Dave Grohl says if his career ended today, he'd be thrilled with everything he's achieved.
But that doesn’t mean the Foo Fighters mainman is ready to quit anytime soon, and he says he still believes he’s yet to make his best record with the band.
That non-stop work means Grohl is usually too busy to think about anything other than the here and now. But when he does have time to reflect, he says he’s happy with his legacy.
He tells Esquire: “I’m so goddamn busy I can’t spend time thinking about anything outside of what I have to do today. There are times where I will sit down, take a deep breath, drop my shoulders, and I just kind of breathe and deflate. But I’m not kidding—that happens about once a year for three and a half minutes. In that time, I can really appreciate it. I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished.”
The death of Kurt Cobain gave the then Nirvana drummer time to think and realise how important it is to keep moving forward.
He adds: “There’s so much more to look forward to. That’s something I learned after Nirvana was over. When Kurt died, I had this whole new outlook at life, that we’re all so lucky to be here. You can’t take life for granted. It’s short. It’s fragile. And you don’t know when it’s going to be taken away from you.
“So the short time that you’re here? You just have to kick ass the whole time and not look back. That’s basically what I try to do. I’m not ready to stop, but if it all ended today, I’d be the happiest person in the world.”
Sonic Highways is out now and currently sits at no.2 in the UK midweek album charts.