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Don’t Give In To Pressure: Lessons From Dave Grohl

According to Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, he and his band mates will be the only ones rocking out to hits like “Everlong” and “Times Like These” any time soon, Thank You Very Much.

After the Foo Fighters documentary, Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, made its debut at South by Southwest (SXSW) earlier this month, the former Nirvana drummer spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the band’s decision to join the ranks of other musicians (Kings of Leon and Slash, to name a couple), and deny FOX’s Glee permission to use its music on the show.

Grohl is pretty passionate about the choice, dropping multiple F-Bombs and directing the majority of them at Glee’s creator, Ryan Murphy, but the gist of the ordeal is that no one should feel pressured to do – well, basically – what everyone else is doing.

It’s every band’s right, you shouldn’t have to do f***ing Glee. (THR)

I don’t have anything against Glee (I really don’t watch it much – an episode here and there – but I do like how it tackles certain important issues), but I do agree with Grohl’s overall meaning:

People shouldn’t feel pressured to do something they don’t want to do, just because a great number of others are doing it.

How about you? Does Grohl’s “don’t give in to pressure” message resonate with you? Has there been a time when YOU’VE had to stand up to pressure, and perhaps go against what was popular?

(Oh, and here’s a random bit of unrelated trivia: Dave Grohl has performed in more than 30 bands during his musical career. I seriously had no idea.)

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Don’t Give In To Pressure: Lessons From Dave Grohl

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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