When Foo Fighters performed on the MTV Video Music Awards last month, the cameras caught Olivia Rodrigo singing along to “Everlong.” Speaking with Rolling Stone, Grohl shares his reaction to learning the breakout star of 2021 is a Foos fan.
“My daughter told me,” Grohl says. “She was like, ‘Oh, my God. Olivia Rodrigo was singing your song!'”
He adds, “It’s very cool and it’s very flattering, for sure.”
With songs like “Brutal” and “Good 4 U,” Rodrigo is one of a few younger artists bringing guitars and pop-punk elements back into popular music. In fact, Grohl thinks that “the dial is starting to turn back to guitar-based music,” and points to viral drumming sensation Nandi Bushell as evidence that rock is still very much alive.
“If you want to see the true meaning of rock & roll, watch Nandi play the drums,” Grohl says. “That is as inspiring as any Beatles record, any Zeppelin record, any AC/DC record, any Stones record.”
Grohl and Bushell, of course, competed in an online drum battle last year. They finally got to jam in person at a Foo Fighters show over the summer.
“To watch [Bushell] play the drums and see her passion and belief in this music…if that doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will,” Grohl says.
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