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Dave Grohl: ‘I went swimming at the house where Sharon Tate was killed by the Manson Family. It’s so dark’

WWhen Dave Grohl grew up in suburban Washington DC, he regularly met up with friends at a legendary local landmark. Instead of the tin-strewn park bench of British teenage legend, here’s an altogether more dramatic arrangement. Grohl and his friends will spend hazy evenings at the house where the greatest horror movie of all time – 1973 The Exorcist – was filmed. “I spent a lot of time hanging around those stairs,” explained Grohl with a twinkle in his eye. “There was a liquor store called Dixie Liquor right next door, and they would sell beer to teenagers. So when we were little punks, we would just buy big cans of Foster’s and listen to punk rock, sit on the steps and rock the weekend. “

It’s no surprise, then, that Grohl’s sympathy for the devil is so profound. The Exorcist remains the most beloved character of all time and with the rest of the Foo Fighters, Grohl has just fulfilled a lifelong ambition: to make and star in a scary movie of his own.

Lazy people Studio 666 is a well-known parody of satanic killer movies, revolving around sessions for Foo Fighters’ final album, 2021. Drugs at midnight. In it, they set a 10th record since 1994 in a haunted house. One by one, the band members are killed in increasingly bloody ways, as the stereotypes of muso music – creative divergence, the forerunner’s longing for solo and the discovery of a chord Brand new guitars – all happily lit. There are some famous guests, from Lionel Richie, Kerry King of Slayer, and Curb your enthusiasmJeff Garlin, who plays the band’s longtime record label boss.

So far, Grohl says, the film has received mixed reviews, but that’s not really the point. “I almost feel like this movie is meant to entertain us more than you,” he laughs, though he judges Studio 666Chances of winning an Oscar are very high. “No brains. An attack. Grohl said confidently. “Wait, are we talking about the Razzies or the Oscars? I’m referring to the Razzies.”

Based on a story by Grohl, Studio 666 inspired not only by the shockers of the seventies but also from classic movies by bands like The Beatles’ Help! and The Monkees’ The head. There’s a lot of real-life weirdness thrown into the mix. Recording music in a macabre location is nothing new – in the early ’90s, Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails arrived at the house in Los Angeles where Sharon Tate and four others were murdered by Charles Manson’s group harm, to complete their second album, Spiral going down.

Grohl – then the drummer in the iconic grunge band Nirvana – actually went to the house, 10050 Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, during those sessions. “When I was a kid, I was obsessed with horror and knew everything about the Manson Family and those murders,” he explains. “Then, in the summer of ’92, I was in California with a friend in this little house without air conditioning.” Every day, the couple looks for a different swimming pool to try to cope with the sweltering heat. One day, the friend made a particularly odd choice to take a dip in cool water. “My friend called me and said, ‘Guess where we’re swimming today? The house where Sharon Tate was killed by the Manson Family. ”” It was not the engaging experience Grohl had expected. “It was so dark,” he said, 30 years after the creepiest pool party of all time, “because it came true, everything I know about it: walking into that house, it is real. And that house has not changed; front door, living room. It has been developed. It was legally erected. It’s not cool at all.”



Sometimes we’d hang out at a friend’s house and just dance until four in the morning, and we’d play ‘Chaise Longue’ over and over again.

Dave Grohl

Studio 666 also based on less dire concerns. There’s a moment where Jeff Garlin’s character comments on the current state of music. “Rock’n’roll, it hasn’t been relevant for a long time,” he snarled. That’s something we imagine Grohl heard a lot about. “Well, I think you have to define ‘relevant’,” he began. “It’s hard for us to say that rock’n’roll is in a tough spot, because we go on stage and there will be thousands of people eating bananas and singing along to our songs.” However, further down the food chain, he is aware that guitar bands may not have the same cultural style as they once did. “I can understand how it’s another game for young bands today,” he said. “There are so many great young bands that are killing it and have a devoted fan base. They may not be as famous as Nicki Minaj, but honestly, when I saw Billie Eilish, it was rock’n’roll to me. She started a revolution and took over the world.”

Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl in New Horror Movie

(Studio 666)

When it comes to those great young bands, as well as his long-standing and well-documented respect for Eilish, Grohl is currently obsessed with Isle of Wight’s Wet Leg duo. “Wet Leg is about to take over America,” he grins before emerging through last summer’s wildly entertaining “Chaise Longue.” “I actually dig them up. A friend of mine tipped me off about them six or seven months ago and I just couldn’t get the song out of my head.” If you’re invited to a party with Dave this year, expect the song to make a regular appearance on the playlist. “Sometimes we would hang out at a friend’s house and just dance until four o’clock in the morning, and we would play ‘Chaise Longue’ over and over and over and over again,” he revealed.

Turning 53 years old in January, Grohl can certainly now be considered a veteran statesman of rock music. In fact, while he was watching Peter Jackson’s famous Beatles documentary, Return, he saw a kind spirit in another musical hero. “I can especially relate to Ringo,” laughs Grohl, “because most of the movie you see Ringo just sitting there on the drums, kind of waiting for something to happen. That’s what it’s like to be the drummer of a band! “

Despite being the frontman of one of the most successful guitar groups in the world, Grohl still regularly wields the drumsticks. In fact, you’re more likely to see him behind the drums than to leave his band alone to pursue a solo career, like Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder or No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani. “I mean, listen: if I had a solo project, you know what it would be like?” he asks. “F *** ing Foo Fighters. And it would be a lot harder without them.”

‘Studio 666’ is now in cinemas

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