Dave Grohl Defends Rock ‘N’ Roll at VMAs


While Hurricane Irene was pounding New England on Sunday, the 2011 Video Music Awards (VMAs) were taking place in L.A. The two things I was most interested in were Lady Gaga’s appearance (as a man) and, naturally, the announcement of the “Best Rock Video” winner. The contenders for the prize were Mumford & Sons’ “The Cave”, Cage the Elephant’s “Shake Me Down”, Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks”, the Foo Fighters’ “Walk”, and The Black Keys’ “Howlin’ For You”. Although I had only seen three of the nominated videos, I felt that the judges would probably go for the more artistically done “The Cave”. It was a pleasant surprise to see a fantastic hard rock band like the Foo Fighters win.

Miley Cyrus and Shaun White (a bit of a curious pairing) announced and presented the award. In his acceptance speech, frontman Dave Grohl thanked those involved with the video and included a message to music listeners everywhere: “Never lose faith in real rock and roll music, you know what I mean? Never lose faith in that. You might have to look a little harder, but it’s always going to be there.”

The winning video:

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~ by metalosophy on August 30, 2011.

2 Responses to “Dave Grohl Defends Rock ‘N’ Roll at VMAs”

  1. I gotta respect when a musician stands by his convictions. I like to see people defend rock in front of the mainstream. Personally, I don’ think rock, or metal for that matter, has ever really waned in popularity. You just won’t see that popularity during daylight. I think rock and metal are getting more and more accepted, but still it’s mostly an underground thing that a few chosen ones were selected to be part of. What I mean by that is that I think it takes a unique kind of person to take metal or rock for what it is; to break it down into its elements and be a die-hard dedicated fan no matter what the rest of the world thinks. Rock or metal is not something people just stumble upon and decide that it’s cool or just like it for living in the moment.

    Kudos to Dave Grohl for speaking his mind and not sounding like an idiot on national TV. I like mostly metal, but Foo Fighters are pretty cool and I do like their new album a lot.

    P.S. I hope you and your family faired well through Hurricane Irene.

    • I don’t think rock or metal has waned in popularity either but pop and rap music seem to be dominating nowadays. Additonally, some more recent rock groups have experienced issues with staying power. That may be attributed to the fact that radio now plays pop, rap, and classic rock instead of new singles in attempt to retain listeners. Either way, it was nice for Dave Grohl to make that statement.

      Thankfully, Hurricane Irene wasn’t so bad for us. Mostly just rain, wind, and a couple of fallen trees.

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