By now, you’ve probably heard Dave Grohl sum up his directorial body of work as having “lots of hair” (while, at the same time, remaining strangely “waxed”).
But despite that assessment — and his work on the Foos’ brand-new “Rope” video , which premieres Thursday at 7:54 p.m. ET/PT on MTV and MTV.com — you’d probably be surprised to know that Grohl doesn’t really consider himself to be a director at all.
“I’m not a director. I don’t even know how to use the equipment, but it’s fun to try,” he laughed. “[And these days] any kid can do exactly that and have a million people watch it. That’s awesome.”
He’s talking, in part, about the video for “Rope,” but also his shot-on-VHS quickie clip for another Wasting Light song, “White Limo,” which was filmed in just six hours on an old handheld and has since gone on to eclipse the 1 million-view mark on YouTube. To Grohl, they’re basically the same thing: proof that, in this day and age, bands don’t have to break the bank to make a video. They just have to have a killer idea (and maybe a cameo by Lemmy too).
“It’s nice now that there’s not as much importance put on videos as there was in the past. People used to spend, like, $5 million making a video. You think people do that now? They don’t,” Grohl said. “They get a VHS camera, and they make a video in six hours, and today, over 1 million people have watched ‘White Limo,’ the video we made with a VHS camera. And it’s cool. Anybody can do that. That’s f—ing rad.”
The Foo Fighters’ “Rope” video premieres live at 7:54 p.m. ET/PT on Thursday on MTV and MTV.com, followed by an exclusive Q&A session from one lucky Foo fan’s house to be live-streamed on MTV.com. Fans can submit questions via Twitter (@MTVNews using hashtag #askfoos).