The more I get to know about Dave Grohl, the more I am just in awe. In my estimation, he has redefined what it is to be a rock star, scratch that, rock god. Everything he does is just next-level. Despite whether you like his music or not (but, come on, why wouldn’t you LOVE his music!), he is a rather model celebrity figure. There is no vapid pomposity, no self-indulgent motives or posturing, just a completely open and transparent image, plain and pure. Simply put, he is what you would call a ‘good guy’ and someone who is authentic and real in an industry of plastic. That is the ultimate in cool, especially in someone who so easily could become tainted with their own self-worth.
Recently, Dave, wanting to do his part, cooked BBQ for the California First Responders (see our article here), from his own recently launched project Backbeat BBQ, to make sure they were well fed during such a harrowing time.
However, his cool points don’t rest there. He has been demonstrating his muscular coolness in some of the best ways. In 2017, he opted not for the VIP section or a private box at a Metallica concert, but chose to be a part of the action deep in the crowd; enjoying the concert and the music as it is meant to be, in the throngs and riding the energetic wave. Grohl has stated that, ‘[he] will be a die-hard Metallica fan until the day [he] dies’. No wonder he wanted to be in amongst the audience to experience their music rather than stuffed to the side not catching the real vibe. His passionate nature about music is just infectious.
And, who can forget his dedication and determination to carry on entertaining fans on a freshly-broken leg in Sweden in 2015? Grohl took a horrific tumble straight off the stage while performing in Gothenburg. He offered immediate reassurance to the audience, despite his condition. “You have my promise right now that the Foo Fighters, we’re gonna come back and finish this show,” he said. “But right now, ladies and gentlemen, I’m gonna go to the hospital, I’m gonna fix my leg. But then I’m gonna come back, and we’re gonna play for you again! I’m so sorry!”
Drummer Taylor Hawkins took over while Grohl was at the hospital and led the band in a set of covers. A short time later, Grohl returned to the stage, stretcher-bound, but aided by a couple of medics. After being set down on a chair, he proceeded to rock out for another two-and-a-half hours. Now, who wouldn’t be impressed by that?
Grohl has just a stellar handle on what it is to be in his position, evidenced by doing things like paying 100% tip at bars and restaurants, all the while, being fun and appreciative and gracious along the way. There couldn’t be a better blue print for how to navigate the role of Rock Star with grace. Now, if I can just get the opportunity to interview him, as a music journalist, that will be a huge one ticked off the bucket list!!