Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl talked to NME and revealed his thoughts about being back on stage after the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. He stated that being on stage, seeing his fans helps him deal with anxiety.
Undoubtfully, many musicians dreamed about going back on stage and seeing their fans throughout the Covid-19 lockdowns. With the return of the shows, everyone was excited to go back to being normal once again. Foo Fighters were among those bands who started to perform once again and gave their fans a good time.
The band also announced that they will be tour the UK in the summer of 2022. However, they are under pressure and anxiety because they resumed the shows before the pandemic was entirely over. Even with the vaccinations and precautions, it is still not completely safe to be present in a crowded area or go on tour with 60 people.
Dave Grohl recently opened up about his feelings about returning to performing and stated that they face anxiety because they are scared of the band, and their fans’ safety. Grohl stated that although it’s difficult, they do their best to stay safe so that all of these struggles finally lead to something amazing like being on stage.
Here is what he fully said about the new guidelines and how they try to be careful:
“For the two-and-a-half hours on stage, it feels amazing. It’s the other hours of the day that pose a bit of a challenge because of all the new requirements and restrictions and guidelines. You have to be really careful out there. When you’re traveling with a crew of 60 people from state to state and venue to venue, you try your best to stay within your band bubble because the wheels could fall off at any moment. You wake up every day and cross your fingers and hope that we make it to the stage that day.”
Grohl stated once again that the band is concerned about safety at most. This brings a lot of anxiety and stress for the band but their remedy is being on stage and performing to their fans. For the vocalist, nothing seems to be predictable at this point, that is why they play every day as if it’s their last show.
Here is what he stated about safety and performing like its the last show:
“As a band, we’re most concerned with safety – the safety of the audience, the safety of our band, the crew – so we follow these guidelines. Some of them are self-imposed; others are mandates that are handed down from local governments or federal mandates, and you’re very conscious of the whole thing just going away again any time. Every day you’re just hoping that we make it through.
“When you’re on stage… we’re playing like that quite possibly could be the last show. It’s great! When we hit the stage, a lot of the nerves go away because you’re back with the people, so it’s all right.”
It seems like what Dave Grohl is going through with his band is not uncommon and unnecessary. Many bands have gone through similar concerns, and they, unfortunately, contracted the virus. Among those rockstars were Jonathan Davis, Bruce Dickinson, and Nikki Rockett. Some bands also had to cancel their shows that the fans looked forward to because some of the touring teams contracted the virus.