“I Hate Dave Grohl!

Okay, so that headline is kinda clickbait-y. And it’s also not my personal opinion. Having talked to Dave many times, I’m convinced that he has really earned his reputation as The Nicest Man in Rock™.

So what’s not to like? “Let me count the ways,” says this Boston writer.

I’ve got another confession to make: I can’t stand Dave Grohl.

I say this firmly, and people look at me like they just walked out of a warm porta-potty at Bonnaroo. Their face contorts to an expression somewhere between anger and confusion – they know they’re supposed to be appalled but forget why – until they finally blast out a large “WHAT?”

This is the usual exclamation, followed by a clunky sentence formed around the word “Nirvana.” There is no doubt that Grohl deserves respect for his work with one of the most important rock bands to ever make music, but calling the Foo Fighters rock ‘n’ roll is like calling Olive Garden authentic Italian food.

With a new documentary on HBO, an accompanying Foo Fighters album, and a recent piece on “60 Minutes” that began with Anderson Cooper saying “The Foo Fighters may be America’s best rock n’ roll band,” it’s time to rethink Grohl and the Foo Fighters.

And it gets better. Keep reading.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

6 thoughts on ““I Hate Dave Grohl!

  • November 21, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Bah. Classic contrarianism. “Everyone else loves X, so I’m going to show how cool and edgy I am by taking a big whiz all over X.”

    Nice clickbait title, but the article is weak, weak stuff. Pass.

    • June 14, 2021 at 12:05 pm

      Grohl is a mediocre drummer. Personally I hated Nirvana. They made it acceptable to be a shitty musician.

  • January 22, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    I hate Dave Grohl also.I hate musicians who seem to make careers out of emulating,rubbing elbows with,or paying tribute to the great musical icons of the past.This is what grohl and many others do routinely.The man uses the F word too much also in describing his heroes

  • October 14, 2021 at 8:26 am

    I am sick and tired of seeing photos of my heroes like Joe Walsh arm in arm with that mediocre hack. Dave Grohl is really great at one thing and one thing only…staying famous. Foo Fighters are musical pablum and that dude who was in Soundgarden drums circles around him.


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