Upcoming John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) Biography To Include Foreword By Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)

Hachette Books will be releasing a new John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) biography, titled “Beast: John Bonham And The Rise Of Led Zeppelin,” on September 7. The book was written by music journalist C.M. Kushins and it will include a foreword by Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters).

A description of the book was shared on hachettebooks.com:

“‘Beast: John Bonham And The Rise Of Led Zeppelin’ is the first-ever biography of the iconic John Bonham, considered by many to be one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) rock drummer of all time. Bonham first learned to play the drums at the age of five, and despite never taking formal lessons, began drumming for local bands immediately upon graduating from secondary school. By the late 1960s, Bonham was looking for a more solid gig in order to provide his growing family with a more regular income. Meanwhile, following the dissolution of the popular blues rock band The Yardbirds, lead guitarist Jimmy Page sought the company of new bandmates to help him record an album and tour Scandinavia as the New Yardbirds. A few months later, Bonham was recruited to join the band who would eventually become known as Led Zeppelin-and before the year was out, Bonham and his three bandmates would become the richest rock band in the world.

In their first year, Led Zeppelin released two albums and completed four US and four UK concert tours. As their popularity exploded, they moved from ballrooms and smaller clubs to larger auditoriums, and eventually started selling out full arenas. Throughout the 1970s, Led Zeppelin reached new heights of commercial and critical success, making them one of the most influential groups of the era, both in musical style and in their approach towards the workings of the entertainment industry. They added extravagant lasers, light shows, and mirror balls to their performances; wore flamboyant and often glittering outfits; traveled in a private jet airliner and rented out entire sections of hotels; and soon become the subject of frequently repeated stories of debauchery and destruction while on tour. In 1977, the group performed what would be their final live appearance in the US, following months of rising fervor and rioting from their fandom. And in September of 1980, Bonham-plagued by alcoholism, anxiety, and the after-effects of years of excess-was found dead by his bandmates.

To this day, Bonham is posthumously described as one of the most important, well-known, and influential drummers in rock, topping best of lists describing him as an inimitable, all-time great. As Adam Budofsky, managing editor of Modern Drummer, explained, ‘If the king of rock ‘n’ roll was Elvis Presley, then the king of rock drumming was certainly John Bonham.'”

Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones) & Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) Team Up For New Song “Eazy Sleazy”

Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones) and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) have joined forces for a new song titled “Eazy Sleazy.” You can find a lyric video for that track below:

Jagger told Rolling Stone the following about the song, which he describes as a “piss-take on conspiracy theories”:

“I wrote the lyrics really quickly: Just the pandemic and hopefully coming out of the pandemic; the-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel chorus. It sounded really good and I thought, ‘You gotta put it out now because it’s not gonna be any good in three or six months.’ I said, ‘I’d love to do it with someone really great and is working from home.’

I knew Dave and [Foo Fighters] just put out an album so I knew he got that out of the way. I phoned Dave up and said, ‘Dave, would you be interested?’ He said [puts on American accent], ‘Yeah, I’m really bored!’ ‘You just put an album out.’ ‘I’m really bored! I want to do it. I want to work!’ I said, ‘Fine, I’ll send you the song.’ It was all done quite quickly. Dave likes it ’cause it rocks hard. I like to rock hard, too, so it feels good in that way.”

He also added:

“I wrote most of the music first with some of the lyrics and then I just went and filled in the blanks. But yeah, it’s a reflection on the last year; the physical and mental strains put on society. The whole year, we’ve been doing this and going through different emotions through it and having false starts and stops and openings and closings.

[Laughs] End of last summer, everything seemed to be going well and people were out and about and great and then, especially in Europe, everything’s shut down again and you haven’t had any kind of social interaction. It’s a long time for people to have to endure that. [Also] the deep psychological ramifications of it on people and children not going to school and not socializing. We don’t know what they’re really going to be [long-term].”

Grohl also commented on working with Jagger:

“It’s hard to put into words what recording this song with Sir Mick Jagger means to me. It’s beyond a dream come true. Just when I thought life couldn’t get any crazier……and it’s the song of the summer, without a doubt!!”

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) Shares Trailer For “What Drives Us” Documentary

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) has shared a new trailer for his upcoming documentary “What Drives Us.” The film, which “explores motivations, recounts personal anecdotes, and explores the physical and psychological toll of touring in vans via interviews with members of van tour veteran bands,” will be released on April 30 through Amazon’s “The Coda Collection.” Grohl commented:

“This film is my love letter to every musician that has ever jumped in an old van with their friends and left it all behind for the simple reward of playing music. What started as a project to pull back the curtain on the DIY logistics of stuffing all of your friends and equipment into a small space for months on end eventually turned into an exploration of “why?” What drives us?”

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) To Release New Book “The Storyteller – Tales Of Life And Music” In October

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) will be releasing a new book titled “The Storyteller – Tales Of Life And Music” on October 5 via Dey Street Books. The effort will feature various stories from the musician’s life and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

Grohl commented:

“There is a common thread that runs throughout everything that I do: storytelling. Whether in song, documentary film or on the page, I have always felt compelled to share moments from my life. This inclination is a huge part of what excites me creatively but also as a human being. In March 2020, realizing that my day job with the Foo Fighters was going to go on hold, I started an Instagram account (@davestruestories) and decided to focus all of my creative energy on writing some of my stories down, something I love doing but I’ve never really had the time for.

