99x Atlanta
November 2000

Dave and Taylor gave an interview before the bands pay-per-view.

Leslie Fram: Backstage at the Tabernacle, in Atlanta GA, with the Foo Fighters. Big show tonight, pay-per-view.
Dave Grohl: (whistles)
LF: First pay-per-view ever for the Foo Fighters.
DG: Thatís absolutely true.
Taylor Hawkins: Everybodyís doing one now, arenít they?
DG: Kinda.
LF: Whose idea was it?
DG: Our managerís "how could I make some money? Yeah! Weíll have a pay-per-view special."
LF: But is it any different than going on and doing, like, Letterman?
DG: Hell yeah, look at all these cameras and things! Well, Letterman and stuff - the thing thatís so nerve-wracking about doing Letterman is that you have four minutes, itís one song, your careerís really riding on this one, man, itís the new single, you gotta do it.
TH: Youíre just like, you donít settle, and like, a song, it seems like, at least with us, is played best when weíre kind of settled in, and donít think about it, you just play the song, and itís smooth, and itís nice. But, like, thereís none of that on Letterman, you know; itís really cold in there!
DG: Amped, youíre amped!
TH: And youíre really nervous, and you go out there..
DG: youíre freaked...
TH: and itís a blur.
DG: Ladies and gentleman, itís a blur, and you do it, and the first whole half of the song youíre shaking, and then finally right as you end, you go 'ahhh.' And then itís done.
TH: And you literally like hold the drumstick like that, Ďcause youíre shaking.
LF: How cold is it in the studio? Iíve heard itís, you know?
DG: Fifty, itís fifty-something degrees.
TH: Yeah, itís real cold.
DG: He keeps it so cold in there. But something like tonight youíll see that we come out, and weíll completely spazz out for the first like eight minutes, because weíre so scared to play.
LF: Do you still get nervous before shows?
DG: Oh my god. Of course.
TH: Definitely.
LF: Do you get more nervous knowing that thereís a television camera in front of you, or playing to a stadium in front of 30,000 people?
TH: Uhh..
DG: Uhh...
TH: Different...
LF: I think you just answered the question.
DG: Different vibe, I think.
TH: Nerve-wracking both ways.
DG: Weíre just...all...Taylor doesnít get as nervous anymore. Do you?
TH: No.
DG: I just get so horrified before every show.
TH: I do get pretty nervous though, I do.
DG: Whether itís an acoustic thing, or a rock show, or a TV, or whatever. I get nervous doing interviews.
LF: I just thought it was really cool though, when David Letterman said that the Foo Fighters were his favorite band, and he asked you to come play when he got out of the hospital. When you first heard out about that, I mean, you had to have been excited.
DG: Yeah, that was pretty flattering. Iíd never heard of anything as big as that, for our band. That was a big deal. You know. So. But I mean, the guy had just had his chest torn apart, so we figured we felt kind of obligated to go.
LF: Did you send him a get-well card or anything?
DG: Cigars. Just tons of cigars.
LF: (laughs) When he was in the hospital. So the television experience aside, you make great videos.
DG: Thank you.
LF: The videos are hysterical, theyíre innovative, in the last two, is there a theme going on? One was, you know, in an airplane, youíre up in space now.
DG: I think that probably the biggest theme that runs through our videos is that weíre always all the characters. Whether itís the 'Monkey Wrench' video where weíre playing to ourselves, or the Mentos parody where weíre everybody in the commercial, or the 'Everlong' thing, weíre all two or three different people.
TH: I think that the theme for the videos, at least from this album, has come from the lyrics.
LF: Yes.
TH: Where he didnít have a theme probably, or maybe you did, but just naturally everything lent itself to flying, and to taking off.
LF: When did you come up with the concept for the latest video? Are you sitting around in the bus, coming up with the concepts for the videos?
