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Foo Fighters at Grammys Acceptance speech slamming industry

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Posted : February 12th, 2012 by

Not often do you hear the raw truth being told about the music industry from a rock star like Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters, but his acceptance speech at the Grammys (2012) for Best Rock Performance was a breath of fresh air.

Frontman Grohl spoke for the band: “This is a great honor because this record was a special record for our band … We made this one in my garage with some microphones and a tape machine.”

TRANSLATION: Raw talent is actually still good for something. Click here to find out what a tape machine is.

foofighters_grammys 2012He continued, “We couldn’t have done it without the best producer in the world in Butch Vig … We met each other 20 years ago when we made a Nirvana record and it was an honor to work with you again.”

TRANSLATION: Don’t burn bridges. You never know when you’ll need to call on someone for a favour 20 years from now.

Grohl concluded, “This award means a lot because it shows that the human element of making music is what’s most important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do.”

He went on, pointing to his heart and his head saying, “It’s about what’s in here” and commenting on the fact that “It’s not about being perfect”.

I don’t know why this hit me so hard, but I felt like standing up in my living room and saying “Hell ya, that IS what it’s about”. But how does this translate in the real world. How do you train people to appreciate mistakes on an album (because within about 4 minutes of Pro Tools you can fix any sour note). Do you think there’s an inner dissatisfaction with the way “the industry” is operating that is pissing off even the biggest rock stars?

Or the bigger question, could this lead to any sort of change? Would love to hear your thoughts on this one…

(skip to 1:30 when he starts talking)


12 Responses to Foo Fighters at Grammys Acceptance speech slamming industry

  1. Cris

    Great point and great acceptance speech. I don’t think Grohl set out to “slam” the industry…I think he was just expressing their gratitude that the “real thing” can still be appreciated, since so much of what we hear these days is synthed, with no real instrumental performance behind it.

  2. Matt Goebel

    Dave is absolutely right. FF are our only link to hard rock’s beginning…and the band works it’s ass off performing and keeping it real. ” There goes my Hero..he’s ordinary…..”

    • Jaclyn

      Umm…what about Eddie Vedder and the rest of Pearl Jam, go out and educate yourself about good music and spend money on it to perpetuate the same good music rather than amelessly bitch about what’s not out there.

  3. norm

    The Foo Fighters to me represent one of the very few bands with the old school passion, craft and attitude of rock and roll. That’s the same heart that causes many younger musicians today look to bands from the early 70’s as inspirational. Instinctively they hear and feel something from then that is missing today.

    I love the garage tour that the Foo Fighters did. Doing full on concerts in people’s garages! So cool. You can see a bunch of the footage you Youtube.

  4. Oddsocks

    What are they doing at the grammy’s if it’s all so grassroots?? ……..Absolute photo op and chance to put grease in the promo machine for the new album, nothing else.

      • Oddsocks

        Dave ‘gruel’ is a business man this whole crap about how we’re keeping it real is absolute Bull. You can’t tell me that they recorded, mixed and mastered that record on a porta studio in their garage. I guess they also sat round the kitchen table with their kids making up the CD covers as well? It is absolute nonsense and although it might be part of the story it is the only bit they have focused on because it makes them sound so grassroots and local boy. I heard them in the garage on youtube and it sounded very much like real music does in the local pub, they would never put that out as a record and if they did they would be back playing in bars to 20 pissheads like the rest of us. Let’s keep it really real eh.

  5. KG

    I total agree with Dave so much music is computerized who knows if these people can really even sing! Hell if it’s not really your voice and all the instrumentrals are computerized I could be a rock star. Dave and the guys can sing and play their asses off and they showed us that last night. FOR REAL

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  8. paola from Italy

    i used to hate boy-girl bands for this reason…they don’t do their craft. they are a product of a record company. here’s there is someone playing an instrument , someone writing a melody and lyrics, someone singing them…making music for what it is : the expression of feelings emotions to share with others…

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