And isn't there some artistic-type dude in here somewhere too?
And someone holding a camera that well... common sense and FF 101 history knowledge should make the name fairly straightforward.
And Dave knows a recording exists - he's did originally hear it - but it could be long gone now. What's interesting to me is how laissez faire he always is his old work - including with Barrett and the Reel demo sessions - oh yeah we did that - oh that's right shiiii...it... then he turns around like here and lets out what is actually the real truth lol - how he's hunted and hunted for it. He's actually pretty anal about the band's history, if not his own.
And I'm surprised nobody has ever jumped on him since this for the story behind tearing down his own band's debut venue..
The show took place for a small group of friends and family on February 19th, 1995 in downtown Seattle, and Grohl has long been in the process of looking for a bootleg of it. “There’s a tape, we’ve been searching for that tape for fucking years,” he says. “Somebody has it. I think I know who has it, but someone’s got it and we’ve been trying to get it, and that’s actually what I wanted to release – but we just couldn’t get our fucking hands on it.”
As far as how the show went, the frontman – who is this year’s Record Store Day ambassador – still remembers the pressure he felt to get it right. “It’s a funny thing when your new band decides to play in front of people,” he says, leaving out the fact that it was also his first gig since Nirvana. “At first, it’s terrifying, and we thought the most comfortable way of easing into being the Foo Fighters would be to have a keg party and wait until everyone was wicked fucking drunk and then start playing these songs that no one’s ever heard.”
Regarding the venue, sometimes billed as the Boathouse, Grohl says it was at a spot called the Marine Building. “I don’t think it’s there anymore – actually I know it’s not there anymore because we fucking helped tear it down, but that’s another story,” he says with a laugh. “But it was just off the highway where a couple of [bassist] Nate [Mendel]’s friends lived in these lofts, I think illegally, and one of them was big enough that we could put our gear in there and have a party and we decided that would be the perfect place.”
The reason why he wanted a low-key first concert was because of the buzz surrounding the lineup – which included his Nirvana bandmate Pat Smear on guitar, and Sunny Day Real Estate’s rhythm section (bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, the latter of whom left the group in 1997) – and he wanted to ease into things. “There was a lot of interest right off the bat, and that scared us because we hadn’t done anything yet,” he says. “We started getting interview requests the minute people found out we were a band. We didn’t even have anything to talk about yet, except for the past, and we didn’t want that. We wanted to do something new and we wanted to feel new again. So, the loft party seemed like the perfect place to start.”
That night, the group played “basically the whole first album,” as well as “Winnebago” (from Grohl’s Pocketwatch cassette release) and “Podunk,” a B side on the “Big Me” single. “I remember it being such a huge relief that we just made it to the end and then it was maybe a month later that I heard the recording of it – and I was fucking mortified,” Grohl says with a laugh. “I thought we sounded great and I heard the recording like, ‘Ohhh . . . that’s the Foo Fighters? We’ve got to practice.'” He laughs.
Despite his memory of the recording, Grohl is still seeking out a copy of the recording. “It’s kind of like some Raiders of the Lost Ark shit,” he says.