Dave Grohl on Foo Fighters Heading into the Rock Hall, Being Part of the Nominating Committee
Dave Grohl is set to become one of the newest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame double inductees with the announcement yesterday (May 12) of the Foo Fighters being part of the Rock Hall's 2021 induction class.
Grohl told Rolling Stone, “Well, I was surprised and, of course, very appreciative. The last few months I’ve been writing this book. I’ve been looking back at the last 30 years. As I write about my childhood in Virginia leading up to joining Scream and beginning to tour the world, and then joining Nirvana, I kind of gloss over the Foo Fighters. [Laughs.]”
Grohl continued, “I don’t know why, to be honest. I just recently realized it’s been half my life since I’ve been in this band. I feel, in a way, that I’ve almost neglected how much we’ve done in the past 25 years. I think because I’m always working in a forward motion, I don’t spend too much time sitting down and looking back at what we’ve done or reflecting on our past achievements…I was just sitting down and writing a story about the time we built a studio in my basement in Virginia to make the third record. I realized, ‘F—, that was 22 years ago.’ [Laughs] It’s nuts.”
He added, “I’m mostly happy for Pat [Smear] and Nate [Mendel] and Chris [Shiflett] and Taylor [Hawkins] and Rami [Jaffee]. I don’t think any of us ever imagined that this would happen.”
Unlike his bandmates, Grohl is also a member of the Rock Hall’s nominating committee.
“I enjoy the process of all the board members getting together and sharing their knowledge and opinions. I walk away from every one of those meetings having learned something new,” said Grohl. “I consider every voice on the committee a legitimate voice. And it’s very diverse. It’s not just a bunch of rock musicians sitting around discussing whether your favorite Eighties hair-metal band should be in or not. It’s fun. I like doing it. But of course, there’s a logjam of artists that I think should be inducted right away.”
As previously reported, the Rock Hall is planning on an in-person induction ceremony with fans taking place on Saturday, October 30 at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse arena in Cleveland. Tickets are expected to go on sale in July. The 2021 Induction Ceremony will air on HBO and stream on HBO Max at a later date.