When you’re on tour, you live in a bubble. The time spent on stage is separated by long periods of boredom. When it comes time to perform, you need something to get your head into the game. Or out of it.
Dave Grohl detailed his pre-show drinking ritual to a radio station in Los Angeles. I’ll just quote from the interview (Via Music-News.com)
An hour before the gig, I have a Coors Light. About 50 minutes before the gig, I hit my first Jag [Jagermeister], finish the Coors Light, get another Coors Light going. Now there’s a bunch of people around, so I’m throwing shots at everybody and I’m taking shots with everyone in the room.
The next Coors Light is down, I got a cold one. Now it’s about maybe 20 minutes before going on. I’ve had three or four shots of Jager and three Coors Lights. Then they sort of clear the room and we get 15 minutes to ourselves.
This is bad! This is how I’ve spent every night of the last year and a half. [He then admitted encouraging the rest of the band to drink with him.]
I feel guilty because I’m the only one who’s been doing the shots of the Jag, so I start feeding shots of Jag to the rest of the band, who are all drinking white wine and champagne and whatever
So I’m pounding them with Jag but I have to take them with them, so now I’m five or six shots in. And it’s like, ‘It’s time to walk to the stage’, so I crack another beer just to have a cold one as I walk up and I pick up the bottle and drink the last inch of the Jag!
Do not try this at home. Please.