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So many frontmen in the modern era have fully embraced the full-on rockstar mentality and all the BS and bravado it comes with. But not Grohl. In a 2014 interview with 60 Minutes, he said, “Listen—any fucking rockstar that calls themselves a rockstar is a complete asshole. There’s no fucking way I’ll say, ‘Oh yeah, I’m a rockstar.’ You just can’t do that.” And the thing is: I have absolutely no reason not to believe him. worldwide over the last two decades. Stunning. And to go back to the William Goldsmith stuff, I have to sort of give him a pass on that now. For someone who was one of the most respected rock drummers on the planet at that point, I sort of get why he did what he did. Having everything “just right” was of the utmost importance—even if it meant going back and doing it himself. Was it a nice thing to do? Absolutely not. But I’m guessing he learned from it. Watch any interview with him and he seems like a fairly normal guy. Somebody you’d want to hang out and jam with. One of my favorite glimpses into the Grohl persona is the black-and-white Off Camera session he did with Sam Jones. You can find clips on YouTube, but he talks about how he approaches the guitar, the industry and the musical process in an open, honest and refreshing way. He just loves it. Not to mention—and this hits home for me in a new way now—he comes off as a caring dad, as well. In that same 60 Minutes interview he talks about his family and quips toward the end, “I just want to get home safe now. I just want play my music and go home.” Then there’s the early goofball music videos, the Probot, Tenacious D and Queens of the Stone Age experiments, the polarizing Foo Fighters double album, the politicization of his music—and most recently—the development of Sonic Highways, a musical journey that took Grohl and Co. across the country to soak up and record the influences of several historic musical regions on the spot. And during a different interview from 2015 with Anderson Cooper, he puts it all in perspective: “All I do is shuttle kids around in a minivan and then come down here and be in the Foo Fighters. That’s it. And I’m not lying.” Consider for a moment though, that that’s a statement from a 46-year-old drummer with more than 100 million records sold If look back across the expanse of the Foo Fighters legacy, you’ll see some fairly significant risks. First and foremost, there’s Grohl making the leap from drummer to frontman. It’s something he says took years to get comfortable with, but at this point I think it’s safe to say that the move paid off. In all of that, he shows off what a creative force he is. But watching Grohl perform, it’s easy for me to see just how passionate he is, too. I mean, name another rockstar (yeah, I’ll call him that, even if he won’t say it about ToneReport.com 17