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Dave Grohl on Why the Foo Fighters Have Never Played the Super Bowl

September 21, 2018

By Scott T. Sterling

It’s become a depressing annual routine: as the sports gods finally smile upon and bring the NFL back into our lives each fall, the more musically-inclined football fans start to wonder: who’s going to play the Super Bowl halftime show this year? More often than not, the answer turns out to be one big bummer.

News trickling out that pop group Maroon 5 are likely to headline the halftime festivities for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on Feb 3. of next year was definitely a bummer for Kevin of the Kevin and Bean Show on KROQ, which he had to mention to his in-studio guests this morning, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters.

With the Foo Fighters being among the biggest musical acts in the world regardless of genre, one would think that Grohl and the gang would at least be in consideration for the Super Bowl slot, right?

“I’ve had multiple conversations over the years with them where they say, ‘We want to have a rock and roll band. Do you think you could do it? Do you think you could do a stadium?”

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Just like you and I, Kevin and Bean were incredulous that anyone would ask Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters if they thought they could handle the Super Bowl. Considering that the Foo Fighters have rocked some of the biggest stadiums around the globe from Wembley Arena in England to the freaking Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the Acropolis in Greece, yeah, we think the Foo Fighters can handle your football game.

“I was like, ‘Yeah man, we do it all the time,’” Grohl shrugged. “We’re like, ‘Oh my God, I think we’re gonna do the Super Bowl!’ And then it’ll be like, Madonna or Katy Perry or somebody like that.”

Look, Dave Grohl is a chill guy. But he’s also a rock god. And rock gods have feelings, too.

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“I actually got really hammered at this party in France once, and got to meet the dude that does the Super Bowl thing, and I was like, ‘I don’t even want to do the Super Bowl!’,” Grohl slurred in an exaggerated drunk voice. “I used to want to do it. Now I don’t want to do it anymore!’”

“Not to be negative on Maroon 5, but it always seems to be the final chapter in your career,” Hawkins deadpanned.

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“Yeah, I don’t know if it’s jumping the shark, I don’t know,” Grohl added laughing. “We’re just trying to come up with excuses why we haven’t done it.”

So… yeah. It’s not your imagination. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins (and we’d imagine the rest of the guys, too) want to see Foo Fighters play the Super Bowl. You want to see it. We want to see it.

What’s the deal, NFL?! Who’s this guy we’ve got to lobby to finally get some real rock and roll in the shape of the almighty Foo Fighters to rock the Super Bowl halftime show?!

We’ll wait.