The Foo Fighters have been rocking out for about 20 years, but that definitely doesn’t mean they are slowing down anytime soon. They recently released Sonic Highways, which is accompanied by their making-of-the-album HBO show with the same name. Together, the documentary style series and the album are an ode to music makers across America; though the makers are all vastly different, they all have a common goal to create music that truly resonates with people. The band will take this message across the world during their upcoming tour, which kicks off in Cape Town, South Africa on Dec. 10.
The legendary Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, William Goldsmith, Franz Stahl and Rami Jaffee always do it big, and their recent sit down on the Howard Stern Show was no exception. In fact, some of Grohl’s celebrity run-ins and relationships even made the King of All Media just a little jealous. We can’t blame him though – we want to be e-mail buddies with David Bowie too.
“He is wickedly funny,” Dave said. “You just get shut down by everybody, Howard.”
Howard recounted getting quite literally shut down at a Prince concert he once attended. The Purple One demanded performing with the lights off, and Howard ended up ditching the scene. Grohl got to have a private jam session with Prince a couple years back; however, the pop legend made sure it stayed private – even after hinting at wanting to play with the Foo Fighter front man in public. Nevertheless, Grohl refused to feel snubbed by his idol.
“I honestly believe he is the most talented popular musician alive today,” Grohl said. “A couple of years ago, he did 21 nights at The Forum. So when we heard about that we were like, ‘Oh, we’re going down there!’ … So afterwards I met him, and I said, ‘Hey, when do you want to jam?’ And he said, ‘Why don’t you come next Friday?’ So I came the next Friday. I waited for him to call all week. He never called. I didn’t know if I was gonna play drums or guitar or his song or my song … I walk into the empty arena, and then Prince just appears … He picks up a bass and just shreds the bass like I’ve never seen anyone play it … I’m like, ‘That was amazing!’ And he goes, ‘We should do that!’ And I go, ‘We should totally do that!’ He goes, ‘What are you doing next week?’ I never saw him again … It’s Prince, dude. He could beat me up as much as he wants.”
Grohl seems to have trouble staying mad at anybody these days – including previous arch enemy Courtney Love. The two shared an embrace at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony – and more recently, a few drinks.
“Don’t talk sh-t about my friend Courtney Love,” Grohl joked to Howard. “I can’t hang on to that kind of shit, man. Life’s too short. Things are great … We saw each other not too long ago and sat and got trashed together, drank a lot of tequila, and had a lot of fun … She bet me that more strippers would hang with her than with me.”
Grohl is also a huge fan of David Letterman, and apparently, the feeling is mutual.
“One of our first TV appearances as a band was on Letterman,” Grohl said. “We’ve been there so many times over the years, and then when he had his heart surgery, he was gone for a little while. His first show back, he requested that we come play that song Everlong because it was one of his favorite songs … He’s an iconic American. I grew up watching him.”
So who was the one bloke the Foo Fighters had no problem trash talking with the King of All Media? Keyboardist Rami Jaffee told Howard about his 25-year stint touring with Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers. Jaffee suggested Dylan’s music making ambition hardly compares with his iconic father, Bob Dylan. This is as opposed to the Foo Fighters, who are amped to get on the Sonic Highway full force.
“Some people don’t enjoy playing music as much as others,” Jaffee said. “He’s not as comfortable as other people getting out on tour and getting out in front of people.”