IT Renaissance Dude
WHY HIM? As frontman for the Foo Fighters and part-time drummer for Queens of the Stone Age, Killing Joke, Cat Power, and, for all we know, your band, the former Nirvana timekeeper may be the busiest man in rock -- and is definitely one of the funniest. Playing ''London Calling'' at the Grammys' Clash tribute alongside Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello only confirmed Grohl's hard-won place among rock royalty.
MOMENT OF UBIQUITY ''It was strange for about a month there, where I'd turn on the radio and hear 'All My Life' from the new Foo Fighters record, then change the channel and hear 'You Know You're Right' from the Nirvana thing, then hear 'No One Knows' from Queens of the Stone Age. I started to feel like the alternative-rock P. Diddy. [Belches] Which is a little frightening.''
FAVORITE BAND Fellow It Listers My Morning Jacket.
NOTES ON THE BOSS ''He'll laugh at anything. Like, 'Hey, Bruce, your shoe's untied.' Ahahahah!! For someone who seems like he's bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders, he's, like, the happiest dude I've ever met in my life.''
NEXT An August marriage to TV producer Jordyn Blum. A ''full-on instrumental band'' (in the jazz-punk vein of Black Flag side project Gone) with Foo drummer Taylor Hawkins and producer Nick Raskulinecz. And the long-awaited release of the Probot album, on which Grohl plays all instruments and cedes vocals to luminaries like Motorhead's Lemmy and Sepultura's Max Cavalera.
LISA MARIE PRESLEY
WHY HER? The pundits and playa hatas had the knives out for Elvis' only daughter. But her hit debut CD, To Whom It May Concern -- released this spring after years of false starts -- has gotten its fair share of respect, begrudging or otherwise.
HITTING THE GROUND ROCKING Her first gigs were industry showcases, and the next were radio-station shows in venues like Giants Stadium, so ''there was really no runway,'' she says. ''But I'm getting more at ease. The [VH1] Divas thing was probably the most stressful, because it was live, and I'm brand-new on the scene, and white, and wondering why am I here with these amazing singers?''
YES, WHY? ''Because it was cool to throw the rock element in there and break it up a bit, and then [duet] with Pat [Benatar], who was a huge influence on me as a kid.''
ANOTHER UNEXPECTED INFLUENCE ''Oddly enough, the biggest impact on my life musically has been Pink Floyd. Those songs never, ever go away. That's all I wanted to project -- something timeless.''
GOSSIP HOUNDS, BEWARE ''I understand that people want to place whoever with whichever song. But there are people out there -- thank God -- who are just listening to the songs, not going 'Is this about [ex-husband] Nic [Cage]? Is this about [ex-husband] Michael [Jackson]?' That's expecting a lot, but I know those fans are out there. I've met them.''
NEXT A summer tour with Chris Isaak.