Feb 2013 10

Dear Dave,

We’ve never met and you’ve never heard my music.  I’ve never listened to a Foo Fighters album, and while I was deeply into Nirvana during my teen years, Kurt Cobain was gone a nearly a decade before Ben Tier, my middle school best friend and bandmate-to-be, pulled me into his Great Grunge Binge of 2003.

But after reading yet another article about your recent adventures with the Sound City documentary and the ensuing Sound City Players shows, I felt the need to write about how happy your recent creative pursuits have made me.  You are living the rock and roll dreams of every teenager with a guitar in a bedroom jamming along to Zeppelin.  Never mind that you played drums for one of the biggest bands of the past quarter-century, then followed it up with a continually successful band as frontman.  You played a show with half of Led Zeppelin sitting in.  And then you started a brand-new band with one of them.  Are you serious?  And then you wrote and recorded a song with a friggin’ Beatle.  A BEATLE.  What musician HASN’T fantasized about that?

I’d go on about how you seem to show up at every classic rock Kennedy Center Honors and other associated tribute show, or how you can make analog records in your garage that win Grammys, or how you got to track with Elton John, but the point has been made.

One’s first instinct might be to be jealous, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit envious.  But more than that, I want to thank you.  I owe you a huge debt of gratitude for living the life of musical integrity you have, for being a beacon to those of us who still think rock ‘n’ roll can save the world, that our adolescent musical fantasies can become realities.  Maybe we can’t all jam with Macca and JPJ, but you’ve shown us that if we stick to our guns we can make meaningful connections with the artists who have inspired us to lead this crazy life.

It means so much to me that you have given me and all those like me a high-decibel reminder.  So thank you, Dave Grohl.  I give you my bid for the next generation of Rock’s Elder Statesmen.  Thank you for never giving up on the music.

Peace and love,
Samuel B. Lupowitz

P.S.: Well done on the Chelsea Lately guest spot.

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