The Silver Tongue Of Dave Grohl - 35 Best Quotes

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The Silver Tongue Of Dave Grohl - 35 Best Quotes

Foo Fighters are rising again. The band have teased fans with the fact that "big news" is coming on Monday (August 11). To celebrate, here's 30 of frontman Dave Grohl's most candid and provocative quotes. "TV talent shows make everyone sound like fucking Christina Aguilera," he observed in March 2013.

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The Silver Tongue Of Dave Grohl - 35 Best Quotes

"It’s YOUR VOICE. Cherish it. Respect it. Nurture it. Challenge it. Stretch it and scream until it’s fucking gone because everyone is blessed with at least that, and who knows how long it will last."

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The Silver Tongue Of Dave Grohl - 35 Best Quotes

"Foo Fighters is the stupidest fucking name."

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"Heavy Metal would not exist without Led Zeppelin, and if it did, it would suck."

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"How could you not want to do this? I get to sit around and talk about rock’n’roll all day, then go play music with my friends and laugh my arse off backstage, until it’s time to have a beer and get 80,000 people to sing with me. That’s not work!"

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“I'm so not macho. It's crazy. My man cave is so not a man cave.”

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"I can truly say out loud that 'Gangnam Style' is one of my favourite fucking songs of the past decade. Is it any better or worse than the latest Atoms for Peace album?"

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On Foo Fighters: "You have to understand, we're a really simple band. We think we suck and we try really hard to make good records and we practice. We don't feel like the biggest, best band in the world. We just feel like the same five dorks that were touring in a van 17 years ago, that hasn't changed."

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"My diarrhoea once caused a riot in Japan. I had to retreat from a live performance because of 'technical difficulties'!"

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"I bought the first Metallica record the month it came out, I am a die-hard fan and you will have to pry their CDs from my cold dead hands."

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"Barry Manilow is the coolest motherfucker in the world."

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On having fun with Nirvana: "There was this stuff that they used to clean the tape heads in the studio, and it was like pure alcohol and incredibly flammable. And so we started doing things like pouring it on someone's leg and lighting their leg on fire, or pouring it on someone's boot. I poured some on my head."

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"I quit doing drugs when I was 20. I never got into heroin, never did pills. I did a lot of acid, smoked a lot of weed, had a lot of fun."

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"There’s a band in a garage right now writing songs for an album that will do the same thing Nevermind did some 20 years ago. We don’t know who and where, but it will fucking happen again. All it takes is for that storm to break."

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"I don't want to say that most rock bands live these formulaic biography existences - but they kinda do. There's always a divorce. There's always an OD. There's always a bad business manager. That story has been told a thousand times."

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On family life: "What would Lenny Kravitz say if he knew I was turning up to a show like this in a rented van, with my kids?"

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"When I meet young musicians and they fuck themselves up because they've read too many rock'n'roll biographies, it makes me a little sad. There's other ways of doing it - you don't have to get strung out on heroin to write a good song."

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On his childhood: "I never needed much, and I never thought I'd get more than what I had. A trip to Burger King was the biggest thing in the world to me. Heaven."

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"We [Nirvana] were real and visceral, fucked-up and ugly. That was what people were craving. And that will never go away."

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On his first trip to the UK: "I didn't realise it [tea] had caffeine in it. After seven cups I thought I was going to have a heart attack."

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His views on talent shows: "I think people should feel encouraged to be themselves. That's what bums me out about those shows where people are judged so harshly by fucking musicians that hardly even play an instrument on their own fucking albums. It makes me really mad."

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"The late '80s was full of over-produced pop that kids had nothing to grab hold of. You had a bunch of formulaic pop songstress bullshit, and music was boring."

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"I don't believe in guilty pleasures, you know. I believe you should be able to like what you like, if you like a fucking Ke$ha song, listen to fucking Ke$ha."

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"I love everything about my job, except being away from the kids. The day I was leaving, my daughter said, 'Daddy, I want you to wear this [points to ring]. And every time you miss me, look at this ring and just know that I love you so much'. She's not even five! I was blown away."

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"I'm not allergic to fashion. I'm just one of those people who when they put on a suit look like they're going to a funeral or to court."

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On the last thing he said to Kurt Cobain: "I called Kurt after Rome. [In March, 1994, during a European tour, Cobain overdosed on pills and alcohol in a hotel in Rome. Nirvana returned to Seattle, where Cobain died a month later.] I said, 'Hey, man, that really scared everybody. And I don't want you to die'."

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On kicking a fan out at the iTunes Festival show in 2011: "You don't fucking fight at my show you asshole. Let me see him, who's fighting right now? It's that guy in the striped shirt. Hey motherfucker look at me, get the fuck out of my show right now."

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"I once received a cape [from a fan] that was made from the little purple bags that Crown Royal Whisky comes in. I know! I used to wear it but I don't anymore."

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“When Kurt died I was lost. I was numb. The music I had devoted my life to had now betrayed me. I had no voice. I turned off the radio. I put away my drums. I couldn’t bear to hear someone else’s voice singing about pain, or joy.”

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"I don't think there's anything wrong with rock at all. It's overlooked. And right now, the current musical climate is not unlike it was back in 1991, right before Nirvana got popular."

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His idea for Justin Bieber’s next album cover: "It's Justin in a tuxedo, sitting at a McDonald's and it's just called 'Eating Out'."

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On why making a documentary about Sound City is most important to him: "People say, ‘Well wait a minute you were in Nirvana and you sold a billion records.’ Well f***king who cares how many records I sold?"

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"I mean, I never liked being told what to do. It’s one of the reasons I dropped out of school. Give me something to assemble, I won’t look at the directions, I’ll try to figure it out by myself. It’s why I love Ikea furniture."

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"Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that's the most important thing for people to do. It's not about being perfect, it's not about sounding absolutely correct, it's not about what goes on in a computer. It's about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head]."

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