Dave Grohl was asked in a new Japanese interview if he imagined Foo Fighters lasting this long when he started the band. Grohl also claimed that kids like Nirvana more than Foo Fighters, at least when it comes to fans wearing shirts at Foo Fighters shows.
“No, when we first started playing, we knew we wanted to be a band, but we couldn’t imagine. It’s funny, there are times where I’ll meet people, they know about the Foo Fighters, but they don’t realize I was in Nirvana.
But then also, our audience has been around for so long that now parents bring their kids to shows. You would imagine it would be the parents with the Nirvana shirts and the kids with the Foo Fighters, but it’s actually the opposite. The parents are wearing Foo shirts, and the kids are wearing Nirvana shirts. Nirvana is like classic rock now to some people.”
Grohl also discussed Lorne Michaels calling him a few years ago and asking Foo Fighters to be Mick Jagger’s backing band in a new Beats 1 broadcast with Lars Ulrich (via Rolling Stone).
Grohl wanted to help but realized he had a gig the same night as the broadcast, and his manager told him he wasn’t allowed to cancel the show. So they took a helicopter. “We soundchecked or whatever, flew over, did a two-and-a-half–hour gig and flew back and jammed with them,” he said. “And then since it was the season finale, they were having a party out in that square with the ice rink right next door or whatever and they’re like, ‘Would [Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins’ cover band] Chevy Metal play the party?’ So we’re like, ‘Yeah.’
“We said to Mick, ‘Hey, would you wanna come up and maybe do “Bitch” with us?'” he continued. “And he was like, ‘Yeah, we’ll see how it feels.’ And then the party starts and we see him and we’re like, ‘Pleeeease, Mick Jagger,’ and he came up and did ‘Bitch’ and it was amazing. He was so on it and the audience was like, ‘Oh, my God,’ and we just go straight into ‘Miss You’ to make sure he doesn’t leave the stage and it was nuts because you don’t realize how Mick – he’s super cool. He’s a great guy.”