THE BEST ROCK MUSIC MAKES YOU WANT TO SMASH SHIT UP
"A big rock'n'roll moment for me as a teenager was going to see AC/DC's Let There Be Rock movie. That was the first time I heard music that made me want to break shit. There were four people in the audience, me and my friend Larry Hinkle and two people smoking weed in the back. After the first number in that movie, that was maybe the first moment where I really felt like a punk. I just wanted to tear that movie theatre to shreds."
THERE ARE ONLY TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD: ROCKERS AND NON-ROCKERS
"I meet people and I can tell in two seconds whether they're a rocker or not. It's like, Have you ever broken into a car? How many times have you been in jail? How many hits of acid have you taken? OK, you're allowed to be in a rock band. When you look someone in the eye they're either an outlaw or they're not."
NOT ALL ILLEGAL DRUGS ARE FOR EVERYONE
"My drug career was limited to heavy halucinogenics and mountains of weed. I never did coke, I never did heroin, I didn't fucking need speed ... But also, in Virginia, none of us had any fucking money to buy drugs anyway. It was like, How am I gonna get high? You got any lighter fluid? OK, put that on aa fucking rag... that kind of shit. Even if we could have afforded heroin I can't imagine us affording the fucking needles."
NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
"I remember being in the same room with them and thinking, 'What? That's Nirvana? Are you kidding? Because on their [Bleach] record cover they looked like psycho lumberjacks but I was like, What, that little dude that big motherfucker? You're kidding me. I laughed, I was like, No way."
BEING A FRONTMAN TAKES BIG BALLS
"Never in my life had I ever considered becoming the frontman of a band. I was perfectly comfortable being the drummer and I didn't ever aspire to being the person out front in the spotlight. But when the Foo Fighters started I realised I'd been thrown into that position and it was incredibly uncomfortable for me. I might be something of a jackass in real life, and love to be the life of the party, but the responsibility of being someone larger than life seemed too much for me."
IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS, IT'S MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY
"No one ever tells us [Foo Fighters] what to do. No one has ever told us who to record with, where to record, how to make a video, what video to do or when to go on tour because I am the president of Roswell Records. At the end of the day I'm in charge."
YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOVE EVERYONE
"I don't consider myself a loner, but it's just not important to me to be everyone's best friend. Maybe it's a kind of defence mechanism. I'm a horrible fucking pen pal, I never answer my phone, I would much rather stay at home and hang out with my daughters and mother and wife than go out to a bar on a Friday night. I hang out with my best friends Taylor, Chris, Nate and Pat for a living."
"COOLNESS" IS A RELATIVE CONCEPT
"My version of being cool is probably different to other people's versions of being cool. I have my own heroes and my own version of bad ass. Being 'cool' in suburban Virginia was like how big of a bong hit you could take. It didn't matter what haircut you had, or what car you had, or what pants you had on, but if you could burn a whole bowl in one bong hit, you were fucking cool."
BEING "THE NICEST MAN IN ROCK" HAS ITS BENEFITS
"It's nice to be called The Nicest Man In Rock . You know what it means? It means when I walk into the bar there's six people right there ready to buy me a shot of Jagermeister. You think I have a problem with that? Fuck no. It's cool. But it's funny to me because the guys in my band would probably tell you otherwise . Certain things make my claws come out, and turn me from the trademark Nicest Guy In Rock to a fucking very difficult person. Because I do have borders and boundaries. There's certain things where I'm like, Man, don't even fucking go there. I have no problem walking up to a paparazzi and saying. Are you fucking kidding me?"
EVERYONE CAN LOOK LIKE A COCK SOMETIME
"There was one Foo Fighters gig we played in New Zealand where I jumped up on the drum riser to rock out with Taylor and I caught my foot in a lighting cable, and I fucking smacked so hard into the stage, face first, that I cracked my guitar in half. The concert was probably 118 decibels, but you can hear the roar of laughter above the PA. Not cool."
REAL MEN WEAR THEIR HEART ON THEIR SLEEVES
"The last tattoos I got are the two red, tribal symbols on my arms. I got them when I started playing drums with Queens Of The Stone Age, and at the time I didn't think too much about it, but I think I had these tattoos done because I was getting my arms back. There's a reason why I'm here, and it's not my voice, it's because these arms taught themselves how to play drums by listening to punk rock albums and Led Zeppelin. And so in a way it's like I have these tattoos as a way to say, Don't forget what you're here to do!"
THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN
"I can't even imagine where to go from here. Like, honestly, with all the things I've accomplished on my own and with different bands... it's overwhelming sometimes. I never thought any of this was possible."