Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins was recently asked by CNN if he gets nervous whenever the band releases a new album, to which he replied (via Alternative Nation):
“Every time. You always wonder if it’s going to be good. Especially in this day and age where the forum for rock music is such an old smelly mare.
“We’re not going to seem badass to a 10-year old, we’re like 48-to-50-year-old dudes, and I get that. We’ve sort of become the elder statesmen of rock, at some point.
“It’s funny, we get a lot of fan mail: ‘You’re keeping rock alive!’. I’m like, I hope someone else is gonna do that, or else we’re really screwed.”
Back in November, Taylor told Fuse about the current state of rock music:
“I think there’s good stuff out there, but you really have to go hunt for it.
“When I was in high school, Guns N’ Roses were the biggest band in the world, and the biggest thing on the radio. Obviously that’s not the kind of thing that’s happening right now.
“I always like to think that there’s a Kurt Cobain somewhere in his parents’ basement, hating his parents, hating the world, getting ready to rewrite rock and roll with a guitar, bass, and a drum set.
“Because I love rock and roll, and I like the feel, I know we both do, and our band in general, we like a human feel to music. I feel, no pun intended, that’s kind of missing a lot.
“It just so happens right now that hip hop and sort of throwaway pop music, I call it throwaway pop music, my kids wouldn’t, but I do. It just happens to be at the top of the charts for the most part, except for a couple of weeks ago when we had a number one record.”