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Dave Grohl explains why Foo Fighters aren't "cool"

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl said in a new interview with the Sydney Morning Herald that he stopped doing drugs by the time he was 20 years old and didn't believe in the rock myth of "live fast, die young." He explained, "I’ve read millions of those biographies, I’ve seen friends fall victim to it. It sucks. If I could grab every person who thinks that’s the way you should live your life and sit them down and say, ‘listen to these horror stories,' they’d maybe think differently. But who I am to tell anyone else how to live their life. All I know is from my own personal experience and I choose life each and every time.”

Grohl also pushed back against people who have said Foo Fighters are over the hill, saying, "People say the Foo Fighters are old and we should stop doing this. We have never been a cool band, we have always been on the outside of what is going on -- when there was nu metal, we weren’t cool, where there was a buzz for skinny-tie New Wave rock from New York, we weren’t cool, when it turned to computers, we weren’t cool. To me, we do what makes us jump out of our skin and feel alive. We have fans who feel the same.”

  • The Foos are likely to be on the road for the next 10 months, but Grohl said a while back that the band takes care to pace itself: "We have a way of doing this that we've always done. We try to keep things very simple. We try to do it as much as we can without burning it out, and if it gets to the point where we're, where we don't enjoy it, we just sort of stop. That's what's kept us around this long and we can always say, 'Nope, stop.'"
  • Grohl told the Morning Herald, "We know when it’s time to stop and when we need to hit it hard . . . I do it on behalf of all the guys. I have to take care of them."
  • Foo Fighters are touring in support of their ninth studio album, Concrete And Gold, which debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart last September.
  • The band will tour Australia, New Zealand and South America before launching a North American tour on April 18th in Austin, Texas.

 

READ: Get more on this story from Sydney Morning Herald

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