That's Enough Already, Dave Grohl

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Dave Grohl is one of my favorite dudes in the world but he needs to hop off my radar for a minute. I'm a mega Nirvana fan and I've always admired Dave for his talent and humor, but lately I can't seem to get him out of my face. His mug is everywhere.

It all seemed to start almost a decade ago when Grohl became a talking head on VH1-type shows, providing expert commentary on some of his favorite bands. He was loose, informed, entertaining. Everybody loved him. Once his skills were exposed, he quickly became the go-to guy for a good sound bite as a talking head, a special guest or a drop-in drummer. He seems to be able to do everything (and do it well), so he's useful in many situations. Producers have decided that he's their No. 1 man -- his presence is clearly seen as an improvement to any event. He slowly moved from his long-held role of rock & roll everyman into professional event attendee.

And now, oh now, the man is everywhere. I barely even watch television, and he still manages to make it on any screen near me with the frequency of the rising sun. Grohl is like a freakin' jack-in-the-box -- you know he's going to pop up, you just don't know when. One of my favorite games is to try to spot him during major televised events. I don't know dick about football, so I spent the majority of the last Superbowl game scanning the crowd shots for his floppy hair -- like a post-grunge version of Where's Waldo. I didn't see him during my Superbowl party, but I saw a photograph of him later after the game and felt validated. He was there. Of course he was there. I knew it.

Award show? Grohl is there. Major festival? Grohl is playing it. High-profile collaboration? Grohl designed it. Supergroup? Grohl is up in it. Featured drummer? Grohl can do that. Receiving honors? Grohl is good at it. Star-studded tributes? Grohl jumps in. Music documentary? Grohl makes them. Rock the vote? Grohl rocks it all night. Photobombs? Grohl kills. Film festival? Grohl is there. One-off performances? Grohl makes it happen. Television cameo? Grohl picks the X-Files. Country music? Grohl loves it. Foo Fighters videos? Grohl does them perfectly. Charity events? Grohl participates. Led Zeppelin? Grohl digs 'em. Internet memes? Grohl makes a fresh one. Protesting? Grohl does it in costume. iPhone party? Grohl wants in on that action. Lemmy time? Grohl steals the show. Punk legends? Grohl knows them. Video-game conventions? Grohl is the wizard. Late-night talk shows? Grohl does Letterman. Roling Stones concerts? Grohl makes them better. Producing sitcoms? Grohl thinks it's easy. Birthday celebration? Grohl works those. Saturday Night Live? Grohl is the most frequent musical guest. Video guest star? Grohl wiggles on in. Surprise gigs? Grohl is all over it. South by Southwest? Grohl gives the keynote address.

Forget about Kurt Cobain: Grohl is clearly the voice of our generation -- if only because he never lets anyone else speak.

There's a reason that his number is always called: He's smart, he's funny, he speaks well, he's good-looking and he always seems to be in on the joke. He's an affable dude, and his laid-back nature and casual cursing makes him seem like cool big brother. Grohl is nearly universally loved. He just gets it. And he seems to genuinely enjoy making fun, collaborative things happen during otherwise boring events. There are very few people who most of us would like to kick it with, and Grohl just seems like the kind of guy who would never have to buy his own shot in any bar on the planet.

Last year, Grohl released his Sound City documentary. It's pretty excellent, though it did sort of seem like 108 minutes of justifying Grohl's eventual purchase of the Sound City Neve board. (Apparently the most holy console since the Megasound 8000 in Josie and the Pussycats.) This documentary served as his official entrance into the film world, so expect him to expand his appearance résumé to include events that aren't musical at all. In this and other mediums, Grohl seems to be the opposite of everything that his generation is usually accused of (unambitious, lazy, directionless). Homeboy is going to get it all done, no matter what.

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114 comments
Jason Kemmery
Jason Kemmery

Tbe person who wrote the article is a friggin' idiot, RFT are flippin' morons for posting it and any of you doosh-for-brains FB readers who "liked" this idiotic article both then and now can suck my nutsack; you probably need to be fed your cream of wheat in the morning by your social worker anyway. Dave Groh is just about all that's left of Rock'N'Roll these days, sadly, and you'd have to both inattentive and exceptionally stupid to say he's overexposed. This makes me want to unfollow RFT. Fookin' morons.

Andrea Krysiak
Andrea Krysiak

Did anyone notice the date on this article? It was written last year

Matthew Ingmire
Matthew Ingmire

I rather see a bunch of him instead of 75% of these other "artist."

Cee Dub
Cee Dub

Dave Grohl can do no wrong! Brian Hellenbrand

Caitlyn DeWitt
Caitlyn DeWitt

He needs to get off your radar?! What about Kanye?! I wish that guy would get out of my face for a while...this article truly sucked. Sorry not sorry.

