Foo Fighters Conquer Grammys
Is it 1994? In a scene straight from the heyday of alternative rock, Foo Fighters nearly swept the 54th Grammy Awards on Sunday night.
While Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots were nowhere in sight, Foo Fighters cleaned house Sunday, winning five Grammys for their work on the album “Wasting Light.” Along with pop soulstress Adele, the rockers were the night’s biggest winners, winning every award they were up for but “Album of the Year.” That honor went to Adele’s “21.”
Despite losing the night’s most coveted award to the critical darling, the band took in the following not-too-shabby awards: Best Rock Performance for “Walk,” Best Rock Song for “Walk,” Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for “White Limo,” Best Rock Album for Wasting Light and Best Long Form Music Video for “Foo Fighters: Back And Forth.”
Despite playing in a legitimate rock band in a day and age when computers and beats seemingly rule all, Foo Fighters are no stranger to the Grammy. All seven of its albums have been nominated, four of which have won the award for Best Rock Album. Beat that, Bruno Mars.
Even more impressive is that all of the work the band was honored for was recorded in a garage. Frontman Dave Grohl actually noted this at the show:
“To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of making music is what’s most important. Singing into a microphone, learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do,” Grohl said as the band accepted their best rock performance trophy for “Walk.” ”It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about sounding absolutely correct. It’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here (your heart) and what goes on here (your head). … Long live rock ‘n’ roll!”
Speaking of playing in a garage, check out this YouTube link for a full-length documentary of the band’s nationwide tour of its fans’ garages. How many garages do you think Katy Perry has played lately?
About John Brhel John Brhel is a freelance writer from upstate New York that enjoys picking apart life's idiosyncrasies and listening to Huey Lewis & the News.