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Foo Fighters drummer and actual rock god on the songs that shaped his life.

The first song I remember hearing
The Kingsmen – ‘Louie Louie’
“I remember this one song as a kid and it 
just scared the s**t out 
of me. ‘Louie Louie’ or something… I don’t know, there’s just something in their voices that sounded evil to me.”

The first song I fell in love with
Olivia-Newton John – ‘Have You Never 
Been Mellow’
“I love her so much, oh my God. My daughter loves her too – we took her to see Olivia about three or four months 
ago. She’s just got this angel voice and she was just so hot when we were kids. She was the most perfect woman when 
I was, like, seven.”

The first album I 
ever bought
Queen – ‘The Game’
“The first album I purchased with my own money? I think it was Queen. It was either 
‘The Game’ or the Star Wars soundtrack – one 
or the other.”

The first gig I went to
Queen and 
Billy Squier
“It was at Irvine Meadows, which they just tore down. I was really sad about it, but I got to go play there one more time with my cover band Chevy Metal. It was September 1982, the Hot Space tour for Queen and the Emotions In Motion tour for Billy Squier. It’s the best title for a record ever. It has 
to be whispered: ‘Emotions, In Motion’.”

The song that made me want 
to drum
Queen – ‘Keep Yourself Alive’
“There’s a live version from 1979, which the band apparently hated, but I love it. It’s one of my favourite Queen records and some of Roger Taylor’s finest drumming. The Police’s ‘Zenyatta Mondatta’ is another record that made me go, ‘Wow, I want to play drums like that.’ My dream was to sing and look like Roger Taylor 
and play drums like Stewart Copeland.”

The song I do at karaoke
David Bowie – Anything
“I like to do David Bowie. He has a good range for me and I do a good David Bowie impersonation. 
I did ‘Let’s Dance’ not 
too long ago.”

The song that reminds me of joining Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters – ‘Monkey Wrench’
“When I first joined the Foo Fighters I was coming from a different angle as a drummer. 
I remember ‘Monkey Wrench’ and thinking, 
‘Oh my God, this song’s going to kill me. It’s really hard!’ But Dave [Grohl], as he always has been, was patient. He wanted me in the band.”

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