Dave Grohl is very down-to-Earth as to what kind the Foo Fighters are and are not. In a new interview, the Foo Fighters frontman said his band plays “dad rock,” and they have never been cool.
Grohl appeared on a recent episode of Whitney Cummings’ Good for You podcast. The former Nirvana drummer acknowledged that Foo Fighters are dad rock.
“You know the whole dad rock thing? We’re totally dad rock,” Grohl told Cummings. “Look, I’m 50 years old, I have f*cking grey hair, but the funny thing is, I have never considered our band cool, and I like that.”
Grohl referenced the 1999 Foo Fighters album There Is Nothing Left to Lose that featured the song Learn to Fly. He pointed out how the band went with a much softer sound than the nu-metal bands such as Korn, Kid Rock, Godsmack, Limp Bizkit, and Sevendust that were dominating the music charts at the time.
The Foo Fighters attempted to steer their sound to “AM Gold,” which was the popular soft rock Top 40 music that was played on the radio during the 1960s and 1970s.
“We’ve just never been hip or cool,” Grohl continued. “And I think that the reason why we’re still here is because we do kind of disconnect ourselves from the popular stuff that’s going on, but also because what the f*ck do we care. Like honestly, I just wanna play music. Having watched a lot of my friends not survive, I just want to be alive and play music, and I really don’t give a f*ck if we’re cool or not.”
Grohl’s “dad rock” comments start around the 1:06-mark.
In other Foo Fighters news, the dad rock band is currently recording their follow-up album to 2017’s Concrete And Gold. That album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Their album before Concrete And Gold, Wasting Light, also debuted at number one. Grohl describes recording the new album as “f*cking weird.”
Grohl also appeared on Sesame Street last week. Grohl sang the Here We Go Song along with Big Bird and Elmo to celebrate the PBS TV show’s 50th anniversary.
“It’s nice to come here and be with my friends Big Bird and Elmo,” Grohl said. “You know, I was just thinking, there’s friends everywhere, even the ones that you don’t know.”