Dave Grohl Reveals Who He Beat Up At Concert: ‘He Was Trying To Steal’


In a new GQ video interview, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was asked about the last time threw a punch and meant it.

“That’s been a long time, that was in my 20’s. I think it was before I was in Nirvana, some drunk German dude was trying to steal our t-shirts out of our van or something. I beat him up.”

He also was asked about his favorite guitar soloist of all time.

“That’s tricky. Jimmy Page I think is my favorite solist. I love the way that he was always teetering on the edge of total chaos, but he he knew how to place every note in a space that really drew emotion. So when you watch a movie like The Song Remains The Same, or any live footage from 1971 or 1973, or 1975, and even the earlier stuff, he’s just going for it. It’s that sort of fearlessness that I respect most in musicians, not perfection or any sort of clean technical proficiency. I really like to see musicians right on the edge of falling apart. He did that in the most beautiful way.

That being said, there is an instrumental record by an American legend named Ry Cooder. He scored a movie called Paris, Texas in the 80’s, and the soundtrack to that film is my favorite album of all time, Paris, Texas by Ry Cooder. It sort of paints this sort of barren desert landscape, but he does it with a slide guitar. It’s just so simple and emotive, and amazing. So one of those two.”