It’s all because of Freak Baby. Before Coldplay-hating, earthquake-causer Dave Grohl fought foo and played in Nirvana, he was a member of Freak Baby, a Washington D.C.-based punk band that basically broke up before they even started. But it was in Freak Baby that Grohl switched from guitar to drums (you can read the full account here), which eventually led to the reformed Mission Impossible, which led to Fast, which led to Dain Bramage, which led to Scream, which led to Nirvana, which led to the Foo Fighters, which led to a million other bands, including the Sound City Players, which led to Grohl’s Reddit Ask Me Anything session over the weekend.
Here are the best moments from the AMA, which covered everything from chicken to Fugazi, two of life’s greatest pleasures.
I asked my 6 year old Son if he had a question for Dave and he came up with this:
Remember Thomas Jefferson High? The school that you attended and where you started the still continuing tradition of blasting music in the morning? Would you like to visit us? I will give you a tour and if you get lucky we’ll take you out to 5 Guys.
I would love to! There’s a pic of me there.. anybody have it?
How was working with Jack Black and Kyle Gass? Will you be working on more Tenacious D records with them in the future?
So hard to play the drums when you’re laughing hysterically and tears are rolling down you cheeks. Maybe the hardest gig ever. And: YES
When you’re at a concert, what’s the first thing that goes on your mind?
If it’s my concert – where’s catering. If it’s a Sound Garden concert – where’ the tequila.
My friends made a band and can’t think of a name, any suggestions?
How about The Uninspired?
If you were president what are the first 3 things you’d do?
1. change the way people decide who is president.
Do you think “Grunge” will ever make a comeback? If so what are your thoughts on that?
If you mean loud ass guitars, loud ass drums, and screaming ass vocals? That never went away ding dong.
HOW DO YOU GET YOUR BEARD SO LUSCIOUS
What was it like to counter-protest the Westboro Baptist Church? You guys did a kickass job with your delivery. Why the fuck were they even protesting in the first place?
Look. I’m going to hell anyway, might as well go out in style…
What’s the most passionate crowd you’ve ever played for?
Auckland, New Zealand. We triggered a seismic event with our show.
In a Yahoo Music chat in 1999 I asked: “If Foo Fighters had to have Spice Girl-like nicknames what ‘Foo’ would you be?” At the time you said ‘Scary Foo’ what about 14 years later?
Probably, Posh Foo..
Weirdest thing you have owned or own currently?
Brian Mayes underpants
If you could eat one thing and only ONE thing, what would it be?
Fried fucking chicken.
Hey Dave, I’ve seen the band twice and you guys are by far my favourite live band. My question is, what is your favourite smoothie to make? Also, how skilled are you at drawing? Thanks!
I serve my kids something from a cup – I don’t exactly smash bananas, and I’m really good at drawing dicks.
What’s the best advice to give to a 17 year old drummer?
Listen to Back in Black
Hey Dave, I’m from Northern Virginia, and you’re my hero. You’ve had such a huge impact and been a role model to me and others, which got me wondering: Who was your hero? I know in My Hero you refer to the ordinary heroes out there, but was there any specific person, musical or not, who made you a significantly better man?
i think my biggest musical hero growing up was probably Ian MacKaye he set a great example for all of us local musicians. still to this day i see him as the best example of a right-on musician.
That’s actually Guy Picciotto, but it’s still Fugazi, so close enough. (Via)
16-year-old here, how can I convince my mother to let me go see the Sound City Players in NYC next week?
Tell her Stevie Nicks will be there!
Hey Dave, you are known as the nicest man in rock, but if you could pass that title onto anyone else, who would you choose?