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The Truth is in Here: How I met Dave Grohl

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I’m really excited there’s a new Foo Fighters album coming out. They are a band I love, then I forget how much I love them until I hear a song and pull them up on my iPod and yell at myself “HOW can you forget how fucking AWESOME the Foo Fighters are?!?!????”

And I have a fondness for Dave Grohl in all his hilarious, straight-talking, wacky glory. Two of my fave Dave moments:

  • On a VH1 Countdown type show discussing Pat Benatar: “because when you’re 14 love IS a battlefield!”
  • “I love being a drummer. Everyone thinks you’re dumb. What they don’t realize is that if it weren’t for you, their band would suck.” (source)

My very favorite moment is when I got to meet him in 1996. I went to see FF in LA where I lived at the time. I went with three friends – two of whom worked on my favorite show The X-Files. Dave was a well-known fan of the show having been an extra in one episode, and contributing a FF song to a soundtrack CD.

The two XF employees thought this was totally our way in, so we stood by the stage door and when he walked by they screamed, “DAVE!!! WE WORK FOR CHRIS CARTER!!!!” My other friend and I rolled our eyes in mortification muttering, “yeah, that’ll work.” And you know what? It did! Dave fucking Grohl waved us through and we went backstage!!

It was exciting and hilarious even though there were no rock n’ roll shenanigans happening. There was a dreary little table of food, Drew Barrymore was wandering around, and Dave sat fiddling with a guitar as he talked to an awestruck little boy. We said our hellos and fangirled about the show and he was friendly and gracious and that was it.

They are, as my mom would say “good noise.”

Author: Amy H. Johnson

Amy H. Johnson is the author of The Fangirl Files a memoir about Boy Bands, TV Boyfriends and imaginary betrothals to 80s English pop stars. She prefers to be referred to as a "Cute Famous Boy Aficionado".

One thought on “The Truth is in Here: How I met Dave Grohl

  1. I LOVE DAVE GROHL!!!! Been a fan since Nirvana! And the foo fighters are just plain awesome. YOU’VE GOT GOOD TASTE GIRL! and the best luck I might add.

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