Within the three many years that Dave Grohl has been a rock star, he has recorded with the likes of Stevie Nicks and Paul McCartney, directed documentaries, carried out for presidents and been inducted into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame, twice.
However this month presents a primary: On Feb. 25, Foo Fighters are releasing “Studio 666,” a horror-comedy directed by BJ McDonnell (“Hatchet III”) and starring, nicely, Foo Fighters.
“For enjoyable,” Grohl mentioned in a current video interview. As he defined, “It was by no means our intention to enter the Hollywood sport with this huge horror movie. It simply occurred.”
Within the movie, which additionally options Whitney Cummings, Will Forte and Jeff Garlin, the band strikes right into a mansion, the place Grohl himself as soon as truly lived, to work on their tenth album. However songwriting proves difficult. Hoping to dig himself out of a artistic rut, Grohl wanders round the home and discovers a secret that infuses him with creativity — and blood lust.
The film has been within the works since 2019, with manufacturing paused due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s unlikely to rack up awards — “We’re not ordering tuxes for the Oscars,” Grohl mentioned — nevertheless it does supply nuggets of exhausting rock and gore.
Chatting from his dwelling studio in Los Angeles over a cup of espresso, Grohl mentioned the making of the movie, his ideas on rock ‘n’ roll and a brand new album. These are edited excerpts from the interview.
Why did you determine to make a film?
Three years in the past, a pal went to a gathering with a movie studio, and our identify got here up. They mentioned, “We’ve at all times needed to make a horror with Foo Fighters.” He texts me, and I mentioned, “That’s the stupidest thought I’ve ever heard,” and thought nothing of it.
We have been writing music for our final file. Normally once we make a file, I’ll go into my dwelling studio or a demo studio on my own and simply write melodies and instrumentals. So I began searching for homes to hire the place I might construct a short lived studio. On the identical time, my landlord from 10 years in the past emailed me and mentioned, “Do you wish to purchase some property?” I mentioned, no, but when I might hire it, that may be nice.
I began writing and was sending demos to our producer, and he’s like, “This sounds nice. Let’s file there.” So I began pondering, we might make a horror movie on this creepy, outdated home. I got here up with this idea, offered it to the band, and so they simply laughed. It snowballed from there. We by no means imagined we have been going to make a characteristic.
Are you a horror fan?
I’m no aficionado. Though I did develop up loving numerous the classics. I keep in mind studying the “Amityville Horror” guide in 1979 after which going to see the film. And I grew up outdoors of Washington, D.C., the place they filmed “The Exorcist.” I used to be obsessive about the home and people steps. That’s the place all of the punk rockers would hand around in the ’80s. We’d sit on the backside of these steps and drink beer.
“Studio 666” can be a band film, which there don’t appear to be that lots of on the market. Why do you assume that’s?
I don’t know. I grew up watching rock ‘n’ roll motion pictures. “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park.” The Ramones in “Rock ’n’ Roll Excessive College.” It was once one thing that went hand-in-hand with an ensemble solid.
I feel the band has to not solely be prepared to do it, however be able to making enjoyable of themselves. We’ve been doing that for 26 years, so that is only a long-form model of us poking enjoyable at being a rock band.
We’ve talked a couple of sequel and the way [“Studio 666”] could be handed from band to band. Would Coldplay do a horror film? Would Wu Tang? That may be wonderful.
You wrote in your memoir that you simply as soon as lived in a home that you simply believed was haunted. Did you’ve gotten that in thoughts whereas making the film?
I don’t assume it crossed over into this concept. However that home was undoubtedly haunted. Earlier than then, I by no means had any fascination with paranormal exercise. After then, I do imagine this sort of factor can occur. However I additionally keep in mind pondering, so I shared a home with a ghost. Is it going to kill me? No. Do the lights go on each on occasion and also you hear footsteps? Yeah. I’ve had worse roommates.
Like most teams, Foo Fighters have had tensions prior to now. Did that encourage the plot?
No, it didn’t. However the screenwriter got here to hang around with us whereas we have been recording [“Medicine at Midnight,” the band’s 10th album,] to get a really feel for the dynamic. She simply overplayed it.
Like several band, we’re like a household. It’s a relationship that teeters on catastrophe in each artistic state of affairs, as a result of there’s vulnerability and insecurity. It’s not simple staying a band for 26 years. Of all that we’ve been by means of, I don’t assume anybody would wish to kill one other member. We love one another an excessive amount of.
The film makes enjoyable of rock typically, nevertheless it additionally pokes enjoyable at you: you’ll be able to’t write new songs; Lionel Richie yells at you. Was that enjoyable?
There are such a lot of clichés on this film. It’s half “The Amityville Horror.” It’s half “The Shining.” It’s half “The Evil Lifeless.” On the musical facet, there’s the controlling lead singer that’s torturing the band, the battle of author’s block.
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The funniest cliché, I feel, is the clapping in the lounge. At any time when an engineer or producer walks right into a room earlier than you file, they at all times clap to take heed to the acoustics. I’m right here to say it’s [expletive]. That makes no distinction.
Do you’ve gotten a favourite scene?
I did just like the spherical desk scene with Jeff Garlin. Doing improv take after take, you felt such as you have been in “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
There have been allegations that Jeff Garlin behaved inappropriately on the set of “The Goldbergs.” What was it like working with him?
Jeff’s actually into music. So most of our interplay off-camera was simply speaking concerning the bands we love. I didn’t learn about any of that stuff. We simply sat round speaking about Wilco all day.
There’s a scene the place your supervisor says that rock hasn’t been related for a very long time and it wants an infusion. Do you assume that’s true? In that case, what might revitalize it?
I imagine it’s partially true. I don’t assume rock wants extra Devil, however I do assume it wants one other youth-driven revolution. My oldest [daughter] is nearly 16. I watch her uncover music and write songs, and that is the place [the action is].
I feel that the following rock revolution will look nothing just like the one which we’ve seen earlier than. And I’m not totally certain what that’s. But it surely’s coming. There’s a lot to understand. I discover a new favourite artist as soon as per week, so it’s not just like the nicely’s run dry.
In 2021 alone, you launched two albums, a documentary, a documentary collection, a memoir, just a few singles and also you went on tour. What drives you to take action a lot?
No — I simply admire all the chance I’ve. I admire the people who assist facilitate these ridiculous concepts, and I encompass myself with people who have the identical power. And I hate holidays. I’m simply stressed. I really feel this unusual sense of guilt after I do nothing. I’m like a shark. If I cease swimming, I’ll die.
what I’m doing now? I’m making the misplaced album by the band Dream Widow, from [the movie], just like the “Blair Witch” tapes.
Is the primary track from the film going to be on it?
It’s. It’s this loopy opus instrumental. I grew up listening to metallic, so I began taking from my favourite bands as influences. For a metallic file, it’s actually good.
So that you’ve gone from overlaying the Bee Gees to metallic.
Pay attention, what do you get the man that has all the pieces?
Proper. Is there anything coming?
Yeah … you’ll see.