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Dave Grohl Proves One More Time He Is The Nicest Guy In The Music Business


Dave Grohl


Dave Grohl is such a nice guy… How many times did you hear this? I bet a lot of times! You have to admit he does everything he can to perpetuate his myth of niceness and kindness. His last good action in date? He helped an unsigned English teenage band. He didn’t cost him a dime, he didn’t require him too much work, and he made him look good, very good.

Some poor kids, who play in the metal band Black Leaves of Envy, could not rehearse in their neighborhood garage due to local noise restrictions, and that’s totally understandable. So Grohl simply wrote a letter to the local council in Cornwall to support the young band! Of course he was contacted by the members of the band themselves, who could not believe it when they got an answer: ‘It’s pretty surreal, we sent the letter off to ask for his support … We were all shocked when we got the reply.’

When I say kids, they are really young, 15 to 17, and these youngsters probably reminded Growl about Nirvana’s early days when he wrote:

‘My name is Dave Grohl, and I’m writing on behalf of the local music group Black Leaves of Envy. It has been brought to my attention that the band is having difficulty functioning within the current noise restrictions placed upon them by the Cornwall council. For musicians that lack the resources to rehearse in professional facilities, a garage or basement is the only place they have to develop their talent and passion. For the sake of your local band Black Leaves of Envy, and for the generations of young musicians that they may eventually inspire, I ask you reconsider the restrictions put upon the volume of their private rehearsal space.’

The council didn’t reply but made this statement to NME:

‘The Council is legally required to investigate once it has received a complaint about noise. In this case we have received a number of complaints about the level of noise. We have not, however, told the band to stop playing or told them they must keep sound levels below 40 decibels. We have not prescribed a set noise level but have advised that the sound levels are currently too high. We have offered to work with them to look at ways of reducing the noise levels by suggesting they look at installing some sound proofing into the garage to address the problem or possibly compromise by looking at playing only at certain times. We have spoken to the owner of the property on three occasions so far and are arranging to visit them to try and identify a solution.’

It sounds very promising, ‘It’s amazing to have someone of with Grohl’s weight back us,’ said Adam Jones, lead guitarist and singer of the band. ‘We wrote our first EP in that garage and without having that rehearsal time and space we’d be nowhere.’

I bet it is amazing! I understand these kids being in awe by the whole thing but isn’t it just a good PR move from Grohl? If he wants to really help kids he could build a real place where they could rehearse, give them a few studio hours, take them on tour or even offer them his own garage… you know, the possibilities are endless! But a letter is much more interesting as it can be reposted ad infinitum on social media. And that is Grohl’s real value of kindness.

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