He mixes with Barack Obama and jousting knights both, but The Rocker is still not at home to questions about Courtney Love.



How the devil are you?
It's a beautiful day here in Los Angeles. I have about a week and a half off, which is nice.

Can you sum up your century in a Tweet of less than 140 characters?
The first 1 0 years have been the most unpredictable of my life. I've no idea what will happen next.

Do you actually use Twitter?
Fuck Twitter! That's the biggest waste of time, if people got their face out the internet and their head out of their ass, they might fucking get out and accomplish something.

You emerged as one of rock's leading cheese aficionados this decade. Have you sampled any interesting new varieties?
I haven't taken a ride on the cheese train for quite a white now. Not that I'm retired - I've learned some new tricks. Get a piece of Brie and slice it open. Put a nice white truffle in the middle and let it sit at room temperature for an hour. With a rich red wine, you've got yourself pretty tasty treat.

What has best thing about this century?
Becoming a father.

And the worst?
The worst thing that happened to me was my best friend Jimmy passed away. He OD'd last year. He was my partner in crime from the time I was about six or seven years old. The first time I smoked weed, he lit the bowl. The first time I went on tour, he was my roadie. So that was the most tragic thing that happened to me.

When have you been happiest with your beard?
Live Earth [in 2007] was probably my favourite beard moment. That was some Castaway shit happening there.

You're hitting 2010 as a 40 year-old.
That's right. I had my 40th birthday party at a Medieval Times restaurant, watching men from Long Beach, California pretend they're English knights. I invited 200 of my friends and we reserved the whole bar. We were drinking chalices of Coors Light and eating with our hands. They make the birthday announcements in the middle of the show: "We'd like to wish a happy birthday to Bryan! He's seven today! And Lucas, who's 16! And Dave! He's turning... 40?!" That was quite a night.

How do the hangovers now compare to when you were 30?
They're a little more intense but you can head them off at the pass. Drink as much as you like, just make sure you have a nice big burrito before you go to bed.

You played at the White House's Fourth of July party this year. Did you see Barack Obama rocking out?
I didn't see him while we were playing but we went upstairs to meet him before the gig. His wife is gorgeous, man. She has the air of a president whereas Obama has the vibe of a laid-back surfer. He really puts you in a good mood.

Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures... Have you taken any holidays during the past 10 years?
My life is a fucking holiday. I don't need a vacation from the adoration.

So Mrs Grohl is fine with your keen work ethic?
Absolutely. As long as I keep the mansion running, we're good.

Your album of the century?
My Morning Jacket's 'At Dawn'. It's like a classic Neil Young album. I listened to that one a lot. I wrung it out like a towel.

Who would you have round for a barbecue to greet the end of the decade?
First of all I'd bring Little Richard. He's the inventor of rock'n'roll - that keeps things in perspective, Then I'd have Lemmy. Someone's got to mix the bourbon and cokes. I'd invite Liam Gallagher but then I'd secretly invite Noel, too. I'd get them together at the barbecue and make peace. I'm good at that, man, I can make people love each other.

Who wouldn't get into your barbecue?
Hmmm. i'm trying to think of someone to be particularly nasty to. [Airily] I can't think of anyone.

what if Courtney Love turned up uninvited?
Next question!

Complete this sentence: In the next 10 years I, Dave Grohl, resolve to...
Take a vacation.