Foo Fighters lead guitarist Chris Shiflett opened up about insecurity during a recent interview with Guitarist. The Foo Fighters rocker shared that, like many others, he has insecurities too and some fans’ reactions ruined him during the band’s shows.
He was asked if, as an artist, he ever questions what he is doing. The guitarist answered by revealing how a simple reaction can ruin his mood during a show. Shiflett said about insecurity:
“I think most musicians are battling insecurity on some level. It’s funny because musicians are all narcissists, too. It does take some ego to say, ‘This is my idea; listen to it!’ The hardest thing with performing is not letting the devil get in your head. It can be the best f*cking crowd, and there’s one guy at the back laughing – and that f*cks up your whole thing.”
Shiflett then shared his earlier days and what was considered a good gig back then, which scarred him for life:
“The thing that f*cks me up the most was in my younger days playing in No Use For A Name, where the barometer for a good gig was how hard the crowd danced and how wild the pit was. That ruined me for the rest of my life because I don’t play music that garners that reaction. You just try to keep the dark thoughts out when you’re on stage.”
The rocker also looked towards the future while sharing that nothing in the future is clear and that he gave up trying to think about it since the world has changed his plans in the last two years.
Earlier, the guitarist opened up about going up on stage and admitted that his first time on stage was so scary. According to the guitarist, the way he deals with the feeling is to put it all out of his head and tell himself to go on stage, sing the songs, and not think about it.
Foo Fighters is now on tour, which is currently scheduled to end in June. See the dates here.