William Martin
William Martin

It's an 8 part HBO series called Sonic Highways about the recording of the Foo Fighters new cd by the same name. Each song was recorded in a different city with interviews of musical icons(Buddy Guy-Chicago, Joan Jett-NY, etc) from those cities and then have other musicians from those places like Rick Nielson(Chicago), Joe Walsh(LA) and Zac Brown(Nashville) record with them.

Travis Holmes
Travis Holmes

Dude's life is literally rock and roll fantasy camp. Can't hate on him.

Dawn Miller
Dawn Miller

Love Dave Grohl !!!! & the foo fighters .... Talented man & a talented band !!! I don't think we see enough of him !!! Just my opinion .

Brian Kleinschrodt
Brian Kleinschrodt

The new king of Rock and Roll. Sorry Elvis. After all, he was a drug addicted pedophile.

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

didn't know he had a TV series. But I mean relatively. He wasn't doing all the tribute shows and radio spots. He pretty much did the same amount of stuff as any other musical artist. Nothing too crazy to complain about.

Nathan Hewitson
Nathan Hewitson

Yeah, a new album, a TV series and embarking on a massive stadium tour with a shit-ton of bands. What a lazy fucker!

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

What's great is that RFT writers and editors just wave off our criticism as "that's just the Internet being internet".... When in actuality this is not 2008, you tube isn't new and interesting and the line between offline and online is now much more blurred. Reality is that these beliefs are held offline too and are passed via word of mouth to real people in real conversations.

Sara Keller
Sara Keller

Well, Dave is infinitely better than Kanye to be constantly in your face

B.j. Rust
B.j. Rust

i would much rather see over saturation of dave grohl in the music industry, than 90 percent of the talentless "artists" that i saw at the grammys last weekend. Hes just a person that is using his stature to try to inspire others to actually pick up instruments and be creative.. not have a team of writers, autotune, dancers and choreographers... If he wants to play music with dozens of legends and have fun with side bands, good for him! I think we would all love to play music with people that have inspired us!

Ryan Mackley
Ryan Mackley

The only thing that's gotten worse is the dumbasses that write for RFT

Philip Rock
Philip Rock

he's barely done anything this past year.

Steve Metz
Steve Metz

Please Dave go get Jimmy Page and Robert Plant back together and tell them you'll play drums on the tour. You are the only hope. And while you're at it talk to David Gilmour and Roger Waters before its to late.

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

Guess thats difference in perspective and interaction. Until the Grammys the other night, I hadn't seen or heard from Grohl in a while. He's all over your radar. Maybe your radar is too focused with blinders and not open enough and worldly. Focusing outside of music for a while might take him off your radar and make you a stronger writer and more learned person. Just some thoughts running through my mind for the RFT staff in general. Try Challenging yourselves every once in a while and testing your limits.

Bruce Matlock
Bruce Matlock

It's a lame article. I don't see how it was misunderstood... but I am tired of seeing it.

Eric McIntosh
Eric McIntosh

Maybe this will be a trend for 2014. Substitute the endless "Best Of" list "So Far" or "Year End" for just talking about things or people you like but are tired of seeing? #LoveUniqueVisits but #HateComments

Rocky Bridges Chura
Rocky Bridges Chura

Lighten up people......the guy loves Dave and is just citing the obvious. Preadolescent between the lines.....he's a huge fan of Dave and is right about everything he wrote, kudos!

Rocky Bridges Chura
Rocky Bridges Chura

Loved that! It was right on the money and yes we all still love Dave!

Dan Blake
Dan Blake

If you don't want to heat what we think you're in the wrong business. Maybe instead of us lightening up maybe you should get better at what you do

Joan Reeves
Joan Reeves

He's a renaissance man, get over it. I'll lighten up my newsfeed of RFT.

Craig Mitchell
Craig Mitchell

I just commented about how much I don't like this guy or his writing. I deleted it. What's the point? At the very least, RFT, would you please stop bombarding us with his sneering face? Perhaps a new picture with every new article?

Ed Steele
Ed Steele

+1 for the use of the word vitriol

Dustin Estes
Dustin Estes

I look forward to the countless Buzzfeed lists in the near future. Thanks.

Amber Davis
Amber Davis

I feel good not clicking on this link. Because I know this is just a ploy to get views on this useless article.

southcityresident
southcityresident

Jaime Lees, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Chad Cognac
Chad Cognac

Well regardless of how you feel, get ready for 30 more years of dave.

Mary Griffiths
Mary Griffiths

Look at what this bag of musical experts think of your satire! I enjoyed the article. Keep it up, RFT!

Bill Hazzard
Bill Hazzard

Tired of seeing Grohl all the time... Good guy, but go away now...

Tammy Pendino
Tammy Pendino

RFT? Why are you guys deleting people comments on here? How rude!

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