Dave Grohl: Neil Peart’s coffee made me cry
Rush drummer Neil Peart made Dave Grohl cry – because he made the Foo Fighters mainman a cup of coffee.
Grohl and bandmate Taylor Hawkins inducted the Canadian giants into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last week, and it was an emotional experience.
Joined by producer Nick Raskulinecz, the Foo men performed the overture to Rush classic 2112, dressed in wigs and kimonos in a light-hearted tribute to the outfits once worn by the Canadian giants.
Grohl tells Rolling Stone: “It’s terrifying to play your favourite band’s song in front of your favourite band. It’s one thing to sit in the basement and woodshed 2112 – it’s another to stand in front of Rush in a fucking kimono and a wig, and try to use a wah-wah pedal in your platform shoes.”
Grohl was inspired to become a drummer after hearing the 1976 album – so meeting Peart at rehearsals was a big moment in his life. He explains: “This man was as influential as any religion, or any hero. He said: ‘So nice to meet you. Can I make you a coffee?’ And he made me a coffee.
“Later on that night, I went to dinner and had a couple of glasses of wine. And I started fucking crying, because my hero made me a cup of coffee.”
Groh’s former band Nirvana become eligible for Hall Of Fame induction next year. He says: “I didn’t even know that. Well, hopefully they make us wait as long as Rush did – because did you see all their fans out there tonight?”
Meanwhile, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who inducted Heart last week, says the experience has changed his opinion of the event. “It bodes well,” he said. “Now I’m more excited. I feel like there’s more integrity because they’re recognising a band like Heart. It makes me more excited about the possibility of my future induction, if it happens. I believe in it a little bit more.”
The 2013 ceremony will be broadcast on US TV on May 18.