Even our idols have idols, and for Dave Grohl that’s AC/DC.
During a recent interview, the Foo Fighters frontman reminisced about the first time he met the Aussie rockers, which ended up being at a dinner date with Nancy and Paul McCartney.
“I wasn’t performing at the Grammys; I was presenting an award or something,” he recalled.
“I’m lucky to say that Paul McCartney is a friend, and I love him very much. As much as he’s a hero of mine, he’s also a very sweet man and a friend. And so he was in town too. And he called and said, ‘What are you doing after the Grammys?’ I said, ‘I think maybe me and [Foo Fighters bandmates] Pat [Smear] and Taylor [Hawkins] are just gonna have dinner.’ And he said, ‘Do you mind if me and Nancy come?’ I’m, like, ‘No. That’d be great.’ So then he bumps into AC/DC in a hotel or something. And then they say, ‘What are you doing after the show?’ And he says, ‘I’m gonna go have dinner with the Foo Fighters.’ And Paul said, ‘Do you wanna come?’ So Paul’s wife calls my wife, and then my wife says, ‘Hey, do you mind if AC/DC comes to dinner?’ And I had never met AC/DC.”
“When I was maybe – I don’t know – 10 years old, I went to see that movie Let There Be Rock, the [AC/DC] live concert film, in a movie theatre,” Grohl continued.
“This is before I was punk rock. That was the first time I saw a performance and heard music that made me wanna fucking break something. And still to this day, I use that as reference for how I like to play a show. I wanna be like AC/DC Let There Be Rock. That’s a live band.”
“So then we had this beautiful night,” he concluded his memory.
“And there was this jazz band. And it was one of the greatest nights of my entire life.”
Oh, to have been a fly on the wall at that dinner.
Last year, Grohl teamed up with AC/DC’s Brian Johnson for a new documentary aptly titled Brian Johnson Meets Dave Grohl, where the two legends chatted about life on the road.