(Amy Harris | Invision/AP) Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs at the Voodoo Music Experience in City Park on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in New Orleans.
Given that when the Foo Fighters started little more was thought of them than, “Oh, that’s that band with the Nirvana drummer,” it’s somewhat amazing that the Foos are now considered perhaps the modern elder statesmen of rock and roll.
Their new album, “Concrete and Gold,” is considered a bit more sonically adventurous than previous efforts, on account of it being helmed by superproducer Greg Kurstin, who, to that point, was best known for his work with pop stars such as Adele, Sia, P!nk and Kelly Clarkson.
Their supporting tour visits Salt Lake City’s Vivint Smart Home Arena this Tuesday. In the meantime, here’s the latest on what the Foos have been up to.
While the Foos can appreciate that “Late Late Show” host James Corden is a genuine fan of music, they weren’t genuine fans of participating in his show’s famed segment. “By hour three in dude’s car, it got less fun,” guitarist Pat Smear told NME. “It kinda went on. When we stopped at Guitar Center, that felt like we were done, but it was like, ‘This is halfway.’ ” Frontman Dave Grohl also noted it was “a little uncomfortable” spending most of that time primarily belting out his material. “I don’t mind singing my own songs at Glastonbury or the O2, but if I had to sing you a song right now I’d be too embarrassed. … We did The Ramones, and Rick Astley, but they didn’t use it. I don’t know why.”
At the Foo Fighters’ Oct. 17 show in South Carolina, Grohl noticed a fan holding a sign that read, “Drums on Under Pressure?” So, when the time came for the band to do their nightly cover of the Queen classic, they gave him his shot. University of South Carolina student Pierce Edge was brought onstage and, after a bit of banter with Grohl, directed to take over the kit from drummer Taylor Hawkins, who would be singing. Grohl gave him a bit of advice right before they kicked in: “Don’t s— the bed in front of your hometown, brother.” Edge nailed the song.
During an interview with Rolling Stone, Grohl made a stop at the well-known Hollywood shop Amoeba Records to pick up some music for his 8-year-old daughter, Harper. She had requested the new Imagine Dragons LP, which he intended to complement with AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” to keep her from going soft. Upon arrival, he was informed by a store clerk that alt-pop star Lana Del Rey was in the middle of an in-store performance, and he might not even be able to get to the records he was seeking. He gave it a shot, weaving his way through the masses. Even though rock music is not the cultural force it once was, Grohl is still a pretty well-known dude. But not that day. “To a store full of teenage Lana Del Rey fans,” reporter Josh Eells noted, “Grohl is just a long-haired middle-age guy who’s in their way.”
(Amy Harris | Invision/AP) Dave Grohl, left, and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters perform at the Voodoo Music Experience in City Park on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in New Orleans.
Hawkins was Alanis Morissette’s touring drummer back in 1997 when Grohl called. Since joining the Foos, a CNBC report noted, Hawkins has won 11 Grammys and boosted his net worth to a reported $20 million. Still, he’s apparently a simple kind of man. He owns two cars — a 2005 Subaru Baja, and the ’86 Toyota 4×4 truck he drove in high school. Grohl, meanwhile, likes to point out that he drives “a family car that fits five people.” Then, however, in the interest of full disclosure, he will concede to also owning a $140,000 Tesla that can go zero-to-60 in 2.4 seconds. “It’s impractical!” he said. “It really is the stupidest thing.”