Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl says that he never ‘wanted to be seen as somebody political’ and the band tries to ‘do what we think is right’
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has expressed that he has never desired to be viewed as a source of political advice.
The 52-year-old multi-instrumentalist recently spoke to The Sun about several topics ranging from commenting publicly on social issues to his life as a father.
The former Nirvana drummer began the interview by distancing himself from other musicians who readily express their personal views to their fans at large.
Not interested: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl recently told The Sun that he had no interest in being seen as a source of political inspiration; he is seen performing in June
Grohl specifically noted that he previously had no intention of being perceived as a figure on whom his fans could base their own viewpoints.
‘I never wanted to be seen as somebody political or someone who is always handing out opinions,’ he noted.
The Everlong songwriter also pointed out that the Foo Fighters solely believed in being good-hearted individuals, despite what the band’s fans may understand.
‘We’re not really a political band — we try to do what we think is right but we’re not preaching to people…it can seem as though I’m always talking about the big issues because when people ask me for an opinion I tend to give one,’ he said.
Not too serious: The multi-instrumentalist told the media outlet that the Foo Fighters were ‘not really a political band’; he is seen in May
Outspoken: The former Nirvana drummer did point out that ‘when people ask me for an opinion I tend to give one’; he is seen in 2020
The Grammy-winning songwriter then told the media outlet that he was not interested in being a source of inspiration for his fans’ views.
‘I am the very last person who should be telling anyone else what to do — I get things wrong all the time. There are way better people to turn to than me,’ he noted.
The chart-topping band has previously taken actions against protestors from the Westboro Baptist Church, a hate group that has picketed several of their concerts.
The group has previously performed a parody song for the organization and covered the Bee Gees’ track You Should Be Dancing in response to their anti-LGBT views.
Taking a stance: The Foo Fighters have previously given performances in response to protests from the infamous Westboro Baptist Church; the group is seen at the 38th Brit Awards in 2018
Grohl told the media outlet that the band anticipated the Church’s negative response and that they were happy to make their concerts welcoming to all people.
Regarding the stunt, he expressed that he did not think that the group was ‘very happy about it…For us, it’s just about having some fun and doing what we believe is right.’
The musician then spoke about returning to touring after the easing of the coronavirus pandemic and remarked that the Foo Fighters were happy to be doing so.
He said, ‘I think it has brought a new energy to us after all of these years, and the connection of being at a big concert venue with thousands of fans again is just awesome. I’ve really missed it.’
Back at it: Grohl also pointed out that returning to touring has ‘brought a new energy to us after all of these years’; he is seen playing at Lollapalooza earlier this month
Grohl then compared the success of the Foo Fighters to that of his former musical outfit, which seemed to become wildly renowned out of nowhere.
‘Nirvana became huge overnight — nobody expected that — but with this band we’ve built up over time,’ he pointed out.
The singer eventually turned the topic of conversation to his home life and expressed that he still remained very down-to-earth when it came to his children.
Reflecting: The musician also briefly spoke about his older band and noted that they ‘became huge overnight’; he is seen with Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic in 1993
‘A lot of people would be surprised how wonderfully mundane my home life is…I go from playing stadiums of screaming fans to making kids’ packed lunches in my pyjamas and sending them off to school in a minivan,’ he said.
Grohl concluded the interview by noting that he was excited to finally be able to take his three daughters to concerts with him.
‘I love taking them out to shows. It’s a cool thing to do as a family,’ he remarked.
Family man: Grohl concluded the interview by pointing out that his home life was ‘wonderfully mundane’; he is seen with the other Foo Fighters members in 2014