Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl appeared to criticize Variety’s transcription of his comments about singer Billie Eilish during an interview at a Pollstar conference in Los Angeles, saying it was a paraphrase that missed the point rather than a direct quote.
Grohl tweeted, “For a VARIETY of reasons, and out of respect for Billie Eilish, I’d like to share the transcript of what I actually said at the Pollstar convention the other day, rather than some lazy paraphrasing that completely misses the point."
Grohl was quoted as saying, “My daughters are obsessed with Billie Eilish. The same thing is happening with her that happened with Nirvana in 1991. People say, ‘Is rock dead?’ When I look at someone like Billie Eilish, rock ‘n’ roll is not close to dead!”
But his full remarks made it seem less like he was comparing Eilish directly to Nirvana on a musical and cultural level, which is what some fans initially got out of the Variety quote.
According to the transcript, Grohl said, "My daughters are listening to Billie Eilish and they’re becoming themselves through her music. She totally connects to them. So we went to go see her play at the Wiltern, and that connection that she has with her audience is the same thing that was happening with Nirvana in 1991.”
He continued, "Her music is so hard to define . . . But it’s authentic. And I would call it rock n’ roll. I don’t care what sort of instruments you use to do it. When I look at someone like Billie Eilish, I’m like, ‘S**t man, rock n’ roll is not even close to being dead.’”
Grohl also revealed at the conference that the Foos had to postpone two shows this week in New Orleans due to him having long-overdue surgery on his arm. The band will make up the shows in May.
Source: Pulse of Radio