On last night's episode of CBS' 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper did a feature on The Foo Fighters and their upcoming album and HBO series of the same name, Sonic Highways. Watch the official videos below:
60 Minutes "Foo Fighters celebrates American Music"
60 Minutes Overtime "Composing With Dave Grohl And The Foo Fighters"
60 Minutes Overtime "Being a Foo Fighter"
60 Minutes Overtime "The Drumming Greats Of The Foo Fighters"
60 Minutes Overtime "The Console at the Heart of the Music"
At the beginning of the piece, Cooper plays devil's advocate. When Dave Grohl says, "The reward of playing music should be playing music," Cooper responds with "But isn't that easy to say for someone who's incredibly successful?" To the frontman, it wasn't fame or money that motivated him, but it was his love of playing. He goes on to say that you shouldn't care if other people think you're good or not. The newsman then brings up how on American Idol, it can be seen that the judges are helping people by turning them away from something they are not truly good at. Grohl then responds with the notion that if Bob Dylan went on the show playing "Blowing in the Wind" he probably would have gotten kicked off for sounding nasal and flat.
The segment then jumped back to May when The Foo Fighters were playing a surprise concert at Preservation Hall in New Orleans. Film crews were recording it to be a part of Sonic Highways. Cooper describes Grohl as both a musician and a historian in his undertaking of the series. Ultimately, learning about the origins of American music has really changed the way that the band listens to songs. Visiting the city caused Dave Grohl to fall in love with music again.
The 60 Minutes piece m> piece shifted towards Dave Grohl's personal life with the start of The Foo Fighters. After Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994, Grohl says that he couldn't listen to music. A few months later, Grohl was able to go back in the studio and record the first Foo Fighters album by himself. When Cooper asks about the name, Grohl says, "Had I imagined that it would last more than a month and a half I would have named it something else. It's the dumbest band name ever."
The 60 Minutes Overtime clips add more perspective. The Composing with Dave Grohl and The Foo Fighters is more of a behind the scenes making of the segment. In it, there's a clip of Grohl telling a story about a guy who yelled at him on the street, "Yo Dave, stick with the drums." Another noteworthy part of the Overtime clips was when Cooper was talking to Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins about their thoughts on different bands. When the interviewer brought up Black Sabbath, Hawkins said "They're kinda like, uh, Zeppelin's ugly cousin." The two band mates then burst into laughter.
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