DG: For the 'Next Year' video, we had a treatment sent to us by a director, and usually when you get video treatments theyíre written, and this one he had just edited a bunch of space footage to the song. And so we just got videotape. And we kind of put in the videotape, and it was done, really. All we had to do was insert our faces into the thing, we thought, 'wow, this is great!' So we spent a bizillion dollars putting ourselves into about 20 seconds of the video. (laughs)
LF: And I crack up every time I see 'Learn to Fly', because youíre all playing all the different characters. How long did it take to do that, because you had to play different
characters in 'Learn to Fly'?
TH: Three days.
DG: Three days. Three long-assed days.
LF: Is that really grueling? How many hours a day?
TH: That was, that was the most grueling..
DG: That was the most grueling because I didnít have time to really sit within any one character, you know, I was just constantly going from the gay guy to the little girl to the fat person to the flight attendant, so, you know, I really had to find myself after we were finished with that, because Iíd been lost in so many people. (odd snorting noise)
LF: And I had a Tenacious D fan want me to ask you about Tenacious D, and your relationship with them.
TH: Tenacious D.
DG: Well Tenacious D are the greatest band in the world. Not many people know that. But, uh, [theyíre] from Los Angeles, they claim that Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and I think it was AC/DC got together, and had a two-headed love child - that is Tenacious D, and they had an HBO special, and theyíre making a movie, but theyíre also making a record. Because as hilarious as they are, theyíre really talented.
TH: Oh yeah, they can really sing good songs.
DG: Really talented. Amazing voices.
LF: They are talented. So maybe in the future, a Tenacious D/Foo Fighters tour?
DG: Weíre trying to work that out.
TH: Well they played with us in LA, and they went down really well, too, didnít they?
DG: They won over great.
TH: They played 'Kielbasa'.
DG: Which is a story about Jack Blackís, uh, dipstick!
TH: And they played 'Sex Supreme' the double-team cream dream.
DG: And 'The Road.' Which is a hit.
TH: 'The Road' is...you can say it..
DG: The road is a b-i-itch, my friend, but itís the only fucking road I know. So thatís, you know...
TH: Itís a hell of a song.
DG: Sorry, is this PG-13?
TH: No, itís cable.
LF: So, at what age...
DG: Stop!
TH: (laughs)
LF: At what age did you both become musically aware? What were you listening to and at what age?
DG: Puberty...
TH: I donít know, I liked music all the way since...I liked 'Star Wars', when I was about five. I had the soundtracks, you know...and I liked the Jackson Five, when I was a little kid, a lot.
LF: All-time favorite band? Taylor?
TH: Ooh, I donít know...I donít know...
DG: Queen, come on dude, thatís easy for you.
TH: Yeah, Queen...but I mean, I donít even have a Queen CD with me right now, on the road. I go through phases, you know...But pretty much that era of music, I would say.
LF: Dave? Any all-time favorite band?
DG: Iíd probably have to say Led Zeppelin. But itís a toss-up between Led Zeppelin and Black Flag. So...one of the two.
LF: And what bands are you listening to now? Because I know at shows, youíve got to get kids coming up to you, and say, 'Hey, Iím in a band, would you listen to my CD?'
TH: Right...
DG: Well, the new Queens Of The Stone Age CD is amazing, everybody knows that. We have this joke, that weíre going to switch all their dressing room signs, so that they wonít say Queens Of The Stone Age, theyíll say 'Criticsí Choice.' So from now on, we just refer to them as 'Criticsí Choice'.
LF: (laughs)
DG: Um, thatís great, Supergrass is amazing, um, I love Cat Power, this girl Chan Marshall thatís from Atlanta...and um...tons of stuff.
LF: How involved on a daily basis are you guys with the website, because itís really interactive. It seems like itís updated on a daily basis.
DG: I wrote...last night I wrote a long letter to the kids to put up there. 'To the kids' - theyíre all my age! And thereís this guy Ed Dame, and this other guy Schu, who work on it, and they do a great job. And Schu comes out on the road a bunch, and takes pictures and writes reviews, and we have this thing where we can call in, and leave a message, and it goes directly onto the website. So itís great. The kids can feel like really theyíre on the road, I guess.
