Dave Grohl reveals his greatest fear

Dave Grohl is one of rock’s true greats. One of the last musical figures to be viewed in a God-like manner before the advent of the internet brought the world’s most prominent musicians down to earth through interconnectedness, Grohl has lived a life of such mythical proportions that there can be no doubting why he is regarded as so, even if the concept of the rockstar is out of there.

Before joining grunge titans Nirvana, Grohl began his musical journey as the young prodigy drummer of D.C. hardcore legends Scream. He then gave them the Asgardian force and rhythmic variety they needed to conquer the globe with the overnight coup that was “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Grohl experienced a period of artistic and personal wilderness following the terrible end of Nirvana and the suicide of frontman Kurt Cobain, but he later emerged with the debut Foo Fighters album in tow. He dug deep and also performed with a variety of bands, including Tom Petty, Queens of the Stone Age, and Paul McCartney, while moonlighting as one of the best songwriters of his generation.

As his 2021 book, The Storyteller, confirmed, Grohl has consistently shown himself to be one of the most open A-listers around in addition to being a fantastic musician. Of course, many consider him to be a genius, but the upcoming revelation will shatter this mystique and reveal that Grohl is just an ordinary mortal with a very typical worst fear.

Speaking to BBC Radio’s Jo Whiley in 2021, Grohl disclosed that his greatest phobia is getting locked in an elevator, and he had had a close call where his phobia nearly materialized. The frontman of the Foo Fighters said: “I’m not the claustrophobic kind, but for some reason, being trapped in an elevator gives me the creeps. I had experience elevator trouble once while visiting New Zealand.

Adding: “We were staying in this hotel, I was on like the 40th floor. I packed all my bags and I was rolling them into the elevator, the record company had given me this bottle of wine that had a Foo Fighters label on it or something like that. I got out of the elevator, I hit ‘down,’ the elevator went down about three floors and just stopped.”

The Foo Fighter continued: “And I’m like, ‘Geez, open up!’ I kept hitting ‘lobby, lobby, lobby,’ and nothing’s happening. Then I’m hitting ‘door open, door open, door open’ – nothing’s happening. I’m flipping out, so I hit the little telephone button and they’re like front desk. I said, ‘Hey, I’m stuck in your elevator on like the 38th floor.’”

Luckily, Grohl wasn’t to be trapped for long, and he’d be alleviated of his worry quickly, although he left the elevator feeling slightly worse for wear: “And they’re like, ‘We’re so sorry, we’ll have someone up there right away,’ and I immediately started to panic. I looked at this bottle of wine, it had a screw top on it, and I ripped this bottle – it was 11 o’clock in the morning – I ripped this bottle of wine open and just downed half the bottle. And as I’m guzzling the wine, the elevator starts moving.”

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