Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters: I’m Hungry for Live Rock ‘n’ Roll


Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has written an essay about his yearning for the kind of live music that “makes your heart race, your body move and your soul stir with passion”

If there’s one guy out there who people look to when it comes to information about rock ‘n’ roll, that’s Dave Groh. The Foo Fighters frontman is speaking out about the future of live music amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in an in-depth essay published by The Atlantic.

In the letter, Grohl describes the COVID-19 crisis as reducing “today’s live music to unflattering little windows that look like doorbell security footage and sound like Neil Armstrong’s distorted transmissions from the moon, so stuttered and compressed.”

“I’m hungry for a big old plate of sweaty, ear-shredding, live rock and roll, ASAP,” Grohl added. “The kind that makes your heart race, your body move, and your soul stir with passion.”

Grohl continues the message with some personal stories about his favorite concerts as a music fan, including U2’s Elevation Tour in 2001. As for his own performance memories, he remembers the time Bruce Springsteen attended a Foo Fighters show in Vancouver and told Grohl how he appreciated “the rapport we seem to have with our audience.”

“When asked where he watched the show from, he said that he’d stood in the crowd, just like everyone else,” Grohl stated. “Of course he did. He was searching for that connection too.”

Grohl goes on to clarify that he’s not looking to bring back live concerts right now. He wants shows to return only when it’s safe.

“I don’t know when it will be safe to return to singing arm in arm at the top of our lungs, hearts racing, bodies moving, souls bursting with life,” he says. “But I do know that we will do it again, because we have to.”



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