DAMN that DJ Fresh, |damn him. These are my thoughts as I pace my hotel room on
Big Concerts' PR has just phoned to tell me that the interview with
We head-banged to Nevermind and Bleach in glee when they were first released because we had never heard music or lyrics like that before. We cried when
Then a year later we rejoiced when
Over the past three decades Grohl has lived by that real rock |'n' roll ethos to always be true |to your art, always say what you really think.
He did not choose the
A few days later, I am with Fresh in Umlazi for the
True, that. I asked Grohl just one question and that was it - "where are you at the moment?"
It certainly was. Sound City told the tale of a sound desk in a down and out studio called Sound City where Nirvana recorded the album Nevermind.
The sound desk has a rich history of rock artists recording |on it including
There are people such as
The band visited eight cities rooted in US music where Grohl interviewed some of the musicians who shaped those sounds and |then wrote songs inspired by that experience for Foo Fighters' next album. It is going to be turned into an HBO series. The album is set for release in late November.
The band will then tour the US before leaving for
In the meantime, Grohl continues with his story: "For this documentary which is yet to be named, I didn't want to just record |a documentary. So we recorded in eight musical cities from
So how did he get into making documentaries?
"I don't have any formal training on the drums or guitar. I dropped out of high school. My parents were classically trained musicians. My father was a studied flautist and my mother had a beautiful voice. I was surrounded by music growing up. She taught me how to harmonise. |I loved finding harmonies with her. It was beautiful. I had a Beatles songbook.
"I listen to music and it becomes shapes in my head whether it be
He recently participated in The Beatles' 50th celebration and it is clear he loves their music. Most hard rockers prefer the Rolling Stones while The Beatles are considered the fathers of pop.
"At school I was friends with jocks, stoners and nerds. I was |the skinny, weird dude and it's the same with music. For me there is |no Beatles or Stones and no Lennon or McCartney. I am neither. I can listen to Reign in
"The first time I spoke to
Abba! Abba? Woah, dude, |you're destroying the myth right there. Stop saying "Abba".
Grohl starts laughing: "Everyone thought Nirvana was a younger extension of Black Flag, but
How does he come to hit his drums so hard?
"I didn't have drums when I first started. I used pillows as a drum kit. I would practice to Bad Brains and Dead Kennedys and I had these huge, fat drum sticks. The music made me play really hard and fast. I would beat the f***ing s**t out of them.
"Before I joined Nirvana I was in a band called Scream. We travelled around in a van touring, but we had no monitors and my drums were not hooked into the PA so I had to play really hard. Then, when I joined Nirvana, we had all those things and I thought to myself, 'now, I am really gonna beat the crap out of them!'"
And finally -
"I don't know a lot, but we almost went there last year. It is one of the few places we have never been and|I am itching to go somewhere I have never been."
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