Dave Grohl Did The Best Deed For A Local Band That Was Asked To Stop Playing
Dave Grohl, former Nirvana drummer and current frontman of the Foo Fighters, is a nice dude.
In fact, his reputation for being a really nice guy has earned him the moniker “Good Guy Grohl” — and on Tuesday, the 47-year-old demonstrated, once again, why Spin magazine dubbed him “The Nicest Dude In Rock.”
After a teenage metal band from Cornwall, England was effectively banned by the town's council from practicing due to the noise, Grohl penned a letter to the Cornwall Council advocating on the groups' behalf.
According to reports, four-piece band Black Leaves of Envy practiced in a private home garage until noise complaints prompted the town's council to intervene. After reviewing the case, the council ruled the band could still play, as long as they kept their practices down to a level of 30 to 40 decibels, or about the volume of a whisper.
This ruling, obviously, made it impossible for the boys to practice their music in any real capacity. So as a last-ditch effort, they reached out to a fellow musician for help.
That musician was Dave Grohl.
Instead of ignoring the teens, whom he'd never met, Grohl took the time to pen a thoughtful and convincing letter to the Cornwall Council, asking them to reconsider the ruling.
For musicians that lack the resources to rehearse in professional facilities, a garage or a basement is the only place they have to develop their talent and passion. I believe that it is crucial that children have a place to explore their creativity and establish a sense of self through song… 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 that you reconsider the restrictions put upon the volume of their private rehearsal space.
The letter was shared by the Foo Fighters' official Facebook page, where it has since been liked more than 22,000 times.
As for Black Leaves of Envy and their squabble with the local council?
It doesn't look like it's been resolved quite yet, but the town is working to find a solution to the issue. In the meantime, the band and other local musicians are raising money to set up a practice space in town -- one where they can play as loud as they damn well please.
Read Grohl's letter in full below and check out Black Leaves of Envy here.
To learn more about Black Leaves of Envy & how you can help the Cornwall campaign to provide all young musicians with a... Posted by Foo Fighters on Wednesday, March 23, 2016