Saturday December 1, 2017 Dix, Missouri
“Grease was one of those movies that made me want to get into music,” laughed singer Dave Grohl as he ate a post-show Arbys sandwich. “I mean when I listen to ‘Summer Nights’ or ‘Born to Hand Jive’ on the bus, Taylor and those other guys sing along to every word.
“Tell me more, tell me more!” laughed an obviously drunken Taylor Hawkins.
“We decided to add one more date to our latest tour and, well… Obviously we wanted to finish off the tour with a bang! So I told my manager Al [McHumphrys,] and he booked us the gymnasium at the Jeff Baxter School for the Deaf in Dix, Missouri and the Foos played their Prom.”
So I told my manager and he booked us the gymnasium at the Jeff Baxter School for the Deaf in Dix, Missouri and the Foos played their Prom.”
“Tell me more, Tell me more!” interrupted Taylor Hawkins
NMDG: How long did it take to put this together?
“Not that long.” replied Grohl. “We learned ‘Grease Lightning’ and ‘Beauty School Dropout’ on the bus and the songs we didn’t learn, I just played on my IPhone. I plugged it right into the little PA we had. Ah La! Grease in it’s entirety.”
NMDG: So you played most of the record on your phone instead of playing it live?
“Dude! It’s a DEAF SCHOOL!” Said Grohl in a condescending tone. “Like anyone is going to notice… I mean how many rock bands will play for an all deaf audience?”
“Tell me mo…” yells Hawkins as Grohl shoves the other half of the delicious Arby’s roast beef sandwich into his confidante’s mouth.
NMDG: How did the show go over?
“Amazingly well. We jumped around a lot and had a bunch of flashing lights and stuff. We lip synced, and head banged. The kids that noticed something was going on really seemed to enjoy themselves.”
NMDG: Where did the idea to do this come from?
“It was hatched years ago when I was in Nirvana. Kurt loved “We Go Together” and we would often toss it in the set. I spent an entire evening smokin’ doobies and listening to Kurt expound on the virtues and talent of John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. He was a fan. It was very anti-rock-star during the 90’s. He liked to shock his audience. The wide range of influences that Kurt had would amaze you.”
“The cat loved Grease, 80’s Cher, the Ramones, and Skid Row I swear I tear up every-time I hear ‘Eighteen and Life’ on the radio. He was a deep cat.
When asked about his plans for the future Grohl replied; “I’m going to take a month off to finish the third book in my biographical trilogy and then, believe it or not, I’m reforming the Traveling Wilburys.
“Bobby Dylan is on board, and so is the guy from ELO that I can never remember his name. Paul Stanley, Slash, and myself.” Said Grohl excitedly. “This version of the Wilburys will have more of a hard edge. We have something to prove. Rock isn’t dead. Not as long as I say it isn’t.”