Foo Fighters frontman and iconic drummer of Nirvana Dave Grohl was on the Bon Appétit Foodcast recently to promote his new Backbeat BBQ company. During the show, Grohl revealed he used to live next to the late Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty, along with a who’s who of Rock icons and legends. Including running to them at the grocery store. Alternative Nation transcribed Grohl’s comments.
Grohl: When we first moved here, at the grocery store I would bump into people like [Reinhold] Mack, the German guy that produced a bunch of Queen records or Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics, he used to live right down the street. Tom Petty lived two blocks away, [Ronnie James] Dio lived a block away.
Host: Ronnie James!
Grohl: Yeah dude! Like this hood was where rock dudes would go.
Host: Rock Canyon and you didn’t know that when you moved?
Grohl: Not at all! I just saw this house and was like: “How much is this? Fuck it, let’s get it, this is great”
During the same show, Grohl shared a story about how drinking too much coffee made him think he was losing his mind, and he said it made him feel like he was on crack cocaine. Alternative Nation transcribed Grohl’s comments.
Grohl: I don’t know if you’re familiar but there once was this YouTube video that was called Fresh Pots, which has millions and millions of views and I’ll tell you why. I was in this band called Them Crooked Vultures with Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin. So we were making that record and I was drinking so much coffee, I was actually making two records and having my second child at the same time. So I was sleeping four hours a night, I’m an insomniac, I was sleeping four hours a night. I’d not sleep and I’d drink a pot of coffee by myself. Following this, I would go to the studio and drink another pot of coffee, working on this Foo Fighters thing. In between coffee, I would drink this Tejevas stuff. It’s like tea, free based tea.
Host: Hot coffee, cold tea,
Grohl: Hot coffee and cold tea in between, then I would have another pot, go to the Vultures studio and drink another pot so in a day I was drinking – no exaggeration, three to four pots of coffee. I would then get home from the studio at one o’ clock in the morning and be like: “why can’t I sleep?” and I would try to fucking sleep for four hours, wake up and do it all again.
Grohl: So, while I was drinking all that coffee, this friend of ours is making a documentary of us making the record. So he was getting all of this on film and I was losing my fucking mind, I was spazzing out hardcore.
Host: Were your eyes twitching?
Grohl: No, I felt like I was on crack like I was out of my fucking mind.