The former drummer of Nirvana and Foo Fighters frontman right now, Dave Grohl, had made a new interview with the YouTube channel of Tiny TV’s Anders Botters this week and talked about how Rush’s legendary album named ‘2112’ has affected him when he was younger.
As you may already know, Canadian rock band Rush has released their fourth studio album named ‘2112’ in 1976 and it was considered as one of the most legendary albums of all time despite its disappointing sales due to disagreement between the band and the manager of the band Ray Danniels.
The album features 13 tracks including three unreleased tracks in Deluxe Edition which was released in 2012 and ten different tracks that are featured in 40th Anniversary Edition.
In his latest interview with Anders Botters, Dave Grohl talked about the first-time he has listened to 2112 and admitted that that was the first time he had a chance to listen to drums. According to Dave, most of the drummers in punk-rock bands weren’t formally trained these days.
Here is what he said:
“First of all I didn’t have a [drum] set [when I first heard ‘2112’], so it was just pillows in my bedroom. And I put a record on this pillow, that was my hi-hat, and this pillow was my snare.
The first album that I really noticed the drums on was ‘2112’ by Rush, someone gave it to me. That was the first time when I really listened to the drums. I couldn’t play what was being played on the record, but it was the first time I thought, ‘Wow, drummers do that? Oh my god!’
And then not long after that I started listening to punk-rock music, and there was something about the simplicity and energy and feel of all different punk-rock drummers. Most of the drummers in punk-rock bands weren’t formally trained or technically trained, they just played with this energy.”
“I would listen to records by bands like the Bad Brains, bands like Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, and I would play along in my bedroom to that, and I could hear what they were doing – I knew that’s a kick drum, that’s a snare drum, that’s a hi-hat…
And I had these drum sticks that were like really fat, they were like marching drumsticks, so the marching drumsticks and the pillows, playing really fast, hardcore, it didn’t make me play drums like this, I was like [angrier]. So when I finally got on a real drum set, I just broke everything. I broke the cymbal, I broke the kick drum pedal, I broke the hi-hat, and that’s how I ended up playing the drums.
And then over time I think my biggest epiphany was when I discovered Led Zeppelin, and then that’s when I really started listening to [John] Bonham, and that’s when I discovered how drumming can be not only powerful, but poetic, and that’s what I got into.”
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