Takeaways From Dave Grohl's Rolling Stone Cover Story
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Well look who it is on the cover of Rolling Stone: Dave Grohl! The Foo Fighter frontman gave the mag a peek into his personal life and talked about the new LP, Concrete and Gold. Also, a few big names (like Paul McCartney) chimed in to talk about Grohl, but more on that later.
In the interview, we learn things we secretly wanted to know about Grohl: like that he lives in a sprawling Encino, CA house that used to belong to Clark Gable and he drives a $140,000 Tesla with Sonic Youth blasting in the car. We learn that his 8-year-old daughter Harper (who you can see in their music video for "The Sky Is A Neighborhood") is learning the drums and is into Imagine Dragons right now.
Another takeaway? Grohl reveals that he didn't see himself still playing in a band past the age of 33. "I never thought I'd end up at a rock festival with fuckin' gray hair in my beard, but it happened. And I'm cool with it."
Regarding the new LP, it sounds like it's definitely going to be a little different from past records. Fellow Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins said, "I think it's our most psychedelic record, and our weirdest." Grohl "let go" of the reins a little bit and enlisted Greg Kurstin to help produce the record. Oh and Justin Timberlake added a few "la la la's" to one track and Paul McCartney played the drums on another. So yeah, we'd say that's different!
Paul McCartney said, "He's always high-energy. I mean, I'm an enthusiastic person, and I think he's possibly doubled."
But perhaps our favorite observation about Grohl comes from writer Josh Eells. "Grohl is to rock what Tom Hanks is to Hollywood: the head cheerleader, the de facto mayor, and the guy everyone wants to hang with."
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Dave Grohl appears on our latest cover. You can read the story in full at RollingStone.com. In the feature, the Foo Fighters frontman discusses the band's new album 'Concrete and Gold,' asking Paul McCartney to play drums on the record and more. "Our formula is pretty simple," he tells us. "When you put us in a room, it sounds like the band. So the challenge is to figure out how that evolves." Photograph by Mark Seliger (@markseliger)