Dave Grohl on Music and Politics: The Foo Fighters ‘Play to Everyone’

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Not surprisingly, rock star Dave Grohl is liberal. What is noteworthy is that the Foo Fighters frontman and ex-Nirvana drummer doesn’t preach or lecture, preferring to “bring two opposite sides of the spectrum into the same arena for three hours of relief.” 

Grohl, unlike so many contemporary performers, respects his audience - all of his audience.

Grohl made the remarks in a story in the new Rolling Stone magazine, where he was promoting the Foo's new album, "Concrete and Gold." 

Josh Eells writes:

A week before Grohl left, Donald Trump clinched the Republican presidential nomination. "I'm not an outwardly political person," says Grohl. "But it's pretty easy to figure out where I fall on the map."

Soon Grohl found himself in his underwear, wine-drunk, screaming nonsense phonetics into a microphone. Subconsciously, a lot of his political anxieties came out. One song, "La Dee Da," channeled the feelings of a teenage Grohl, a lonely punk-rock kid in suburban Virginia. "It's a portrait of me as a teenager, feeling completely alienated and repressed by the conservative environment of the early to mid-Eighties," he says. The album's opening track, "T-Shirt," came after Trump's inauguration, but it shared some of the same concerns. "I watched the infamous press conference in the East Room – the one that turned into a screaming match. The f***ing WWE one. All that gross ambition for power and control freaked me out. I was like, 'Oh, my God. This is what we've become.' "

That said, if you didn't know the backstory, there's nothing explicitly political about the album. "When the Foo Fighters go out and tour, we play to everyone," he says. "I like to think that music is something that can bring two opposite sides of the spectrum into the same arena for three hours of relief. There's a part of me that thinks I'm better at giving people hope. So that's where I'd rather be." 

 

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