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Life, death and rock 'n' Grohl

Dave Grohl looks back on 20 years of playing music and talks about the birth of his daughter, the trapped Beaconsfield Miners and why Neil Young is his hero.

Peter Murphy, 10 Oct 2007



For Grohl’s songs to have had such a fundamental resonance still gives him pause for thought. Indeed, one can’t hear the story without remembering Luke Kelly’s version of ‘Springhill Mine Disaster’, with it’s lines: “We’ve no more water or light or bread/So we’ll live on songs and hope instead.”

“Music has obviously had a profound impact on my life over the years,” he says, “but to consider something that I’ve done to have that same impact, that power, is strange, personally. I don’t think about it that way. But when I heard about the Beaconsfield guys, someone sent me an email from Australia and told me what was going on, I mean the back story is incredible, but these guys are good guys, y’know? And they made it through a situation like that because they’re good guys. So I was honoured to be able to put that song on the record.

“And that was a huge moment for me because for once… it was really the first time that I felt like what we do is maybe bigger than pyrotechnics and lasers and beers backstage. It felt like what we do had been legitimised. I was really touched, I was very moved, and I wanted to pay tribute to or honour these guys for giving me something that no one else has ever given me before.”b

Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace is out now on Sony/BMG


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