Dave Grohl versus Taylor Swift might be the weirdest feud ever

The Foo Fighters and Swift must not appear in the same city, it seems, because doing so sparked an odd feud.
Dave Grohl and Taylor Swift at the 2008 Grammys
Dave Grohl and Taylor Swift at the 2008 Grammys / Lester Cohen/GettyImages

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is what happened, right? After all, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters has long been thought of as one of the nicest people in show business. Does he have his baggage? Yeah, probably. Who doesn't? The truth is that fewer and fewer people seem to understand wry humor.

Taylor Swift seems pretty nice too. She rarely says a bad word about anyone other than her ex-boyfriends and as we do not know them personally, we cannot truly defend them. If Swift says something, we should believe her. She has rarely misled us.

Swift and Grohl have seemingly been pals in the past. They make different kinds of music - the Foos bang out rock songs and Swift churns out pop tunes - but their political sentiments seem the same and their approach to music does not differ much. They are both completely in control of what songs are created, how the songs are engineered, and who plays all the instruments.

Dave Grohl and Taylor Swift have a bit of a dust-up in London

That brings us to the point. Both artists were performing concerts in London this past week and were aware of each other. But then, according to Swifties, Grohl overstepped. The issue stems from a tongue-in-cheek moment when Grohl mentioned Swift was performing as well and made a pun about the name of Swift's tour. The joke at first was meant to be self-effacing, but then turned harshly.

What Grohl said was, "I know that we were joking about the Taylor Swift tour earlier. I know that she’s on her ‘Eras Tour.' I tell you, man, you don’t want to suffer the wrath of Taylor Swift. So we like to call our tour the ‘Errors Tour'...We’ve had more than a few eras, and more than a few (expletive) errors as well. Just a couple. That’s because we actually play live. What!? Just saying. You guys like raw, live rock (and) roll music, right? You came to the right (expletive) place."

That, of course, implies that Taylor Swift uses a lot of pre-programmed music. Many artists do, though Swift might not. The rub is that any implication that a musical artist is not playing live might also mean that when they are in the studio they are using technology to enhance their sound as well, such as auto-tune.

Swifties reacted vehemently online. Many suggested Dave Grohl is relatively unknown compared to Swift. This is farcical, of course. Grohl has been involved with the Foo Fighters and Nirvana and suggesting he is an unimportant artist is naive and without value.

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Still, Taylor Swift did something she does not normally do and responded directly. Sort of. The day after Grhol made his bon mot, Swift said in concert, "(This is) an unforgettable moment in not just my life, but every one of my band members, every single one of our crew. My band who’s gonna be playing live for you for three and a half hours tonight, they deserve this so much."

Let's just call it even. Dave Grohl was likely joking. Taylor Swift probably did not take Grohl's comments too personally. Let the world be at peace now.

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