Apr 252014



A friend of mine posted this link on a competing, nowhere-near-as-cool-as-RTH social media site, and it got me wondering whether we all agreed on Dave Grohl’s apparent fundamental goodness. I’m not looking for a snark-fest, or a dishing of the dirt, I’m more curious about people’s take on this dude. I have a feeling folks like us want to believe in DG’s character. And maybe there’s nothing wrong with that.

Wish I could say I enjoyed his music. And I mean that literally.


p.s.: my favorite recent bit of Dave Grohl goodness can be seen here.


  10 Responses to “The Dave Grohl Halo Effect”

  1. Grohl does seem like a guy you want to root for because he’s a had a solid career doing his own thing after Nirvana. Unlike others we know, he didn’t do an “Other Voices” type of album or simply hire a new lead singer and press on.

    I kind of wish it were different, too, but I own exactly one Foo Fighters song — “Learn To Fly” on my iPod. They’re simply OK to me and I wouldn’t make any special effort to see them. I’m more interested what Jack White is up to than any new Foos music.

    What makes me a little sad is that the Foos are seen now as kind of the “Face of Rock.” Need a rock star who isn’t ancient for a tribute? Call Dave.

    That said, he does a lot of good stuff around here in DC — he’s hosting some local music tribute at the 9:30 Club next week, so I put him in the good guy category.

  2. Well, you know I’ve got a beef with Grohl’s Look (https://www.rocktownhall.com/blogs/dave-grohl/), but like you I agree that he’s a guy worth rooting for, even if I can’t get goosebumps from his music. Remember that third baseman the Yankees used to have when they first got great with Jeter and company? I’m blanking on his name; he was a nondescript white guy with unspectacular hair. I believe he started with the A’s. Anyhow, on that team loaded with superstars and future Hall of Famers, it was great to root for the hard-working, unassuming, .260-hitting guy who occasionally came up huge when you least expected it. I remember him making an amazing catch in a World Series game in the early 2000s. That was kind of like Grohl reestablishing an identity from the rubble of Nirvana. Even Grohl, like this third baseman whose name has been lost in my memory, was an add-on to the original Nirvana.

    Would I have ever coveted that third baseman for my team, the Phillies, even if we didn’t have the up-and-coming Scott Rolen at the time? No way! But I loved knowing I could root for him in the middle of that Big Bad Yankees powerhouse. That’s how I feel about Grohl compared with truly great musicians.

  3. Definetely seems like a good guy even though I’m not a Foo Fighters fan. That cover of “Hey Bulldog” he did at the Beatles tribute a month or two ago truly did rock.

    Is the Yankees thrid baseman Scott Brosius?

  4. YES, Scott Brosius! Thank you for clearing that up. I know that’s not a great comparison to the general legacy that Grohl has carved out for himself, but it’s a compliment in my world.

  5. cherguevara

    Dear Dave,

    You’re really a nice guy, but let’s just be friends. Maybe we can play Parcheesi with Melissa Etheridge sometime.



  6. I’m in agreement with pretty much everyone here, I root for guys like Grohl. Especially after this covers’ album for record store day. I’ve never heard all of it but I’d like to, it looks like a really good selection: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium_Rare_(Foo_Fighters_album)

  7. misterioso

    I always wanted to punch Scott Brosius in the face.

  8. mockcarr

    My mother is a very nice person. The only person I can ever remember her expressing a real hatred for is Scott Brosius.

  9. misterioso


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