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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl hasn’t been shy about his political leanings. He frequently criticized Donald Trump, including in his June 2018 British GQ cover story, in which he said he was “ashamed of our president” and called the reality TV personality a “massive jerk.”

Grohl, 52, shared in a new interview with The Independent that he’s been making his political stances clear since he was a kid. He told the U.K. publication that back in the ’80s, he attended “Rock Against Reagan” shows in Washington, D.C., “right on the Mall, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, a quarter of a mile from where I would one day be invited to play at Obama’s first big ‘party’ on the South Lawn.”

“There were police on horses with f—ing batons. It was nuts,” recalled Grohl, whose dad was a supporter of the 40th president, of the anti-Ronald Reagan punk show that featured the likes of Dead Kennedys and Bad Brains. “I’d get beaten by police and rednecks. But it was the right place and the right time for that, under Reagan’s suffocating conservative administration.”

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Nowadays, when he and the Foo Fighters aren’t busy performing for Democratic presidents (the band played their hit “Times Like These” during the Biden-Harris inauguration special “Celebrating America” on Jan. 20) they’re preparing to release their latest album, Medicine at Midnight, in the midst of a global pandemic.

Grohl revealed in the interview that the band was initially told releasing their 10th studio album while the coronavirus has much of the world shut down wasn’t the greatest idea. But an unexpected experience convinced him otherwise — his drum-off with 10-year-old Nandi Bushell.

“When the videos went viral, I realized that the only purpose of the band is to bring joy. That’s it. Right?” Grohl shared. “The battle with Nandi brought happiness and release to the millions who watched it at a time when happiness was in short supply. Watching this great kid kick my a– lifted hearts from the f—ing doom for 3-4 minutes. I knew we had to put the album out.”

And so, with the drum battle with the young music prodigy under his belt, Grohl and the Foo Fighters announced in early December that their new album was coming.

Medicine at Midnight arrives Feb. 5.

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