DAVE GROHL Opens Up About Hearing Loss: ‘I’ve Been Reading Lips For 20 Years’

Dave Grohl

FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl has opened up about his hearing loss during a recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show.

“If you were sitting next to me right here at dinner, I wouldn’t understand a f*cking word you were saying to me the whole f*cking time,” Grohl said. “There’s no way. In a crowded restaurant — that’s the worst.

“The worst thing about this pandemic sh*t is people wearing masks. I’ve been reading lips for, like, 20 years… I’m a rock musician. I’m f*cking deaf. I can’t hear what you’re saying.”

“When we go in to make a record, and we’re mixing an album, I can hear the slightest little things. My ears are still tuned in to certain frequencies, and if I hear something out of tune or a cymbal that’s not bright enough or something like that. In the mix, I can f*cking hear the minutiae of everything we had done to that song.”

He also added that he also manages to perform live without wearing ear monitors: “The problem that I have with [ear monitors] is it removes you from the natural atmosphere sound. I wanna hear the audience in front of me… It messes with your spatial understanding of where you are onstage,” he said.