Dave Grohl’s Pre-Show Drinking Routine is Insane
I’m not sure why, but at this stage in his career I figured Dave Grohl to be a fruit-smoothie-and-a-protein-bar before shows kind of guy, maybe a beer, two tops. Boy was I wrong! The dude drinks like a fucking fish, which certainly seems more in character with the life-loving, zestful fella we all know.
During a recent interview on Los Angeles radio station 95.5 KLOS, Grohl revealed his typical pre-show drinking routine in detail, and frankly I’ve got no idea how he gets up on stage and puts on a balls-to-the-wall, two hour show after consuming so much booze. Here’s how it goes down:
Interviewer: A few minutes before you go on, maybe you have a ritual. Ten, fifteen minutes before. What are you doing in that period? Is it Jager? What are getting ready to go on the stage and liquored up?
Dave Grohl: One Hour before the show. Really? Should I tell people how to do it?
Taylor Hawkins: Not how to do it. How you do it.
Dave Grohl: “Kids, stay in school, don’t do drugs…
“An hour and a half before the gig, I take three Advil. An hour before the gig, I have a Coors Light. About 50 minutes before the gig, I hit my first Jag [Jägermeister], finish the Coors Light, get another Coors Light going.
“Now there’s a bunch of people around, so I’m throwing shots at everybody and I’m taking shots with everyone in the room. The next Coors Light is down, I got a cold one.
“Now it’s about maybe 20 minutes before going on. I’ve had three or four shots of Jäger and three Coors Lights. Then they sort of clear the room and we get 15 minutes to ourselves…
“This is bad! This is how I’ve spent every night of the last year and a half. That’s why I’m not scared of the Lord. I’ve seen worse.
“So then like 15 minutes before, we’re like, ‘We need our privacy,’ which is such bullshit. We totally don’t.
“So then, it’s all of us and I feel guilty because I’m the only one who’s been doing the shots of the Jag so I start feeding shots of Jag to the rest of the band who are all drinking white wine and champagne and whatever.
“So I’m pounding them with Jag but I have to take them [the shots] with them so now I’m five or six shots in. And it’s like, it’s time to walk to the stage so I crack another beer just to have a cold one as I walk up and I pick up the bottle and drink the last inch of the Jag!”
Christ lord have mercy; if I drank that much in an hour and a half I’d either be puking my guts out into a toilet, curled up on the couch passed out or one right after the other. That aside, my favorite part of this interview is by far the part where he says the band’s request for privacy 15 minutes before stage time is “such bullshit.” Grohl is amazing on a number of different levels, but his candor is really something!
[via Alternative Nation]