Dave Grohl has been all over the news this month. On April 6, he announced that he’s written a memoir which will be published on October. About a week later came news of his new on-the-road rock’n’roll documentary entitled What Drives Us. Then a couple days that, he appeared on an anti-vaxxer single, playing guitars, drums, and bass behind Mick Jagger.
Dave continues to dominate the music news cycle with the revelation that he’s written the forward to the first-ever biography of his drumming hero, Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham. Beast: John Bonham And The Rise Of Led Zeppelin will be out in September.
Dave has always been very, very vocal of his admiration for Bonzo, right down to some homemade Zep tattoos when he was a teenager. This is a quote from a Rolling Stone interview:
“John Bonham played the drums like someone who didn’t know what was going to happen next – like he was teetering on the edge of a cliff. No one has come close to that since, and I don’t think anybody ever will. I think he will forever be the greatest drummer of all time.
“You have no idea how much he influenced me. I spent years in my bedroom – literally fucking years – listening to Bonham’s drums and trying to emulate his swing or his behind-the-beat swagger or his speed or power. Not just memorizing what he did on those albums but getting myself into a place where I would have the same instinctual direction as he had.”
No excerpts have been released of what Dave wrote or from the book itself, but we do know that it’ll trace Bonham’s life through to his death of alcohol poisoning in 1980 at the age of 32.