I soon found that the reward I felt every time I posted a story was the same as the feeling I get when playing a song to an audience, so I kept on writing. The response from readers was a soul-filling as any applause in an arena. So, I took stock of all the experiences I’ve had in my life-incredible, difficult, funny and emotional-and decided it was time to finally put them into words. Now with the amazing people at Dey Street Books I’m excited and honored to announce ‘The Storyteller‘, a collection of memories of a life lived loud.

From my early days growing up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, to hitting the road at the age of 18, and all the music that followed, I can now share these adventures with the world, as seen and heard from behind the microphone. Turn it up!”

A preview of the book can be found below:

Foo Fighters, Ghost, Korn, Etc. Members Take Part In Auction For Roadie Relief

Members of Foo Fighters, Ghost, Korn, KISS, 311, and more have contributed signed items to a silent auction in an effort to raise money for Roadie Relief. The auction will run through April 14 at 32auctions.com.

Here’s the various items up for auction:

01. Tommy Thayer (KISS) personally signed signature series Epiphone Les Paul.
02. Phil X (Bon Jovi) signed Gibson Les Paul Jr.
03. Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) piano black Gretsch Drum kit he used at Wembley Stadium in 2008 with All Access laminate from the show.
04. Papa Emeritus IV (Ghost) signed Hagstrom Phantom guitar.
05. A 30 min one on one Zoom with PNUT of 311.
06. 5 different Faith No More bundles that have signed poster, guitar pics and after show pass.
07. Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) signed cymbal (used at last Rage show).
08. 2 – 311 band signed posters.
09. Queen + Adam Lambert signed show poster from their last show plus a pair of Roger Taylor’s drum sticks.
10. Ray Luzier (Korn) signed snare drum (his signature series custom hard shell snare case also signed by him).
11. Metallica bundle including show poster, pair of Lars Ulrich’s used drum Sticks, and one of Lars’s custom snare drum Heads
12. Live performance photographs from shows including: Lemmy (Motörhead), Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Flint (Prodigy), Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses), Cardinal Copia (Ghost), and Tom Petty.
13. 311 signed skate deck.
14. Artist Thomas Estrada donated custom art commission to winning bidder.
15. Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) signed custom guitar pedal + guitar pics.
16. Avenged Sevenfold signed record.
17. Several concert collectors posters: Pearl Jam, Soundgarden (and more to come).
18. Darkglass Electronics 500 v1 bass amp
19. Aric Improta (Fever 333) custom art work drum head signed by him
20. Ray Luzier (Korn) signed drum head and pair of sticks
21. Foo Fighters Bundle – Taylor Hawkins’ sticks, Dave Grohl’s sweat band and guitar pic and 2 all access laminates.
22. Custom hand made guitar used on episodes of Couch Riffs.

Dave Grohl And His Mother To Host “From Cradle To Stage” TV Show On Paramount+

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) and his mother Virginia Hanlon Grohl will be hosting a new six-part series based on Virginia’s book “From Cradle To Stage: Stories From The Mothers Who Rocked And Raised Rock Stars.” Dave will direct the show, which is set to premiere on Paramount+. Each episode will find famous musicians and their mothers discussing their lives. Bruce Gilmer, ViacomCBS president of music, music talent, programming and events, commented:

“We are thrilled to re-invent some of our most storied and impactful music franchises, including ‘Behind The Music’ and ‘Yo! MTV Raps’, for Paramount+. In addition, we will partner with some of the biggest names across the music industry to bring exclusive and unique content to the platform, such as Dave Grohl’s ‘Cradle To Stage’ based on his mom’s critically acclaimed book, and many more to come.”

[via Deadline]

Watch Footage Of Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha & Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Performing With Scream In 1994

hate5six have shared some footage of Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha performing “Human Behavior“ with Scream during an August 23, 1994 show at the Dragonfly in Los Angeles, CA. You can check that out below. Notably, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) used to be a member of Scream and was reportedly on drums that night. The clip with Zack de la Rocha can be seen below and further footage from the set can be found HERE.

[via The PRP]

Watch Foo Fighters Perform “Waiting On A War” On “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Foo Fighters performed their song “Waiting On A War” during last night’s (February 8) episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” That track is from the band’s latest album “Medicine At Midnight.” On another note, Dave Grohl also appeared as a guest on the show and discussed a variety of topics including being rejected by David Bowie, the difficulties of drumming and singing at the same time, and more.

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Thanks Supporters Of The Save Our Stages Act

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl has shared a thank you letter that he wrote for the supporters of the Save Our Stages Act. The initiative recently passed as part of the $900 billion stimulus deal, which includes “$15 billion in dedicated funding for live venues, independent movie theaters, and cultural institutions.”

Grohl said the following:

“A huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported the Save Our Stages Act, which passed yesterday as a part of the economic stimulus bill.

The preservation of America’s smaller, independent venues is not only crucial to the millions of concert goers whose lives are bettered by experiencing their favorite artists in the flesh, but to the future of music itself, as it gives the next generation of young musicians a place to cut their teeth, hone their craft, and grow into the voices of tomorrow.

The absence of live music this year has left us all longing for that communal feeling of connection, one that is best felt when joined in a song. The Save Our Stages Act brings us one step closer to sharing that feeling again, one that I hope we can all experience again very soon. Everyday we’re one step closer.

See you there, Dave”.

Watch Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) Perform “Little Drummer Boy” With The Bird And The Bee On “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and The Bird And The Bee performed their cover of “The Little Drummer Boy” on last night’s (December 17) episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!.” You can see footage of that below. The studio version of the track appears on The Bird And The Bee’s holiday album “Put The Lights Up,” which was released earlier this year.