Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) Pays Tribute To Trini Lopez

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) has paid tribute to Trini Lopez, who sadly passed away at the age of 83 following a battle with COVID-19. The frontman said the following:

“Today [August 11] the world sadly lost yet another legend, Trini Lopez. Trini not only left a beautiful musical legacy of his own, but also unknowingly helped shape the sound of the Foo Fighters from day one. Every album we have ever made, from the first to the latest, was recorded with my red 1967 Trini Lopez signature guitar. It is the sound of our band, and my most prized possession from the day I bought it in 1992. Thank you, Trini for all of your contributions. You will be missed by many, remembered by all. RIP Trini Lopez”

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl On Reopening Schools Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic: “It Would Be Foolish To Do So At The Expense Of Our Students, Teachers And School”

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl has shared a special audio edition of his “True Stories” series in which discusses the topic of reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. The frontman, whose mother served as a teacher for years, says “it would be foolish to [open up] at the expense of our students, teachers and school.”

Here’s an excerpt from Grohl’s discussion:

“Teachers are also confronted with a whole new set of dilemmas that most people would not consider. There’s so much more to be addressed than just opening the doors and sending [children] back home, my mother tells me on the phone. Now 82 and retired, she runs down a list of concerns based on her 35 years of experience: Masks and distancing, temperature checks, crowded bussing, crowded hallways, sports, air-conditioning systems, lunchrooms, public restrooms, janitorial staff. Most schools already struggle from a lack of resources. How can they possibly afford the mountain of safety measures that will need to be in place?”

He also added:

“Remote learning is an inconvenient and hopefully temporary solution, but as much as Donald Trump’s conductor-less orchestra would love to see the country reopen schools in the name of rosy optics, ask a science teacher what they think about White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s comment that ‘Science should not stand in the way.’ It would be foolish to do so at the expense of our students, teachers and school.”

You can listen to Grohl’s full piece below:

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Watch Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Etc. Perform “When The Saints Go Marching In”

Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Dave Matthews, Elvis Costello, Irma Thomas, and more recently teamed up for a quarantine performance of “When The Saints Go Marching In” with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. You can check that out below. The performance was part of the recent “Round Midnight Preserves” livestream, which was held to raise money for the Preservation Hall Foundation.

Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Robert Plant, Etc. Among 600 Artists Asking Congress To Save Independent Venues

600 artists have signed an open letter to Congress in an effort to help save independent music venues across the U.S. Among those who signed are Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Trent Reznor, Jack Black, Robert Plant, Josh Homme, Beartooth, Cannibal Corpse, Alter Bridge, GWAR, Halestorm, New Years Day, Power Trip, Sevendust, Whitechapel, Zakk Wylde, and tons more.

The letter said the following:

“Dear Congress:

We, the undersigned artists, respectfully submit this letter in support of NIVA’s request for federal assistance for independent music venues and promoters across the United States.

We will know America is “back” when our music venues are filled with fans enjoying concerts safely. The live music experience is inextricably tied to our nation’s cultural and economic fabric. In fact, 53% of Americans – that’s 172 million of us – attended a concert last year.

We urge you to remember we are the nation that gave the world jazz, country, rock & roll, bluegrass, hip hop, metal, blues, and R&B. Entertainment is America’s largest economic export, with songs written and produced by American artists sung in every place on the globe. All of these genres of music, and the artists behind them, were able to thrive because they had neighborhood independent venues to play in and hone their craft, build an audience, and grow into the entertainers that bring joy to millions.

Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 9 0% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again.

We are asking you to support NIVA’s request for assistance so these beloved venues can reopen when it’s safe and welcome us and our fans back in. The collapse of this crucial element in the music industry’s ecosystem would be devastating.

Independent venues are asking for an investment to secure their future, not a handout. One Chicago report found that every dollar small venues generate in ticket sales results in $12 of economic activity. If these independent venues close forever, cities and towns across America will not only lose their cultural and entertainment hearts, but they will lose the engine that would otherwise be a driver of economic renewal for all the businesses that surround them.

With respect and solidarity, we, as artists and as community members ourselves, urge you to pass federal legislation that will help #SaveOurStages.”

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) Says He Will “Absolutely” Write A Memoir One Day

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) was asked if he would ever consider writing a memoir. The frontman responded by saying he will “absolutely” write a book one day.

Grohl said the following:

“Oh absolutely. You know years ago I was at a barbecue and I met a book agent, and he said, “Have you ever considered writing a book?” and I said, “Well, of course, someday.” And he said, “It’s really easy — you’ll do four or five hours of interviews and someone else will write it in your voice and it will be great.” And I thought, “F— that!”

