Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was asked if he would ever consider replacing Neil Peart in Rush if the other members of the legendary Canadian rock outfit reached out.
The former Nirvana drummer responded, “I would say, ‘I’m not physically or musically capable, but thanks for the offer.’ Neil Peart, that’s a whole other animal, another species of drummer.”
Grohl continued, “I know the arrangements, but I’m like Meg White to Neil Peart. And she’s one of my favorite drummers! She’s my daughter’s favorite drummer, too. My daughter plays drums to two types of music: White Stripes and AC/DC. I’m like, ‘That’s exactly what you need to be doing.'”
Peart seems to have retired at the end of the last Rush tour, effectively bringing the band’s career to an end. Grohl said that getting the 2112 album when he was eight years old “changed the direction of my life,” adding, “It made me want to become a drummer.”
Recalling the first time he met Peart, Grohl said, “This man was as influential as any religion or any hero or any person in someone’s life. He said, ‘So nice to meet you. Can I make you a coffee?’ And he made me a coffee, man. And later on that night, I went to dinner and had a couple glasses of wine and I started f**king crying because my hero made me a f**king coffee.”
Grohl and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins inducted Rush into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013, performing “2112 Overture” with producer Nick Raskulinecz while dressed up like Rush circa 1976, complete with wigs, platform shoes and kimonos.