Right now music fans across the States are enjoying Dave Grohl’s HBO documentary Sonic Highways, chronicling the recording of Foo Fighters’ upcoming album of the same name. Keeping up with the excitement regarding all things Foo, this week we’re helping you increase your knowledge about what is possibly America’s hardest working rockers at the moment by listing ten little known facts about the band.
Dave’s Trini Lopez guitar
You know that blue guitar that Dave Grohl pretty much play all the time when on stage with the Foo Fighters? It’s a Gibson Trini Lopez guitar that’s been custom made for Grohl – a DG-335 in Pelham Blue. The guitar looks like an ES-335 but with diamond shaped f-holes. Dave has been using Trini Lopez guitars in the studio for most of Foo Fighters career, and now it’s his go-to guitar when playing live as well. In an interview with NME, Grohl went as far as calling the guitar “the sound of the Foo Fighters.”
Origin of the Name
The name Foo Fighters refer to a term which was used by allied forces during World War II to refer to unidentified flying objects. Dave Grohl, who recorded the first Foo Fighters album himself, hoped the name would afford him some anonymity – obviously it didn’t work.
Dave’s mother Virginia has a cameo in the Foo Fighters video for “Breakout.” She appears at about the one minute mark in the video below, as the woman who flips off Grohl for driving too slow.
Colorful Tour Rider
There are plenty of stories about the insane demands that rock bands have included in their tour riders, making local promoters sweat as they scramble to tend to their guests every wish. Always up for a good joke, for their 2011 tour Foo Fighters distributed their tour rider as a coloring book. One page contained various pictures where you would circle items that belong in a salad. Non-salad items included a hammer, a UFO (naturally), and a bowling pin.
High school politics
It’s hard to think of Dave Grohl as a student, but the future rocker was actually vice-president of his class during his freshman year in high school.
Taylor Hawkins’ Pre-Foo Days
Before drummer Taylor Hawkins joined the Foo Fighters in 1997, he was the drummer in Alanis Morissette’s touring band. Hawkins was along for the entire tour in support of Alanis’ Jagged Little Pill album. I actually attended one of the shows, and one of the things I remember most is what a big part of the show Hawkins was. Even back then you could tell that Hawkins had star qualities – joking around and stealing the show at times.
Unusual Use of a Grammy
In an interview with WFNX Radio in 2008, Grohl talked about his rather unusual use of his Grammy Award: “For the longest time I used a Grammy to hold my bedroom door open because it never would stay open. And now I have them on a shelf.”
Record Store Employee
Before Dave Grohl found success in the music business, he worked at Tower Records in Washington DC. Grohl calls it the worst job he ever had, according to an interview with Kerrang! in 2000.
Dave as Satan
Dave Grohl has assumed the role of Satan twice with his pal actor/musician Jack Black. Grohl first took on the role in the video for Tenacious D’s “Tribute” video, and then again in the acoustic wannabe-rock duo’s movie Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny.
Ever wonder how Dave Grohl achieve that deep rumbling tone in the Foo Fighters song “Stacked Actors?” Well, it’s a Gibson Firebird in Drop A tuning! Presumably Dave must be using a really heavy-gauge low E string in order to accomplish that tuning.
[Reprinted From: http://makingmusicmag.com/]