Dave Grohl Says Thanks

Dave Grohl took to the Foo Fighters’ website to issue a thank you to fans, calling the Wasting Light cycle the “most incredible album experience” of the band’s history, as well as calling the surrounding tour “the best gigs of our lives.” Read the full letter after the jump.

Hey everybody,

Dave here. It’s been quite a while since I’ve sat down to write something for you guys, but as we’re coming to the end of an amazing tour and an amazing year, I figured I’d take this opportunity to say thank you….

Where do I begin?

Thank you all for making “Wasting Light” the most incredible album experience of our band’s 17 year history. For real. The fact that a rock and roll record, made in a garage, completely analog to tape with no help from computers, could be a #1 album around the world, AND get a Grammy nomination for “Album of the Year”…..well….these days that’s no small feat. It’s truly inspiring, and it makes us feel like the luckiest band in the world. So thanks. It means everything to us.

And the shows……from the secret club gigs, to playing in peoples garages all over the country…..from the arenas to the festivals to the stadiums….we’ve had the best gigs of our lives. Thank you so much to each and every one of you who came out and spent those 2 hours and 45 minutes with us every night. It’s been exhausting…..but it’s been a blast.

Looking back at the past 18 months, I don’t think we’ve ever worked so hard at making an album, and it ever being so easy. From day one, the idea for this record was to make something completely simple and honest, to capture that thing that happens when you put the 5 of us in a small room. No big production, just real rock and roll music: That’s why we decided to do it in my garage. We wanted to retain that human element, keep all of those beautiful imperfections: That’s why we went completely analog. And, most of all, we wanted it to sound huge: That’s why we decided to use Butch Vig. His role in this whole experience is huge, and he deserves a great ’thanks’, too. Not many producers would accept the challenge that we handed him. He’s the best, for sure. Together, we made the album of a lifetime. Again.

And to all of you…..we’re not finished yet. There are still more shows to play, more songs to write, more albums to record, for years to come. I mean…..If you would have told me 17 years ago that in 2012 I would be writing songs for our 8th studio album….well…..

If it weren’t for you guys, we wouldn’t be here. We owe you so much.

Take care of yourselves.

We’ll see you out there, folks.


(via Foo Fighters’ website)

Google ’nicest guy in rock.’ I guess he wants us to forget he stole Frances Bean’s trust fund.

Comments (13)
  1. Nicest guys in rock? Counterpoint – releasing “One By One”

    *I accept and understand all down votes

  2. There’s also this gem from groupiedirt.com: “Dave is a womanizer who seems incapable of being faithful.”

    When I look around at all my guy friends and acquaintances, though, and see that’s kind of the way they generally behave but still manage to make women fall in love with them, I guess that’s today’s equivalent of being a “nice” guy.

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  4. Well . . .

    Dave Grohl’s garage IS a recording studio so . . .

  5. Its really annoying how he keeps making it seem like a big feat that they recorded to analog tape, So many popular bands still make their records on tape they just don’t make a big deal about it like Dave has.

    • Its true that a lot of bands still record to tape. And some of them may be “popular” to some level. But Foo Fighters aren’t just popular – they’re part of the machine. For them to get the go ahead to record an album to tape in Dave’s garage have it be a huge success is kind of a big deal. Its like this, Lady Gargoyle is not recording analog to tape. Beyonce ain’t recording to analog to tape. Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber… whoever, not recording analog to tape. Foo Fighters are part of THAT machine. Its cool that they took it old school and did it the way they wanted to do it.

      • At this point in their career you think the FF have to ‘get the go ahead’ to record on tape?

        Get real. Seriously.

      • I understand what you’re saying but this year The Strokes, Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, and Coldplay all released records that they used tape to record so I don’t think the Foo Fighters being a hugely popular band is an excuse for them to brag about using tape. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and Beyonce don’t use tape because they make dance/pop music which has to be lined up perfectly.

        P.S. Dave’s garage is a studio

  6. my 55 yr old in-laws wouldn’t have gone to the foo fighters’ show had they known he stole frances bean’s trust fund.

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