The wisdom of Dave Grohl



To celebrate him being crowned as the Shockwaves NME Awards' Godlike Genius 2011, we're looking back at Dave Grohl's best quotes. Here he is on the afterlife: “I’d like to imagine I won’t end up in hell, but I think I’ve done too much acid and listened to too much death metal to sit on a cloud next to God with angels floating above my head.” (Maxim, 2007) Pic: Sebastian Artz

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Dave Grohl, Jack Black, Paul McCartney and Charlie Haden are shown backstage at the 51st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
On his TV habits: “I’m in love with the Bravo channel. I dig a lot of the metrosexual shows: 'Top Chef', 'Project Runway'. I do a little 'America’s Next Top Model' every now and then, but that’s just the womanizer in me. I like to see those girls strut.” (Maxim, December 2007). Pic: PA Photos

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American rock band Nirvana photographed in the studio
On women: “Women don’t look at me like I’m Fabio; they look at me like I’m Duckie from 'Pretty In Pink'.” (Maxim, December 2007) Pic: PA Photos

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Dave Grohl, the drummer for Nirvana performing live in concert in Paris. Getty
On death: “My fantasy is that I’ll die under a massive concrete slab with razor blades sticking out of it. It would kill me instantly and rip me to pieces. A lot of cleanup, but only a little pain.” (Maxim, December 2007). Pic: PA Photos


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606 (Foo Fighters secret gig) performing at the V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex. Pa Photos
On drummers: “What’s the last thing a drummer says in a band? ‘Hey guys, why don’t we try one of my songs?’” (Q, 1995). Pic: PA Photos



On his short attention span: “I'm like a hyperactive child. I’m a big fucking spaz. It’s tough to go to sleep at night, and I wake up after five hours because I feel like I’m wasting time. I just sit up at night and think about what I can do next. Next!” (SPIN, June 2005).




On which lyric he wishes he had written: “ ‘Do do do/ Do do do do,’ Third Eye Blind, ‘Semi-Charmed Life’.” (SPIN, 1997). Pic: PA Photos




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On tour riders: “I have friends who work at clubs, and they keep the riders that bands send and tack them on the fuckin’ wall so I see the most ridiculous riders - fifteen boxes of Kleenex, a box of rubbers, some clean white socks, some underwear. Buy your own fucking socks, man!” (Metal Hammer, 1998). Pic: Danny North

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PA PHOTOS / CP - UK USE ONLY : Dave Grohl of the band Foo Fighters poses in Toronto. "We're going to be live guys, so don t screw up," a smirking Grohl tells the 100 fans standing in the MuchMusic studio audience minutes before a live show. Considering the tumultuous year the 33-year-old Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer has gone through, it seems like a fair request.
On divorcing his first wife, Jennifer Youngblood: “I was 25, my wife was even younger. We weren’t ready to get married. I miss her a tonne, she’s the funniest goddamn weirdo you ever met in your life. Absolutely adorable. It would have been better had we not got married. But you live and you learn.” (Melody Maker, 1999). Pic: PA Photos

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EXCLUSIVE. (L-R) Dave Grohl, Fergie and Taylor Hawkins pose for a portrait during nomination announcements for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.
On bad habits: “Gee I don’t know. Burping onstage? That’s a good thing! Burping onstage usually generates more applause than our fucking music." (Melody Maker, 1999). Pic: PA Photos

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Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, on the first night of their British tour, in concert at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester.
On his nicknames: “My parents were going to call me Hans, so at school everybody called me Hans Grohlo. These days everyone calls me Disco.” (Select, 1999). Pic: PA Photos

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Queens of the Stone Age featuring Dave Grohl at a sound check before their gig at the Troubadour in LA
On his first tattoo: “I did it myself. It was supposed to be a band logo (Black Flag) but I never finished it. I wanted to remove it after a month because it was ugly and I looked like a convict." (FHM, 2000) Pic: PA Photos

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(Left to right) Brandon Flowers of the Killers, Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters pictured during the GQ Men Of The Year Awards after party at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, central London. Getty
On his appearance: “I think I have bland features which don’t really stand out at all. I don’t think I’m ugly, I just look normal. I don’t think about it that often.” (Melody Maker, 2000). Pic: PA Photos

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Dave Grohl, of the Foo Fighter accepts the award for best rock album for "Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace" at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
On Americans: “I think Americans tend to beat the shit out of each other and rape people and stuff, where everywhere else people dance and have fun.” (Melody Maker, 2000). Pic: PA Photos

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Music group Foo Fighters are photographed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007. From left are Chris Shiflett, Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl and Nate Mendel. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
On weird fans: “Just the other day someone threw a bra duct-taped to a tennis ball. I just stood there, playing guitar, thinking how this was totally premeditated. Some girl sat around inventing a way to get her bra onstage from 40 rows back." (Melody Maker, 2000).


Dave Grohl, left, and Slash pose during the BMG party held at the Avalon in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004.
On his personality: “Nervous. I’m kind of a weirdo socially. I’m kind of a loner too, but I do enjoy people’s company. I may be sociable but not social.” (Kerrang!, 2000). Pic: PA Photos

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Dave Grohl and wife at the VH1 Rock Honors tribute to The Who at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
On plastic surgery: “I'd get my nostrils tightened, because they are a little large. I’ve had a complex about them since I was 12, and Bobby St Francis, my sister’s friend, said he could see my brain through my nostrils.” (, 2000). Pic: PA Photos

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Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters photographed performing live at T in the Park in Balado, Scotland. Press
On his party-trick: “I can speak with a whistle. It's hard to explain, but I can speak without using my voice. I can speak while whistling. I've never seen anyone else do it." (Q, 2003). Pic: PA Photos

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On drugs and music: “Musicians are all about escapism. The best musicians are dreamers. When I was a teenager I was really into weed, and I fucking loved acid. It gave me license to go insane for eight hours.” (Playboy, 2003).

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Dave Grohl of the Crooked Vultures perform on the NME/Radio 1 stage
On his stalker: “Six months ago there was some lunatic who wanted to fly out to LA with a knife. She had a map of my house and said she was going to kill me, then herself. The FBI locked her up. I was like, ‘What? I didn't fuck her, did I?’” (FHM, 2005). Pic: PA Photos

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Dave Grohl (l) and Bobby Gillespie at the afterparty for the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2008, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.
On happiness: “A decent breakfast, a nice swim, a cold beer and good company. These are the things that make me happy.” (The Observer, 2007). Pic: PA Photos

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performing on stage
On his pet peeve: “I hate audible chewing. Not so much jaws clicking but the sound of food being processed by your teeth and tongue. That makes me want to punch a wall. I can't stand it.” (The Observer, 2007). Pic: PA Photos

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is flanked by Tenacious D stars Jack Black (l) and Kyle Gass (r)
On porn: “Japanese hotel porn is creepy because it doesn't look like anyone is enjoying what they're doing. They make it seem like crime, and I'm not into that.” (The Observer, 2007). Pic: PA Photos


On heavy metal: "Are the Foo Fighters heavy metal? No, we’re a fucking rock band, just like Nirvana were a rock band. When I think of heavy metal, I think of Poison, Dokken and Motley Crue - really shit bands.” (Kerrang!, December 1997). Pic: Danny North

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