When asked whether he would join Rush, Dave Grohl said:

“I would say, ‘I’m not physically or musically capable, but thanks for the offer.’ Neil Peart, that’s a whole other animal, another species of drummer. I know the arrangements, but I’m like Meg White to Neil Peart. And she’s one of my favorite drummers! She’s my daughter’s favorite drummer, too. My daughter plays drums to two types of music: White Stripes and AC/DC. I’m like, ‘That’s what you need to be doing.'”

Grohl furthermore praised White’s unique drumming style that could be distinguished immediately after hearing. He noted that he loved her drum parts mainly in the pair’s 2005 song ‘My Doorbell.’ According to the drummer, White created her music passionately.

Dave Grohl continued talking about Meg White:

“She is one of those drummers that if you hear 15 seconds of her recording, you’ll know who it is, and that to me has always been the gold standard. That’s always been the challenge. You want to know when you hear it, like, you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s John Bonham. Oh, that’s Charlie Watts. That’s Ringo. That’s Stewart Copeland. That’s Meg White.’ And that’s not easy to do. That means you’re playing from the heart.

No, she’s great, man. I mean, honestly. Like the doorbell song. Ugh. Come on. One of my favorite drum beats of all time. That’s a classic. It’s a riff. Do you know? It’s songwriting, but with sticks in your hands. It’s f*cking great.”

In the interview, Dave Grohl somewhat dishonored Meg White by stating that neither he nor White could be compared to Neil Peart. However, he did not neglect to praise Meg’s unique playing style while continuing his words. Grohl revealed that she was one of his favorite drummers with her distinctive style.