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Naked Raygun Taught Dave Grohl How To Rock Out

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 8, 2011 6:20PM

Photo of Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters Facebook page

In a piece appearing on The Record yesterday, Dave Grohl weighs in on arena rocking versus club rocking and how to try and merge the two. In it we also learn that Grohl's very first live show was seeing Naked Raygun play The Cubby Bear! Here's what he has to say about the show:

We drove up there and my cousin Tracy had turned punk rock," he says. "And she said, 'I'm going to this show tonight. Come with me.' And so I went to this club called The Cubby Bear - it's right across the street from the baseball stadium - and a band called Naked Raygun were playing, and they're this legendary Chicago punk rock band. But I'd never seen live music. So my introduction to rock and roll was in a club that held about 150 people that was half full and I was belly up against the stage watching this incredible live band, like, sweat and spit and bleed in front of me.

We've always had a soft spot for Grohl, one that's recently been rewarmed by his new album with The Foo Fighters (prepare yourself for reams of reviews touting it as "a return to form" when they could simply say "Grohl learned how to write hooks and melodies that are actually awesome and memorable again."). This revelation takes us over the edge into full-on swoon, at least for right now.

We recommend reading the full piece by the way, since it does offer some interesting insights in what goes into playing in front of a bajillion people at a time.