Dave Grohl Ended Beef Between Foo Fighters and The Cult with a Handshake

SEPTEMBER 22: Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performs onstage during day 2 of the 2019 Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival on September 22, 2019 in Franklin, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival)
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Dave Grohl is giving dad rock a good name. The Foo Fighter frontman and former Nirvana drummer has made amends with UK psych-rockers The Cult, as reported by that band's frontman, Ian Atsbury.

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The rock and roll beef started years ago, with rumors of The Cult working on a song called "Bring Me the Head of Dave Grohl" while recording the band's 2011 release, Beyond Good and Evil. When asked about it, Atsbury had quite the tale to tell.

"I’ve got a vague recollection of that," Atsbury laughed to Vanyaland. "I think Dave had said something inAlternative Press whereby he said something like, “I went to see The Cult on a dare, and that kind of music makes me want to put a gun to my head” — I’m paraphrasing. I think that at that time, we were not too pleased with that [laughs]. Especially from an artist like that who we actually admired. I mean, I admired him as an artist. I certainly didn’t feel an adversarial relationship with Dave Grohl; I thought Nirvana were amazing, thought he was an incredible drummer, and perhaps he was just finding his feet in the world post-Nirvana/early stages of Foo Fighters and he just needed to go out and make a statement like that.

"At the time I think that kind of hurt," Atsbury recalled. "But fast forward to maybe two years ago, we played the NOS Alive festival in Portugal with like, 50,000 people and the bill was Foo Fighters, The Kills, The Cult, a few other acts. And straight after our show David Grohl walked into our dressing room, walked straight up to me and said, 'Hi, I’m David Grohl. It’s really nice to meet you. Because I’m not sure what happened in the past, but hopefully we can put all that behind us, and I just want to say great to meet you.' I shook the man’s hand. I have no problem with him. He’s an incredible artist. There’s room for everybody. If you don’t like it, don’t listen to it. But don’t put down a fellow artist — ever. I’m sure there’s been times when I’ve said slight things about artists and later have gone away and gone like, 'Why did I say that? Was I jealous? Was it just a brain fart?'"

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