Dave Grohl…where do I start with this guy and why am I blogging about him? He was the drummer in Nirvava…we don’t play Nirvana. He’s the leader of a fantastic band called the Foo Fighters…we don’t play the Foo Fighters. So why? Because, in my opinion, he has emerged as the guy who wants to preserve the integrity of rock & roll/music in general. Example. Just watch the FANTASTIC film “Sound City” which follows Dave interviewing key figures who worked and recorded at this legendary studio in Los Angeles. It all started when (after the studio announced it was closing) Dave decided to purchase its priceless Neve 8028 analog mixing console that was used by Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Johnny Cash, Pat Benatar, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Santana, the Grateful Dead, Rick Springfield…just to name a few. After acquiring this piece of equipment and installing it in his own studio he invited all of these musical icons to come record new material with it. In the process he introduced these legends to a new generation of musicians and fans.
A huge highlight is at the end when Grohl, along with members of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters, write and record this song with Sir Paul McCartney…to be a “fly on the wall” in the studio that day! I was a DJ on our sister-station ROCK 108 for many years before landing on KOKZ so I’ve played a lot of songs with Dave on them (had the pleasure of meeting him as well). Happy Birthday Mr. Grohl and THANK YOU for keeping good music alive!