I come from a family of writers, and granted I’m a black sheep but I’m not that bad, my God. So I figured you know if I were to ever write a book, it would be in my hand. I’ve considered it for f—in’ years but A, I never had the time, and B, I never felt like I was ready because every day something happens that I’d love to write about, and I’d hate to write sort of a typical autobiography. So years ago I thought, “Well maybe it will just a collection of anecdotes — maybe instead of it just being my life in 300 pages it could be just funny stories.”

I mean listen, most rock musicians are great storytellers, this is true. Because most rock musicians have spent more than a few hours in the back lounge of a bus spinning yarns, swapping stories about all the different people they’ve gotten wasted with or jammed with. So there aren’t too many rock musicians that are short on great stories.”

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Pens New Op-Ed On The Return Of Live Shows In The Future

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl has penned an inspiring op-ed, titled “The Day The Live Concert Returns,” for The Atlantic. The piece finds the frontman discussing the powerful nature of concerts and what they mean to people. You can read the full article HERE and an excerpt below:

“In today’s world of fear and unease and social distancing, it’s hard to imagine sharing experiences like these ever again. I don’t know when it will be safe to return to singing arm in arm at the top of our lungs, hearts racing, bodies moving, souls bursting with life. But I do know that we will do it again, because we have to. It’s not a choice. We’re human.”

Dave Grohl On Post Malone’s Nirvana Covers Set: “They Were Killing It”

As previously reported, Post Malone recently livestreamed a Nirvana tribute set with Travis Barker (Blink-182) and more. Now, the band’s drummer Dave Grohl (also of Foo Fighters) has since praised the performance saying that the musicians killed it.

Grohl told ALT 98.7 FM the following:

“It was so weird, because I was writing… I started this Instagram page called ‘Dave’s True Stories‘, because I thought, ‘Well, I just wrote a whole record. I don’t wanna write music. And I don’t really know what else to do, so I’ll just write all these stories.’

So I’m sitting there writing one of these stories out, and someone said, ‘Hey, Post Malone is live on YouTube right now doing a whole set of Nirvana covers.’ And I’ve met him before. He’s really nice; he’s really cool. I’ve met his dad; he’s cool too. So I was, like, ‘Oh, that’s kind of cool. I’m in the middle of writing something.’ And then I started getting hit with texts, people texting me, like, ‘Yo, are you watching this Post thing?’ And I’m, like, ‘No, I’m writing right now.’

They’re, like, ‘It’s pretty good.’ I’m, like, ‘Really?’ So I keep on writing. Another text comes in, ‘Dude, are you watching this Post Malone thing?’ And I’m, like, ‘No.’ So finally I tuned it… I started watching, and first of all, watching Travis play the drums to those Nirvana songs, I was honored — I thought that was super cool.

More than the sound of it and more than the chords and whatever, it just sort of felt good. To me, it didn’t feel weird. They were killing it. So I watched a bunch of it. I was, like, ‘That was really cool.’

I don’t get to see other people do Nirvana songs often, and he seemed perfectly comfortable with it, and it sounded great… Even the die-hard Nirvana people that I know were, like, ‘Dude, he’s kind of killing it right now.’”

[via Blabbermouth]

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Surprises Frontline Healthcare Worker With “Everlong” Performance On “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

On last night’s (April 27) episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, Dave Grohl surprised TJ Riley, a huge Foo Fighters fan and nurse in Bronx, NY, with a performance of “Everlong.“ You can see footage of that below. Riley recently recovered from COVID-19 after contracting the disease while working on the frontline. In addition to the performance, Riley and his co-worker also received a monetary donation and gift packages on behalf of Life Is Good.

Foo Fighters, Royal Blood, Biffy Clyro, Etc. Members Featured On “Times Like These” Charity Single

The BBC recently brought together over 20 artists to perform Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These” for a new charity single. Now, a video for the track can be seen below. In addition to the band’s own Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, the track also features Royal Blood, Yungblud, Biffy Clyro, Chris Martin (Coldplay), 5 Seconds of Summer, Ellie Goulding, Bastille, Dua Lipa, and more. As previously reported, the UK net profits from the single will be combined with funds raised by “The Big Night In” and will be distributed between BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief. International net profits will go towards the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

Watch Footage Of Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl & Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong Performing During “iHeart Living Room Concert For America”

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) were among the artists that took part in the “iHeart Living Room Concert for America” last night (March 29). You can see footage of Grohl performing “My Hero“ and Armstrong performing “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” on the program below: