Dave Grohl appeared on 60 Minutes with Anderson Cooper Sunday night to discuss Foo Fighters’ new HBO documentary, Sonic Highways. During the interview, Cooper asked Grohl to look back on his musical past. “Had I imagined that it would last more than a month-and-a-half, I might have named [Foo Fighters] something else,” Grohl said. “It's the dumbest band name ever.”
During the interview, Grohl also talked about his fascination with American music:
“When I interview [musicians], I get them to explain not only the history of the city but the influence that that has on the music that comes from here,” he said. “There’s a reason why Chicago blues sounds like Chicago blues. And there’s a reason why jazz music is here, in New Orleans. It could be anything. In Seattle, it rains all the time, so people stay in their basements and write songs…everybody knows Nashville as the country music capital of the world. But then I start to realize, wait a minute, all of the foundation of a lot of these musicians is in the church. Whether it’s Dolly Parton or Carrie Underwood, like they started in the church. I never knew that.”
He also dived into how the death of former Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain affected him: “Losing Kurt was earth-shattering, and I was afraid of music after he died,” said Grohl . “If I heard a song that even touched on an emotion in me, I would turn it off. I was so terrified because to me, that's what music always was. It was a direct connection to my heart.”
You can watch the full CBS segment below. Check it out, and let us know your thoughts. The Foos' new album, also named Sonic Highways, will be released November 10 via Roswell Records (Grohl’s RCA imprint).