Dave Grohl discussed losing his voice at a Foo Fighters show with Whitney Cummings in a new ‘Good For You’ podcast interview. Alternative Nation transcribed their comments about Grohl’s voice, quitting smoking, and having surgery. Grohl also discussed getting drunk during a disturbing hotel accident.
Whitney Cummings: How’s your leg?
Dave Grohl: It’s good.
Whitney: A lot of people from Des Moines want to know how your laryngitis is.
Dave: Well I used to smoke, and I stopped smoking.
Whitney: Was it hard?
Dave: I had another injury where I fell offstage again. I had to have surgery on my arm, this is right after my birthday, and I thought okay, when I’m done with the surgery thing I’m just going to stop smoking. I’ve had a couple cigarettes since then, but I was losing my voice a lot because I was smoking so much. Screaming for 3 hours a night.
Whitney: Do you have a voice coach?
Whitney: Because you’re supposed to take care of your vocal chords. If you get those nodes, you’re fucked.
Dave: Yeah. I don’t have them. I go to my guy and he says, ‘You’re lucky.’
Dave Grohl recently revealed the last drug he used. Dave and Whitney continued their discussion about quitting smoking, and Dave losing his voice at a show.
Whitney: Did you do patches?
Dave: No, I just fucked stopped. You can just stop. Like, did you smoke ever?
Whitney: No, I did vape weed a little bit a year ago, and I got bronchitis, and I was like, this isn’t right. And I was on vocal rest, Buffalo, sorry about those shows. I was on vocal rest for 6 months.
Dave: So I shit the bed in Des Moines? Damn!
Whitney: Do you want me to read the questions? People were like, he drummed in Des Moines, and I cried. He wasn’t able to sing, but he was able to drum.
Dave: Oh actually, this is one of the great things about Foo Fighters. Our drummer Taylor has a beautiful voice, is a great singer, has his own band where he drums and sings at the same time. So if my voice is gone, I just turn to him and say, ‘Just sing under everything I’m singing tonight.’ He’ll sing everything, he saves my ass.
Dave Grohl recently covered Billie Eilish for the first time ever with his daughter at a charity event.