Dave Grohl compares songwriting philosophy to Rivers Cuomo’s, remembers almost joining Gwar


You’ll never believe it, but Dave Grohl is on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling stone. Grohl is about to publish his memoirs The narrator, and by way of promotion of the book, he said Rolling stone some stories. Some of these stories involve other famous musicians, and Rolling stone posted some of the highlights.

In his interview with Brian Hiatt, for example, Grohl talks a bit about how the Foo Fighters write songs, which is apparently quite different from how other survivors of ’90s alternative rock, Weezer, write songs. . Grohl describes a behind-the-scenes conversation he had with Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo when the Foos and Weezer toured Australia a few years ago:

[Cuomo] says, “Hey, so when you write songs, how do you do it? I started to explain how we do it, which is pretty straightforward. I do demos. I show them to the guys. And then we come together and play them. He said, “Do you listen to the top 40 radios? I said, “Now? Not really. I mean, unless I’m in the car with my kids, I guess. He said, “So you don’t write songs to try to be in the top 40 radio stations?” And I said, “No. I don’t think we are allowed to! Do I expect to get Cardi B off the fucking charts? Absolutely not. “I said,” No, I kind of write songs for the stage or a setlist, and I write them for Foo Fighters fans. “And he said,” Wow. So you write. for the show? ”And I said,“ Yeah, right? ”And I don’t think he does. I think we’re sort of on opposite ends of that spectrum. is funny.

A few years ago, the Foo Fighters put on a show at the National in Richmond, Va., And Dave Grohl raved on stage about the thrash heroes of his hometown Gwar. (Gwar graciously spared Grohl’s life in response.) Talk to Rolling stone, Grohl claims that he briefly considered joining Gwar as a young drummer in suburban DC:

Gwar was looking for a drummer, and I talked to their guitarist Dewey [Rowell] about that. And he said to me, “This is great, and you can design your own costume. As a drummer, you don’t want something that completely covers your face. You want your arms to be free.

So I started to draw this thing. Back then, Gwar was a group that attracted 700 people, right? Which is huge. And then the more I thought about it, am I really going to invite my uncle to see me play when there is fake blood and sperm all over the place?

Dave Grohl’s uncle must be feeling so uncool by now. There are more anecdotes in the Rolling stone piece, including tracks on Rick Astley and Kurt Cobain, and you can read it here. The narrator released on 5/10 via Dey Street.

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