Dave Grohl discussed Seattle and Grunge music in a new SeattlePI article.
“Even just walking down the street when coming to Seattle … the city always made me feel at home,” Grohl said. “People say, ‘Hey, Dave’ as if I never left. It means a lot to me.
“There’s something about that place that welcomes you home like a small town – even if I haven’t been there for years,” he added.
Grohl later said, “Whenever I bump into someone from Seattle, I thank God they survived. I get really emotional when I see a band like Soundgarden or Pearl Jam play because I’m so happy that they survived – a lot of people didn’t.”
Dave Grohl discussed how the late, great Dimebag Darrell from Pantera helped make him become the nicest guy in rock in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
“There was an Ozzfest in England in 1998, and Korn canceled. So we got the call. It was Slayer, Pantera and Black Sabbath. We had to go on after Pantera. I was so terrified: ‘There’s gonna be a riot. I’m gonna get drawn and quartered. No one’s going to like our band.’
“But we played, and I looked to the side. The guys from Pantera are watching us and singing the lyrics to our songs. Afterwards we made friends with Pantera. I was nervous and scared; I didn’t think I fit in. But they were so open to us. That backstage hospitality we try to have – it all came from Pantera. [Guitarist] Dimebag Darrell was the nicest fucking guy in the world. He could walk in and do a shot of Crown Royal with Justin Bieber, with Rick Nielsen, with James Brown – he was everybody’s best friend. And you could feel that energy when he was playing.
“After that day, I was like, ‘From now on, everybody’s allowed in this room. I don’t care if it’s Britney Spears.’ I became the backstage best friend. Whenever I showed up at a festival, the first thing I’d do is grab a bottle of whiskey and go knocking on doors to see who the funniest people are. You’d be surprised who the real fucking nutcases are.”