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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84 comments
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!

John Winston Powell
John Winston Powell

I thought it was well written and funny with all the citations of Grohl's omnipresence--but we need Grohl's witness. Can't get enough of Dave Grohl.

Dan Blake
Dan Blake

If you have a problem with Dave grohl you're an assbag. I didn't even like nirvana but I love Dave grohl for his contributions to music, his respect for music and the history of it, and most importantly his willingness to give everything to accomplish what he wants. This article or whatever the fuck it is was stupid and pointless.

bob196
bob196

an article slamming a huge talent making the most of his life....Jamie writes it

Kimberly Hughes
Kimberly Hughes

OK, Dave Grohl is an amazing man and musician and I enjoy listening to anything and everything he does and collaborates on. Also, I just have to bring this up, her comment on Ringo Starr is totally wrong. Because Ringo is still living and he was a Beatle, so yes he counts and should not be forgotten. And I feel every true Beatles fan feels the same way.

Eric Farlow
Eric Farlow

Nice guy, good musician, always positive, good insight, down to earth, consistently making music. Now tell me why you're gonna hate on Dave Grohl at the same time you're employing nice guy, good musician, always positive, good insight, down to earth, consistently making music Andrew W.K?

B.j. Rust
B.j. Rust

In a time where terrible music reigns, he is just trying to inspire REAL musicians, not flash in the pan hipsters posers. I hope he continues to show up on everything you mentioned, because then there is a reason to watch!

Guy Favazza
Guy Favazza

Agree RFT. Now he's just trying too damn hard.

Jeff Allen
Jeff Allen

Well, since rock is dead and Grohl is the only remaining of his kind, they're gonna trot him out from time to time...or all the time.

Tracy Hudson
Tracy Hudson

I don't get this at all. Of all people, it doesn't even matter that it's Dave grohl. The dude is an upright person--an actual decent human being worthy of being a role model, AND he's a celebrity. Why is it worth the time to criticise him for doing what it is that he loves and is his career if it's such a great example for future musicians to aspire to? I don't think Paul McCartney has ever slowed down in his career either. Why does anyone really need to criticise anybody for that matter? If someone doesn't like something, why take your time to go out of your way to dedicate time to the thing you don't like? Probably the funniest part of this whole article is that it basically is perpetrating the very thing that it's criticizing. I get the whole "I need a dichotomy" thing, but really, in a world where there's nickleback, twerking, and stupid boys pissing in mop buckets because they think they're above everyone, I welcome Grohl with open arms as the Thomas Jefferson of the modern music scene. The guy worked for it. When he's ready to take a break, I'm sure he'll know.

Jade Ivy
Jade Ivy

Dave Grohl didn't go to prom with you. Get over it

Sherry Fleming DeBell
Sherry Fleming DeBell

Dave is where he is BECAUSE he is EVERYTHING you said in your article.......he is a REAL musician! talented as F**** and I wish there was MORE of him, hes real, he's not a sell out, he just loves rock and roll and so LAY OFF MY BOY!!!!! He kicks ass in everything he does!

Andrew Bohler
Andrew Bohler

Funny that people still read Riverfront Times. They die years ago before Ryan Wasoba, professionally.

Mike Levin
Mike Levin

Reposting it doesn't make the article any less incoherent and irrelevant

Rob May
Rob May

Really bad attitudes emanating from RFT music writers as of recent

Lynn Pevey
Lynn Pevey

Karma smacked you on the @ss for that one, eh? o.O I'm not surprised and you shouldn't be either. Now leave Dave alone and quit yer bitchin' :P lol

David Peterson
David Peterson

Just because your at all the partys doesnt mean your the life of the party he's a parasite

Eric Lachmiller
Eric Lachmiller

Grohl's popularity with the media comes from being about the only guy out there with classic rock cred that isn't eligible for Social Security.

justinlpoole
justinlpoole

Nirvana is the most overrated band in the history of Music 

jmatthewn
jmatthewn

Your criticism is that you have nothing to criticize? I've come to expect snarky hipster-laden (i.e. self-righteous, cooler-than-thou) commentary from the RFT, but it usually contains at least one valid critical remark and/or a dash of humor. This is just sad.

Courtney Cronin
Courtney Cronin

This is something a 14 year old music snob who is too cool to swim in the mainstream would write.

Mike Bach
Mike Bach

Sweet. More RFT clickbait. Just what I was hoping for.

William Wiser
William Wiser

Why don't you guys cry about some other shitty band like Mumford and son or imagine dragons. Dave is an icon.

DG3000
DG3000

I see alot of dave grohl dick riders. Half of these people are too old to be reading this article are too musically shielded to have an opinion that should be taken seriously. Regardless you're allowed to have an opinion. Lucky us

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