Here's a fun list I happened upon a few weeks back at Gibson.com. Why didn't I post it then? I don't have a good answer for you there. No time I guess! Oh well, I hope I can be forgiven. I knew numbers 10, 4, 3 and 2. The other ones were new to me, with 5 being my favorite:
And now the article from Gibson.com:With all the attention that’s been lavished upon the Foo Fighters and Them Crooked Vultures – not the mention Nirvana – it would seem no stone’s been unturned when it comes to examining the inner and outer life of Dave Grohl. Still, we managed to uncover a few little-known tidbits about the gifted songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
10. His first drum kit consisted of pillows and furniture.
“Until I was 17, I didn't have enough money to get a drum set,” Grohl told Uncut in 2007. “But I knew the configuration of a drum set, so I’d set up a pillow between my legs as a snare drum, and I’d use my bed as a tom and a chair as a high hat. I’d just play along with the records all day long, [mostly] fast hardcore punk rock albums like Bad Brains and Minor Threat. It was great. And it was cheap.”
9. The first song to get his attention for its drumming was … The Edgar Winter Group’s “Frankenstein.”
“I remember being really inspired by that song,” Grohl told Mojo in 2005. “Up to that point I would just listen to whatever my parents or my sister were listening to, things like the West Side Story soundtrack, Carly Simon and The Beatles . But when I heard ‘Frankenstein,’ I thought, ‘Wow, everything about this song stands out – the riffs, the keyboards and particularly the drums.’”
8. The classic album he would most like to have been involved with was by… The Zombies.
“I would have loved to have been in the studio when The Zombies recorded [their 1968 masterpiece] Odessey and Oracle,” Grohl told New Musical Express in 2011, when asked which classic album he would most liked to have put his stamp on. “It’s such a simple record, and such an amazing album, but the sounds are really primal and raw because of the technical limitations of the time. So yeah, probably that.”
7. His favorite Beatles song is… “Julia.”
“If I could write just one song as beautiful as ‘Julia,’ I would achieve my life’s goal,” Grohl told Classic Rock magazine in 2009. “That song has such a soothing and healing quality to it. I could hear it a thousand times in a row and it would draw me in every time. The guitar and vocals are so delicate and right – they’re celestial. When I found out it was about Lennon’s mother, who abandoned him, and returned then died, it made it even more amazing.”
6. His favorite Paul McCartney song is also a Beatles song.
Q magazine asked Grohl to name his favorite McCartney track in 2010. “You can't even answer that question,” Grohl responded. “It's just not fair – but I’m going to say ‘Blackbird.’ It’s such a beautiful piece of music, perfect in composition and performance, and in its lyrics and in the range of his voice. Learning that song made me a better guitar player and gave me a better appreciation of songwriting. It’s musical bliss.”
5. He almost got the chance to play with… Little Richard.
“I was doing a soundtrack for the film Backbeat in 1992,” Grohl told New Musical Express, in 2011. “[Producer] Don Was assembled a bunch of musicians to play the music, and we were doing a cover of ‘Long Tall Sally.’ Little Richard was living in a hotel just up the street from the studio, so we gave him a call, to see if he would come down and jam with us. He said he wanted $10,000 to do it. We were all like, ‘Well, I’ll put in $2,000...’ but in the end we just decided, ‘Nah.’ I wish we’d have done it.”
4. He did get the chance to play on a Michael Jackson song… sort of.
In 2011, Grohl told Classic Rock the story of how Lenny Kravitz asked him to play on an unfinished Michael Jackson song that Kravitz and Jackson had worked on in 1992. “Lenny sends over the track, and I sit down with Butch Vig and we record this huge [drum track],” Grohl explained. “I sent it to Lenny and he's like: ‘Dude, this is going to be awesome.’ I'm like: ‘I’m on a Michael Jackson track!’ A month goes by, and another, and another, and I still haven’t heard anything. Finally, I hear the song online. You know what they used? One snare hit. That’s it. I don't know who’s playing drums, but it ain’t me.”
3. He hates drum machines.
Grohl delivered a rant against modern technology to London’s The Sun in 2011. “All that [expletive] ruins music these days,” he said. “Drum machines work for pop artists, but when it comes to rock and roll, don’t [mess around] with the human element. I had favorite drummers because of their inconsistencies. Modern production has robbed drummers of personalities, and it really pisses me off.”
2. His childhood fascination with UFOs remains intact.
“When I was 10 or 11, I had this romantic idea that there was something outside the world we know,” Grohl told Uncut in 2007. “I’ve always done my own little investigations here and there. I’ve never been visited by aliens or had any sort of close encounter, but I’ve had a couple of dreams that were really vivid, dreams where the sky implodes and it's the dawn of this new era where we learn to live in the same world as things from other planets.”
1. His all-time favorite guitar riff is… the one in Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog.”
“My favorite guitar riff of all time has gotta be ‘Black Dog’,” Grohl told Q, in 2007. “It has these wicked turnarounds where John Bonham stays in 4/4 time, but John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page turn the riff over. Jimmy played his guitar with swagger; it was in his shoulders. ‘Black Dog’ just drips, it’s so smooth. It has groove and a pulse, and it sounds easy enough, but when you actually wrap your hands around a guitar, you realize that it takes a little more than what you got.”
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So you know how I can’t seem to escape Dave Grohl? Well, I’m reading a book right now called “So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star” by Jacob Slichter
. He’s the drummer from Semisonic
(remember Closing Time?). Anyway, I read this book a few years ago on the recommendation of Brian Vander Ark from The Verve Pipe (the recommendation of his blog anyway). It’s a hilariously insightful look at the music industry and mirrored a lot of The Verve Pipe’s career, who have always held special interest for me as they made it big and are from West Michigan too.
