Dave Grohl: When I see a new artist blow up overnight I get worried for them

Dave Grohl during an appearance on CBS' 'Sunday Morning.

Dave Grohl was profiled last weekend on the only news show my parents and I can watch together, CBS Sunday Morning. The 49-year-old rocker, who recently buried the hatchet with James Corden, discussed the stage accident that left him performing on a throne for months, achieving superstardom with Nirvana and rebooting his career after Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain’s death.

The whole profile is definitely worth watching, if for nothing else to see Dave’s wonderful mother, Virginia. Mama Grohl, an English teacher, fully supported Dave leaving school at 17 and traveling to Europe to pursue his rock ’n’ roll dream, stating, “he was a really great writer and such a great spirit.” When her son told her he was going across the pond to tour with Scream, his first band, Virginia said, “Go, great. Can I go, too?” Here’s more from the fighter of foo:

On why he continued performing right after falling off the stage, breaking his leg and dislocating his ankle in Sweden:
“The adrenaline of the stadium, and also the obligation. I broke it in the second song. And I felt like all those people had come all that way.”

On why he feels his success is “weird”:
“Ages ago, when I was a kid, my Dad said, ‘You know, this isn’t gonna last, right? Savor every check like it’s the last one you’re ever gonna make.’ And every time we make a Foo Fighters record, I think, ‘Well, if this were the last one, then we had a good run,’ it would have been great.”

On Nirvana and achieving success at a young age:
“When most people think about Nirvana, they think about a video or a song on the radio, but to me it was a really personal experience with some friends that went from sleeping on floors to then being the number one band on the charts.”

“Still, to this day, whenever I see a new artist that’s young that blows up and becomes gigantic overnight, I kind of get worried for them. I don’t think anybody’s cut out for it.”

On giving up drugs at age 20:
“When I tell people I’ve never done cocaine in my life, they think I’m lying! But I love music, and I love life. And to me, survival is the game – that’s the hardest part. I just wanna play music.”

[From CBS Sunday Morning]

One thing I learned abut Dave is that on the original Foo Fighter demo cassette (remember those?) Dave pitched to record labels, he played every instrument himself. The name Foo Fighters, based on Dave’s love for UFOs, came about because, “I wanted people to think it was a group.” He added, “it almost sounded like a gang, you know, like a karate gang or something. Foo Fighters! So yeah, it worked!”

I unapologetically adore this guy and have had the pleasure of seeing the band live – and they bring it every time. Keep fighting the foo, Dave.

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Dave Grohl during an appearance on CBS' 'Sunday Morning.

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  1. Beth says:

    I love Dave. It’s awesome when such iconic, successful people are easy going sweethearts, and not egotistical assholes

  2. anniefannie says:

    I’ve always been a fan but after viewing his docu /series on HBO ( sorry blanking on the name ) I’m bordering on stalkerish! Foo Fighters travel to a different city ( always with a rich musical history) meet musicians that are most defined by their cities culture and then round out it out by writing a track based on their experience!
    At times it looked incredibly stressful moving equipment to a new studio and having to adjust to different equipment and acoustics but they were always chilled and they all genuinely love and respect each other!

  3. Jordan says:

    I do too, how do you get all the parts back together

    Jk. Love him.

  4. Croatian says:

    Love love love him!!
    There is a great interview he did on Ellen about taking his kids to school and taking them to see Katy Perry. The amount of heart and humour in that clip cheers me up every time I have a bad day.

  5. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    He just seems so nice! I like him and his music.

  6. Lisa says:

    I love Dave. He’s right; I don’t think anyone can handle overnight success, especially young kids. That’s why I worry about youtube sensations or anyone who goes viral in any way.

  7. CariBean says:

    I’m pretty sure this man can do no wrong. He comes across as so down to earth and happy to showcase the talent he finds in his audience.

  8. anniefannie says:

    If you haven’t seen the clip when he impersonates Chistopher Walken it’s worth a YouTube search! All that talent and hilarious too!

  9. Biting Panda says:

    Is it wrong that I have been hoping that one of his kids will marry one of my kids, since the day he had kids? Love him.

  10. Veronica S, says:

    He has remained shockingly down to Earth throughout his career. It probably helps that while Foo Fighters are successful, they’ve never been pop stars with all the rigorous demands of continuous media presence. I sometimes wonder if Kurt’s death gave a gravity to his situation that made him put a lot of thought into what direction he wanted to take his life.

  11. Alexis says:

    Dave is a National Treasure, a musical Legend, but yet also such a people person. He’s the guy that you might meet at a gas station and need help with a flat tire…and he would be right there to help and have a beer with you afterwards. His father taught him well tho. It could all go away in a snap.

    I’m pretty grateful that he lived in my lifetime and….I also saw FF live as well! It was amazing.

  12. Yes Doubtful says:

    I’m not a big fan of their music, but I think they are a great band if that makes any sense. I think they put on a great show and Dave has had quite a second act!