Dave Grohl Pays Tribute to Kiss at ASCAP Pop Music Awards

2015-05-04

Story by Anne Erickson

Dave Grohl says Kiss was a major musical influence on him growing up

Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl presented Kiss band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley with the Founders Award at Wednesday night’s ASCAP Pop Music Awards. Grohl started paying honor to Kiss by telling a story about the first time he ever listend to Kiss’ 1976 album, “Destroyer.”

“With nuclear anticipation, I let the needle drop on that legendary intro to ‘Detroit Rock City,’ perhaps the greatest introduction to any rock ‘n’ roll album ever recorded,” Grohl said according to Billboard. “It filled my speakers and my imagination. Thirty-four minutes later and 27 seconds later, Kiss had filled my soul. I was now a member of the infamous Kiss army.”

Grohl responded by decking out his room with Kiss gear, from action figures of the band members to posters: “Every morning, I would wake up in my tiny bedroom and take a good look at my superheroes before walking to school.”

Grohl added that Kiss got him “through those years” and inspired him “to follow this unreasonable dream of becoming a professional rock ‘n’ roll musician.”

Now, Grohl and Stanley’s children attend the same elementary school, so Grohl says his connection to Kiss is stronger than ever. Read Grohl’s rull speech via Billboard.

Foo Fighters promo photo by Brantley Gutierrez




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