Semisonic (at the time called Pleasure) were courting various record labels. The author hasn’t been through this process before and is describing the various record labels and the personalities at them, at which point Dave Grohl climbs out of the pages, leering at me. Direct quote from the book:“Next up was Geffen, perhaps the dominant label of the day. Its roster - which included Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, The Counting Crows and Sonic Youth - was an impressive list of either massively successful or super-cool bands, espcially in the case of its best-known band, Nirvana.Nothing triggered my panicked feelings of inadequacy as much as Nirvana and Dave Grohl’s monstrous drumming. Grohl pounded a permanent change into the radio; in the wake of Nirvana’s success, the airwaves were crammed with bands whose drummers tried to play the larger-than-life fills that thundered around his drums. None, however, could match his huge sound and hypnotic groove. Grohl, eight years younger than me, set the impossible standard by which all drummers were now judged. To hear Nirvana blasting out of Brad’s speakers at ten in the morning - it sounded like the soundtrack to a nightmare.”
Yup, welcome to my
nightmare Jacob Slichter.
I've been meaning to add this to my list of reasons why I hate Dave Grohl, but then it happened again. Dave Grohl costs me money because whenever a Foo Fighters album comes out, I have to buy it. Every time the Foo Fighters come through our area, I have to buy concert tickets. I am a poorer American because of Dave Grohl. So here's the latest event where Dave Grohl may just as well have literally stuck his hand into my pocket, pulled out my wallet, grabbed a wad of cash, flashed me a big old smile and said, "Thanks amigo, I'll take that!"
I ran across a forum topic on Rock Band's website
, which was pretty funny. You know those "Facts about Chuck Norris" jokes that went around awhile ago? Well, someone started a "Facts about Dave Grohl" thread, which was suppposed to be mainly about Dave Grohl Rock Band trivia, but then people started going crazy with it. A lot of it was re-hashes of the old jokes with Dave Grohl substituted for Chuck Norris. Not that funny. But here are some pretty funny ones that were not obviously Chuck Norris rip-offs:
Since this is my first post, let me start off by telling you a little bit about myself. I think then maybe you'll begin to understand why I hate Dave Grohl so much.
I have a band
. I have a dream of being a rock star, which started out as a shining beacon of light and hope. But that beacon has grown dimmer and dimmer the older I get. Now it is all but gone, squashed by the realities of life, responsibilities and time. I am relegated to the status of "hobbyist" with my music and just enjoy the process of making it. I guess I'll keep the day job; it's comfortable and provides for my family. My life isn't bad, in fact it's pretty good for the most part.
But here's the thing. EVERY TIME I TURN AROUND, who do I see? Thats right. Dave Grohl. Everything I've dreamed of doing he has done. I can't get away from it. The moment I try to accept my lot in life, I see Dave Grohl's face in Time magazine
or I hear a Foo Fighter's song on the radio, reminding me of my failed attempt at rock super stardom. I figured it's about time I get this out of my system once and for all by voicing my secret envies, petty though they may be. So here it is to start: The top 21 reasons why I hate Dave Grohl.
- He's a rock star.
- His JOB is to rock out. (Let's just say my job isn't quite so exciting).
- He's a proven drummer, guitarist, singer, performer and, since the last album, a pianist. What can't this guy do?
- The dude can't write a bad song.
- He was in the band that single handedly changed the face of popular music.
- Because of that, he's a shoe-in for the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame (along with Krist Novoselic and the late Kurt Cobain).
- He's been on the cover of Rolling Stone, oh, I don't know, a MILLION times!
- He's the stand up comic of rock 'n roll.
- He's the George Clooney of rock 'n roll. (Am I the only one who sees this? He's got the same toothy grin, self-deprecating sense of humor, he's the top of his field and everyone wants to work with him. Okay, so he's happily married with two kids and not the consummate bachelor like Mr. Clooney I'll give you that).
- When Courtney Love attacks him in the press he responds in some sort of classy way.
- Everyone loves him. (Except me of course. And possibly Courtney Love, although I bet there's more of a love/hate thing going on there).
- He's "the nicest guy in rock 'n roll." (Maybe he's the Tom Hanks of rock 'n roll...nah.)
- He's got one of the greatest screams in rock 'n roll. (When I scream it sounds like a mix between John Fogerty and Wierd Al Yankovic).
- He sings soft ballads with the best of them too! What gives?
- He makes Neil Young tear up when he sings.
- Not only does he write great songs, the arrangements are fantastic. (Compare a Foo Fighters song to a Weezer song to see what I mean - nothing against Weezer, I love those guys. I would've said compare them to my band, but the reference would have been lost on most people).
- Now that he's started Them Crooked Vultures with John Paul Jones he gets to play with 1/4 of Led Zeppelin.
- He's played with Brian May, Tom Petty, Jimmy Page, Kurt Cobain, Josh Homme, Jack Black and, oh forget it, the list is too long.
- He's rich.
- He tours the world.
- Along side Steven Tyler, he's one of the most charasmatic front men around. (Hmm...Dave Grohl the new singer for Aerosmith? Okay, bad idea).
And there you have it ladies and gentlemen. The first of many rants against the evils of the man who reminds me of my many shortcomings.
I hate Dave Grohl.Editor's Note: Before leaving a profanity laced comment full of grammar and spelling errors telling me to get a life, that I'm a loser, that Dave Grohl is a great guy and what is my problem, etc., etc, I would ask you to slow down, take a deep breath and actually read this article or if you have read it (maybe a little quickly), read it again until you are in on the joke.
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