Chatting with Entertainment Weekly, Dave compared digital downloads to the old cassettes, remembering how back in the day when cassettes came out a lot of people branded them killers of the music industry.
And funnily enough, Grohl says that he was a part of the mixtape movement as well. Reacting to the worries of the music industry that sales might decline to the point where labels won’t be able to operate, Dave showed signs of relief, explaining,
“When digital downloading became the industry’s next biggest threat, it just totally echoed what happened when cassettes became popular. Like, ‘Wait a minute, the listener is in control? No!’ And to me, I was like, ‘F–k yeah, man!”
The musician further reminisced the time when he used to collect Fugazi tapes with friends, ultimately stressing that without illegally obtained music, he wouldn’t be familiar with many of his favorite bands, and therefore wouldn’t have spent money on their concerts and merch.
Summing it all up, Grohl admitted that record sales of Foo Fighters are declining, but also pointed out that they are selling stadiums now. And he said it loud and clear that he hardly thinks that the Foos would be able to accomplish such a feat without the help of piracy.
The Foos are set to spend the majority of 2015 on the road, make sure to check out their detailed concert itineraries and additional ticket info here.