Foo Fighters’ Chris Shiflett explains the magic of Dave Grohl: “People love that dude”

ABC/Randy HolmesFoo Fighters have been one of the most -- if not the most -- consistently successful rock bands of the last 25 years. So what's the secret to their success? If you ask guitarist Chris Shiflett, you have to give up for one man: Mr. Dave Grohl.

"I don't know that it's any specific one thing, but I think you have to credit a lot of it to Dave and his personality," Shiflett tells Kerrang! "People love that dude. I think he represents something to a lot of people out there."

"He has that gift that means he can make 80,000 people feel like they're his best friend," the guitarist adds of Grohl. "He has that kind of magic, that X-factor thing. I don't know how you define that, or explain that."

Of course, it helps that the Foos put out albums pretty regularly, the most recent of which was 2017's Concrete and Gold.

"There's never been a point where we've taken 10 years off because we all f***ing hate each other and have broken up," Shiflett says. "Or we've all gone off and made reggae records, or whatever. We go out on the road and we play. There's never been a huge diversion from consistently doing the work."

You can see some of that Dave Grohl magic in a batch of newly released live videos from the Foos' 2008 show in London's Wembley Stadium, including performances of "Learn to Fly," "Long Road to Ruin," "Breakout" and "Stacked Actors."

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