Dave Grohl Says The Difference Between Foo Fighters And Taylor Swift Is That His Band "Actually Plays Live"

Let's start with the obvious: Dave Grohl is one of the most significant figures in American mainstream rock music. He is quite literally a living legend.

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He's the rare superstar who's effectively had two successful careers — first as part of Nirvana, one of the greatest rock bands of all time...

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And as the frontman of Foo Fighters, a massive band that's gone strong for nearly 30 years now.

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Dave's also rubbed elbows with some of the biggest names in popular music — fellow superstars, you could say. Here's a photo of him and Taylor Swift back in 2008.

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Now, why did I choose that specific photo to highlight my point? Let's roll the tape.

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So, there's a clip going around from Foo Fighters' London gig last night.

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As you probably know, the London leg of Taylor's Eras Tour was also in its second round last night.

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Over at the Foo Fighters show, Dave wasted no time drawing parallels between their show and Taylor's — and his comments sure were something.

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“So we like to call our tour the ‘Errors Tour,’" he said. "We’ve had more than a few eras, and more than a few fucking errors as well. Just a couple. That’s because we actually play live."

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"What? Just saying. You guys like raw, live rock ‘n’ roll music, right? You came to the right fucking place.”

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Ironically, Dave only made his comments after his mentioning of the Eras Tour drew boos from the crowd — and he replied, rather ominously (and, again, ironically), “I tell you, man, you don’t want to suffer the wrath of Taylor Swift.”

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Of course, it is just deeply weird to suggest that Taylor Swift isn't actually "playing" live. I'm not even saying that from the perspective of a Swiftie, which I am not — it's just common sense.

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And the internet reacted accordingly:

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There were also some more sympathetic readings on Dave's comments, which are well worth considering:

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If I had to guess, I'd imagine we'll get some sort of clarification from Dave in the near future. In the meantime — let's all try to keep a cool head about this in the end.