He’s been officially the nicest man in rock (trademark) for nearly 20 years, but Dave Grohl has revealed that he suffers from “social anxiety” when out of his comfort zone. The Foo Fighters frontman made the comment when asked how he felt about attending next month’s Emmy Awards.

He told Gold Derby in a video interview: “It’s just going to be such a crazy night, I just can’t imagine. I think I’ll feel like that kid who is the new kid at school, the first day at school. I’ll probably just sit down, with my back up against the wall, just nervous, and waiting to see who is going to want to talk to me.”

Dave GrohlDave Grohl after breaking his leg in Gothenburg, Sweden

Grohl will be at the ceremony after the group’s recent HBO documentary series ‘Sonic Highways’ picked up a number of nominations earlier this month. “I have a little bit of social anxiety. It might seem hard to imagine, but in rooms like that, I kind of clam up. I mean, put me at the f****** Grammys, and I know everybody there, and I’ve got a bottle of whiskey in my hands the whole time, but we’ll see what happens.”

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In the same interview, he also told of his surprise at how well ‘Sonic Highways’, the eight-part travelogue that documented the group recording their 2014 album of the same name, went down with fans and critics. It recently picked up four Emmy nominations, including two for Grohl as producer and director.

He compared directing to writing songs, claiming that his lack of formal training or experience was actually beneficial. “I don't know specifically what I'm doing. I just do it as I imagine it should be done,” he said.

The 46 year old is still recovering from a broken leg he sustained when he fell off the stage during the second song of the group’s gig in Gothenburg in June. It caused the Foos to cancel their Glastonbury Festival headline appearance, as well as a trio of gigs in London and Edinburgh, though they have recently announced details of huge concerts at Milton Keynes Bowl and Murrayfield Stadium in September.

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