Dave Grohl was on hand Sunday night at the American Music Awards to present the trophy for Alternative Rock Artist with Joan Jett. Before the show (and after Jett grabbed his ass), he spoke briefly with Rolling Stone about producing the Zac Brown Band and the next Foo Fighters record.
You just produced Zac Brown, how did that go?
Amazing. The funny thing is that I met Zac Brown at a clothing store before the last Grammys and we swapped numbers. A couple of weeks later he asked me if I would produce the next record. I’d never heard him before and I said, “Yes.” Then a couple of weeks later he said, “Will you play with me on the Country Music Awards?” And I’d still never heard him and I said, “Yes.” So the first time I ever heard Zac was when I hit record in Nashville and said, “Okay, we’re rolling.” I’d never heard one note of his music. They’re unbelievable. The band is so good they can be tracked live, we didn’t fuck with computers, we tracked live, four-part harmonies around one microphone. It’s rocking. I didn’t know what it was. People are like, “Oh, it’s country.” “No, it’s not, it’s like the Allman Brothers.” “No, it’s not, it’s jam band.” I don’t even know what you would call it, it’s fucking great.
And now you’re turning your attention back to Foos — the next record is underway?
It’s badass. We’re doing something that nobody knows about, it’s fucking rad. We begin recording soon, but we’re doing it in a way that no one’s done before and we’re writing the album in a way that I don’t think has been done before.
You have one show coming up this year in Mexico City. When was the last show before Mexico City and how psyched are you to get back onstage?
Like a year and a half, the first rehearsal. I don’t know if you saw the picture, but there was blood.