Dave Grohl, the storyteller himself, appeared on the BBC children’s series CBeebies to read fellow drummer Ringo Starr’s Beatles-inspired children’s book The octopus garden.
“After a busy day of rocking, I like to relax by telling stories about places I’d like to go. Sometimes I imagine I’m in space, zooming through the stars, or traveling through time with huge dinosaurs. Sometimes I like being under the sea,” Grohl said during his introduction to the 2014 bedtime story.
“I love this story because it was written by someone who plays drums just like me,” adding that Starr is “my hero.”
The Foo Fighters frontman then recited Starr’s book – based on the… Abbey Road classic and accompanied by the book’s illustrations by Ben Cort – in a gentle, bedtime-inducing way. “Why don’t we all lay our heads on the seabed and dream of underwater adventures,” Grohl said at the end of the book.
Earlier this week, Grohl released his memoir the storyteller, a more mature tome about his life and career, from his tenure in the punk band Scream to drumming for Nirvana to fronting the Foo Fighters.
“When the lockdown took place, I suddenly had nothing to do. I never have anything to do,” Grohl said of the book. “I’ve always been creatively restless, so I thought I’d spend my time writing these short stories for an Instagram page [called] ‘davestrustories.’ And I fell in love with writing. I thought, ‘Oh, you know what? Maybe I’ll write a book’, without realizing how huge a project it would be.”
He added: “The idea was to pick the stories that best describe what it’s like to be behind the curtain and on the inside of the music, from the drum throne looking out. To play music, have this beautiful family, travel the world, meet people from all walks of life, I never take this for granted, believe me.”