Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl: ‘The music industry needs more people like Adele’

Singer also says that rock'n'roll isn't in any danger of dying just yet

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has claimed that if all albums were as good as Adele‘s ’21’ then the music industry “would be on fire”.

Talking to Billboard, the singer said that poor record sales were the result of lacklustre LP’s rather than a lack of interest in music, and suggested that people would always be willing to buy “great” albums.

With ’21’ recently announced as the biggest selling LP in the US in 2011, Grohl said: “Someone asked me recently, ‘What do you think the problem with the music industry is?’


“I said, take the Adele record, for example. It’s an amazing record and everybody’s so shocked that it’s such a phenomenon. I’m not. You know why that record’s huge? Because it’s fucking good and it’s real.”

He went on to add:

Now imagine if all records were that good. Do you think only one of them would sell? Fuck no! All of them would. If all records were that good the music business would be on fire, but they’re not.

However, Grohl dismissed the idea that the popularity of rock music was on the wane or needed saving, and insisted that there will “always be rock’n’roll bands”. He said: “For years, usually about once a year, you have a rock band that comes out and says, ‘We’re gonna save rock’n’roll’, and then you’ll read an article asking, ‘Is Rock Dead?’

“It’s never gone away in my world. Ask the guys in AC/DC whether they think rock’n’roll is dead,” he added.

Foo Fighters recently confirmed they are planning to head into the studio to record a new album this year. The band only released their latest studio effort ‘Wasting Light’ in April 2011 but Grohl revealed on the band’s official blog that he has already started compiling ideas for new songs.

The band have been nominated for six gongs including Album Of The Year for ‘Wasting Light’ at the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which takes place on February 12 in Los Angeles.