Dave Grohl has revealed how Foo Fighters bandmates William Goldsmith and Pat Smear quitting the band in 1996 and 1997 respectively devastated him at the time, and how he was still inexperienced when it came to being a frontman around The Colour and the Shape era. Grohl took a brutal shot at American Idol earlier this week.
“I hadn’t become a band leader yet. It was still this experiment. I had no idea what I was doing. I almost made that second record to prove the first one wasn’t a one-off.”
He said about the departures and drama, “It was a f**king mess. I don’t believe in the idea that conflict breeds creative results, but oh man! That was a difficult time that made for some really good songs. Again I was on someone’s fucking couch in a sleeping bag. I was basically homeless but I was free.”
Last year, William Goldsmith described the alleged ‘cruelty’ of Dave Grohl. Grohl also addressed a possible Them Crooked Vultures reunion. “Technically we’re still a band. We practice once every decade, and we’re coming up on another decade, aren’t we? I don’t have any official news but there’s always something cooking.”
He added, “Josh [Homme] is one of my best friends. We’re like brothers. We go out and have waffles together. We ride motorcycles. There is nobody I’d rather play drums with. He’s the guy.”
You can read the full interview at the Guardian. Foo Fighters are set to headline the Reading and Leeds festivals next weekend, and Dave Grohl teamed up with Rick Astley and Rami Jaffee for a set at Club NME in London on Friday. They played “Never Gonna Give You Up”, “Big Me”, “Everlong”, and “Best of You”. Astley performed with Foo Fighters as well in the past, as the band have welcomed some very interesting guests onstage in the last few years, including a guy in KISS makeup and John Travolta. A Foo Fighters member recently revealed how he rejected an offer to join Pearl Jam.