Everyone likes Dave Grohl. Everyone, that is, except William Goldsmith, the former Sunny Day Real Estate drummer who played in Foo Fighters from 1995 to 1997. Goldsmith worked on the band’s 1997 album The Colour And The Shape only to find out that Grohl had rerecorded all of his parts without telling him, and in a new interview with The Daily Mail, he reveals that he’s still pretty pissed about it.
“Apparently Dave was going to re-record a few of the songs. I don’t know if the producer told him to keep going, or what. But the next thing you know all of the work I had done was gone except for one or two of the tracks,” he recalls, adding that he felt like he had been creatively “raped” by the experience. “It was a way of describing how it felt — when you put that much of yourself into something, and then without you even knowing, it is completely destroyed from existence.”
To add insult to injury, Grohl then asked him to stay in the band and tour with them. “The way things were handled, and what was done to me, I do think that staying in that band would have made me feel like my soul was destroyed and I would have likely ended up dead,” he says. And although Goldsmith “been given the impression” that Grohl “feels bad about the way things went…If he feels bad about how things went then why hasn’t he tried to get a hold of me?” The last time they saw each other was in 2002, at a festival they were both playing at.
Grohl “was a bit like the kid who is popular but is mean and everyone likes them,” Goldsmith explains. “I remember once Dave said in an interview that touring with me was like touring with a punching bag.”
This article originally appeared in Stereogum.