I think it’s well known that Dave Grohl is one of the nicest men in rock and roll, but he really earned this title last week when he turned up at a homeless shelter in Los Angeles with a giant smoker and spent 16 hours cooking meat for rough sleepers, managing to feed over 450 of them.
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The Foo Fighters legend turned up at The Hope Mission in the city of angels, complete with an overnight kit and spent 16 hours preparing ribs, pork, brisket, cabbage, coleslaw and beans for those residents who were going through hard times. Apparently he paid for everything himself, managed to keep the fires burning overnight, and walked around meeting all the homeless people and encouraging the workers whilst he was there.
Upon finishing cooking all the meat, he then called his friends and family to help serve it all to everyone in attendance. He then deep cleaned the kitchen before asking the shelter when it would be convenient for him to return for another session. There goes my hero hey?
Here’s what Hope of the Valley CEO Rowan Vansleve had to say about it all:
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He turns up at 6pm, and this meat truck gets delivered.
And it’s like an obscene amount of food. It’s unbelievable, the guy spent thousands of dollars. And he is in there by himself in our little food-prep area, trimming the fat off [the meat], making sure every single one’s perfect. He’s got all of his mates together. They’re backing in these giant smokers.
There’s this megastar walking around hugging and just loving on people. Then he starts to light all the fires at about 11p.m., and this is when the massive storm hit. … So he’s out there last Wednesday through to Thursday. So it’s pouring down, the area’s flooded. And he stayed out there from midnight until I think it was 6 a.m. when the meat stopped resting.
What a gesture hey? Vansleve mentions that there was flooding on the day that Grohl turned up, but there were major snow storms in Los Angeles last week that originally prompted the former Nirvana drummer to get involved with helping the shelter in the first place. What a guy.
I know this all reeks of ‘improving his public image’ or whatever – not that it really needs to be improved – but even if he was doing this solely as a PR stunt because the Foo Fighters are announcing a US tour, he’s still helping a bunch of homeless people as well and paying for it out of his own pocket, which can’t go unnoticed. There are 1000s of other things he could have done to promote that, but he chose to do this instead and that’s just one of the reasons why he’s a major legend. I don’t think you can knock that.
For more of the same, check out when the Foo Fighters opened an East London pub. That was weird.