- 27 Sep 17
It’s been a wild ride for Foo Fighters and the band’s iconic frontman Dave Grohl. As the band unleashes their ninth studio album, he talks about getting over Nirvana, the pain of losing friend Chris Cornell to suicide and how the rise of Donald Trump informed the new record.
A hell of a lot has happened since Hot Press last caught up with Foo Fighters’ leader David Grohl. A significant box on the band’s bucket list was ticked when the Foos headlined Slane in 2015. Grohl, later on that same tour, broke his leg on stage – but gamely soldiered on, performing subsequent dates from a bespoke “throne”. As befitting his status as “nicest man in rock” (see below) he afterwards loaned the chair to a similarly incapacitated Axl Rose.
More tragically, this year he suffered the loss of his old grunge pal Chris Cornell, with the Soundgarden man hanging himself in May after a gig in Detroit. Mention of the latter naturally brings a lump to the throat of the thoughtful Grohl – who has gone through the suicide wringer once already with the 1994 death of Kurt Cobain and the tragic end of Nirvana.