Foo Fighters

It’s been in the news a lot recently—Elder statesman Eric Clapton being asked whether guitar was still relevant (he eventually concluded: “Of course it is.”) People asking whether kids will continue to play rock, or just write EDM on their laptops and tablets (answer: both).

But Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, for one, is getting a bit bored that the questions are still being raised at all. Ahead of playing at February’s BRIT Awards in London in February, Grohl has told the Daily Star newspaper:

“I don’t believe in the school of thought that says rock’n’roll is an extinct genre – I’ve been answering that question for 25 ****ing years now. Every time I release a record they ask how it feels to be ‘one of the last’.” And Grohl’s clearly a bit tired of it.

Foo Fighters are playing massive stadium gigs in the UK again in summer 2018, and although there are only three shows so far – one in Manchester, two in London – they sold out in just minutes. Chris York, from the band's UK promoters SJM, said there were “Incredible sales for Foo Fighters 2018 tour. Shows the depth and passion of their brilliant fanbase in the UK and a reflection of how amazing the band are live.”

Grohl continued: “I remember giving an interview in London two years ago and the journalist asked, ‘Don’t you feel obsolete? Most of today’s groups don’t have guitars or drums.’

“And then we sold out two nights at Wembley Stadium. So no, I think we’re OK and we’re going to be just fine.”

Foo Fighters’ recent album, Concrete and Gold, sold in excess of 100,000 copies to hit the UK No. 1, and is the fourth time in the band’s storied career that they have achieved the feat. Playing the BRITS in February will be a first for Foo Fighters, though. The band has picked up four gongs from the prestigious event over the years – three for International Group in 2008, 2012 and 2015, and Best International Album for 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace - but have never performed before. The BRIT Awards take place at London’s The O2 on 21 February.

Grohl wrote on Twitter: “How the **** have we never played at #BRITs before!?!?! We've had a ton of firsts over in the UK...you guys have always been so good to us. Why not add 2018 BRIT awards to the list??!?!? Let's make some noise.”