I am an unabashed fan of Dave Grohl. I don’t have many (any other?) heroes, but this guy effing rocks. Pun intended.
I didn’t know the backstory about this song (and it was my immediate fav from that album):
In May 2006, Grohl sent a note of support to the two trapped miners in the Beaconsfield mine collapse in Tasmania, Australia. In the initial days following the collapse, one of the men requested an iPod with Foo Fighters album In Your Honor, to be sent down to them through a small hole. Grohl’s note read, in part, “Though I’m halfway around the world right now, my heart is with you both, and I want you to know that when you come home, there’s two tickets to any Foos show, anywhere, and two cold beers waiting for yous. Deal?” In October 2006, one of the miners took up his offer, joining Grohl for a drink after Foo Fighters acoustic concert at the Sydney Opera House. Grohl wrote an instrumental piece for the meeting, which Grohl pledged he would include on the band’s next album. The song, titled “Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners,” appears on Foo Fighters’ 2007 release Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, and features Kaki King.
And that’s just stuff I read today.
My first experience watching Dave was at this concert. I can’t tell you the pleasure of owning the dvd of my first time seeing my favorite band. And it was an awesome show. He always puts on an awesome show.
He is too rare a combination of success, work ethic, unaffected empathy, compassion, good humor and unselfconscious charisma.
And I suspect he’d hate to read such sycophantic claptrap about himself.
The good guys can win, too.