This Is Dave Grohl’s Most Badass Pre-Show Ritual

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I Think This Is Every Rock Star’s Pre-Show Ritual


Dave Grohl and his knack for drinking heavily – the secret for giving a good show, and it’s kind of a ritual. He enjoys drinking before going onstage with the Foo Fighters. He drinks up for beers and more than six shots every night before performing with his band.

“Should I tell people how to do it?” he wondered after being asked about his pre-show ritual  “Not how to do it. How you do it,” drummer Taylor Hawkins replied, prompting Grohl to say, “Kids, stay in school, don’t do drugs.” 

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Grohl also explained how his pre-show ritual began just by taking three Advil about 90 minutes ahead of the show.

“An hour before the gig, I have a Coors Light,” he said. “About 50 minutes before the gig, I hit my first Jag [Jagermeister], 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 Jager and three Coors Lights. Then they sort of clear the room and we get 15 minutes to ourselves.”

He added as he reflected,

“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.”

Then he continued:

“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 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!”

Well, drinking is bad, but you can make an exemption if it helps you to perform better while giving a hell of a show!

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