Dave Grohl Reminisces About Doing Mushrooms During His Mom's Holiday Party
By Katrina Nattress
December 17, 2020
'tis the season for divulging stories your parents would rather not know. During a recent interview, Dave Grohl reminisced about doing mushrooms for the first time — during his mom's Christmas party.
“I don’t know when this tradition started. It started maybe when I was like 13 years old or 14 years old. I grew up in a house that was really small and every Christmas night people just knew to come over to the Grohls' little house. We would all just sit around and listen to music and drink and stuff like that,” he recalled.
“By the time I was like 14 or 15, now I’m in a punk rock band, my punk rock friends are coming over. Then my mom’s teacher friends are coming over and then my sister," the Foo Fighters frontman added. "I mean, we lived in a small little neighborhood and everyone just knew to come over. So this one year—God I shouldn’t be telling this story. This one year, I think I was like 15 or something like that. My friend gave me mushrooms for Christmas, right? I’d never taken them before."
He continued: “So I thought, ‘Okay, I probably shouldn’t take them at this party because all of my mother’s friends are coming over.’ Right? They’re teachers at the school that I go to, I know these people. I’d known them for a long time. So my friend gives me all these mushrooms. I think, ‘I’ll take a little bit before the party.’ Dude. I was out of my f**king mind. Right? So much so, one of the teachers from the school pulled me into the bathroom at one point and was like, ‘Are you doing cocaine?’ I was like, ‘No, no!’ So then after everyone left I stayed up and tried to learn that [Led] Zeppelin song, ‘Bron-Y-Aur,’ that acoustic thing until like six o’clock in the morning. I never figured it out. I thought I figured it out, but I didn’t really figure it out.”
Oh, to be a fly on that wall.
This year, Grohl decided to celebrate Hanukkah with the Foos' producer Greg Kurstin by covering a song by a Jewish artist on each of the holiday's eight nights.
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