Grohl had a time of artistic and psychological wilderness following the terrible end of Nirvana and the suicide of vocalist 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 composers of his time.
Grohl has consistently demonstrated himself to be one of the most approachable A-listers around in addition to being a wonderful musician, as his 2021 book The Storyteller revealed. The following revelation will dispel this mystique and show that Grohl is simply an average person with a very typical greatest fear. Of course, many people think he’s brilliant.
In 2021, Grohl said to Jo Whiley of BBC Radio that he had a phobia of getting locked in an elevator and that he previously had a close call with that worry materializing. Frontman of the Foo Fighters explained:
“I’m not a claustrophobic type, but for whatever reason, there’s something about being stuck in an elevator. Once in New Zealand, I did get stuck in an elevator”
“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 went on to say:
“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.’”
Grohl departed the elevator feeling a little worse for wear, but fortunately he wouldn’t be stuck for long and would soon be free of his worry:
“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.”