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Dave Grohl spoken with UK The Independent in an interview published on Tuesday about his new comedy horror film, Workshop 666, released in theaters last week. And among the revelations in the play – including that Grohl once swam in the Manson Family Murder Pool (before it was turned into an $85 million estate by Full house creator Jeff Franklin) – the 53-year-old shared his admiration for singer-songwriter Billie Eilish.
In the film, a scene features Jeff Garlin, who plays the band’s manager, lamenting the current state of the music. “Rock’n’roll has been out of the news for a long time,” says Garlin’s character. When asked if he agreed with that sentiment, Grohl replied that “you have to define what is relevant.”
“It’s hard for us to say that rock ‘n’ roll is in bad shape,” he said. “Because we go on stage and there will be thousands of people fucking bananas and singing along to our songs.”
And unlike some aging rockers, who tend to show a “get off my lawn” type energy for younger or up-and-coming artists, Grohl has nothing but respect for the new generation — especially 20-year-old Billie Eilish.
Further down the food chain, however, he is aware that guitar bands may not have the cultural cachet they once did. “I can understand how it’s a different game these days for young bands,” he offers. “There are a lot of great young bands that are killing it and have dedicated fanbases. They may not be as popular as Nicki Minaj, but honestly, when I see fucking Billie Eilish, that’s rock’n’roll to me. She started a revolution and conquered the world.
Grohl also praised Isle of Wight duo Wet Leg, whose debut single “Chaise Longue” became a viral hit in 2021.
“Wet Leg is about to take over America,” he smiles, before gushing over last summer’s phenomenally eye-catching “Chaise Longue.” “I really dig them. A friend of mine pitched me about six or seven months ago and I couldn’t get the song out of my head. If you’re invited to party with Dave this year, expect the track to be a regular on the playlist. “Sometimes we hang out at a friend’s house and dance until four in the morning, and we play ‘Chaise Longue’ on repeat, like over and over and over and over and over again,” he reveals. .
But this wasn’t the first time Grohl had gushed about Eilish. In 2019, the Foo Fighters frontman compared the young singer to his former band Nirvana, to which Eilish replied, “I can’t even believe it. Are you kidding? He said rock wasn’t dead because of me. Man, I grew up on this shit. Eh? Rock? Like, I can’t.
“Dave is so adorable and his girls, I love them,” she added. “And he’s so good, of course they’re good, because he’s, fuck, their dad.”
Along with being a terrific father and supportive mentor, Grohl’s willingness and eagerness to pass the baton is just one of the reasons he remains one of the industry’s most respected musicians. now more than 35 years into his career.