LF: Yeah, I remember an interview you actually did with yourself, as Christopher Walken...
DG: Oh my god. (laughs) See, usually itís just Iím so bored, and in my hotel room, and Iím, 'Hi everybody, hereís the story of my life today.' Or get on the thing and make stupid messages. Iím just bored. Iím a spazz.
TH: I have never done that.
DG: Itís fun.
TH: I know, Iím just so, like...I donít know, Iíve never done that. I should do it...Iíll come over to your room next time youíre gonna do it and Iíll do it with you.
DG: Promise?
TH: I promise. Itíll be fun.
LF: Yeah, donít make Dave do all the work, you gotta help him at two in the morning and...
TH: He likes doing all the work...
DG: Control...
TH: He loves it.
LF: Cover songs, on the website. Youíve got a section talking about cover songs and it just runs the gamut. I know you jam a lot of these songs, but anything from AC/DC to Tommy Tu-tone, to Shania Twain...does this happen spontaneously? Do you sit around as a band, and talk about what cover song are we going to do?
TH: No.
DG: Oh, I know, Iím going to bust into a cover tonight I already know what it is. Iím not telling!
TH: Is it the one we were just playing?
DG: Nope. Youíll see. But um...we just whatever. Itís funny, because I was just talking to Nate, recently, when we were rehearsing for this tour. And weíd written out every song weíd ever played, and it was like 50 songs or something like that. And I wrote out all the cover songs. And I was like, wow, should we do....there was like a Gary Numan cover, and a [????] cover, all these different covers, and I thought, should we keep doing these? I mean, some of these we did three years ago. And Nate, our bass player, said, 'You know, Iíve never told you this', this is six years later, 'I hate doing covers, man.' Just like...dude! This is six years, come on.
LF: He tells you after six years.
TH: Oh well, heíll deal with it.
LF: 2001, let the fans know, what are your plans for 2001?
DG: Make another record.
LF: You going right in the studio now?
DG: Well weíve been touring for a year already, so itís kinda like, go home...Taylorís building a studio in his house, Iíve got a studio in my house, and go back and forth, and everybody writes music, and weíll probably just go off, do our own thing, get together, do a thing together, go off and do our own thing and then come together at some point and pool of all the songs together and decide whatís good, whatís not, what direction you want to go with, what producer you want to work with...we still havenít really figured it out.
LF: Last question, any guilty pleasures?
TH: Musically?
LF: Sure, musically, you know, when youíre on the road and youíve got two hours and you can go goof off and do something...
TH: Pornos...no, just kidding.
DG: I kind of like Lear jets.
TH: Yeah, heís definitely starting to get into that stuff.
DG: I like Lear jets a lot. Every now and then...
LF: Iím telling you, itís that whole space, up in air thing.
DG: Well, itís fun...
TH: Itís not even that, itís just that itís so easy...
DG: Itís so easy. You donít have to go to an airport really...
TH: Airports suck.
DG: It drives right up to the step of the plane...we donít do it all the time. I donít spend money on much, man. I really donít. I bought a house, I got a studio, I got a truck...I really donít. I spend money on my family - thatís about it. Room service.
TH: (yawns)
DG: I donít have time to spend money on anything. I spend money on my friends...
LF: Taylorís yawning, so Iíve got to wrap this interview up.
TH: He bought me an eight-hundred dollar bong the other day.
DG: I bought Taylor an eight-hundred dollar bong...itís really pretty.
LF: (laughing)You get it at Spencerís gifts or something?
DG: No, it was just...
TH: A Valley smoke shop or something...
DG: Valley hippy weed dude, glass-blown dragonís head or whatever the hell it is.
TH: Itís insane. It doesnít even work that good but itís still a classic.
LF: Thanks, guys, for the interview. Good luck tonight.