Dave Grohl remembers some of his favourite David Bowie stories
Dave’s True Stories has seen Foo Fighters’ leading man Dave Grohl share some of his more awe-worthy stories from his years in rock and roll. The latest involved a namesake of sorts, the eternal David Bowie.
David Bowie had an effect on a lot of people with his music and it would seem that Dave Grohl is another one of them. Below he shares his love for the Starman as well as their last encounter.
Shared via Instagram as usual, this segment of Dave’s True Stories saw Grohl reminisce about his lifelong love of Bowie, “…David Bowie provided an indelible addition to the soundtrack of my life from an early age.”
He continued: “His first live album, David Live was on regular rotation in my living room when I was a kid, and his classic track ‘Suffragette City’ was quite a hit at the backyard parties I played with my nerdy high school band in the early ’80s (I sang the ‘Hey Man!’ background vocals with the best pre-pubescent shriek I could possibly squeeze out of my skinny little neck).”
Being a member of two massive bands in the rock arena, Grohl would eventually get his chance to meet the late, great Bowie, “So when he walked (levitated?) onstage that night, I felt as if I were being visited by another life form,” Grohl wrote.
“The kind of ‘Starman’ I searched the night sky for as a child, waiting for his gilded spacecraft to desend [sic] upon my front yard and take me away from my banal suburban life. It was my first time witnessing Bowie’s grace and power live, and it provided me with a surprising revelation…”
Grohl then goes on to detail his experience with the great man as the pair of them worked together on ‘Jewel’, a song for Reeves Gabrel’s 1999 solo album Ulysses (Della Notte). Grohl also shared their final moments together too.
The Nirvana drummer shared how he had asked Bowie to sing on an instrumental he had written for a Marvel-type film, to which Bowie replied “I’m just not made for these times”, suggesting the film wasn’t his sort of thing. But they did engage in an email exchange in which Bowie shows both his unstoppable life “Well now that’s settled. Fuck off.” and perhaps foreshadowing of his death “No more birthdays. I’ve run out of them.” Grohl finally realises it is all part of Bowie’s character.
“With every muscle in my body loosening from the crippling anxiety of the past few minutes, I sunk back into my living room chair, born again,” he wrote. “Hallelujah! I could finally breathe knowing that David Bowie did not actually wish me to ‘fuck off’ (or maybe he did, but in the nicest way possible, and even that was an honor).”
He ended the post on a more solemn note: “It broke my heart to re-read the line ‘No more birthdays, I’ve run out of them,’ thinking that maybe, just maybe he knew something we didn’t. And, being the gentleman that he always was, didn’t want us to suffer his pain. Nevertheless, it still hurt. Nothing lasts forever, I know, but the best things always seem to end much too soon….”