Dave Grohl
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Dave Grohl
David Eric "Dave" Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and film director, who is the lead vocalist, guitarist, primary songwriter and founder of the Foo Fighters. Prior to this, he was the drummer for the grunge band Nirvana. He is also the drummer and co-founder of the rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures.
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'Hamilton'-Themed 'Drunk History' Is The Holiday Gift We Deserve
Huffington Post - 3 months
If you didn’t catch the latest “Drunk History” ― Episode 10, Season 4 ― please correct your mistake. Stream the blessed television experience on Comedy Central’s website or app so that you, like we did, can witness the magic that is Lin-Manuel Miranda, drunk, reciting history like it’s his job. (Note: It was his job. See: “Hamilton: An American Musical,” which he created. And that’s why he’s do goddamn good at it, even when plied with copious amounts of booze.) If you’ve already watched the episode several times today... great. Let’s talk. There are a few moments we’d like to underscore. Because the biography of Alexander Hamilton is made infinitely more interesting when acted out by the likes of Alia Shawkat, Aubrey Plaza, Tony Hale, David Wain, Bokeem Woodbine and a little known actor named David Grohl. (Yes, Dave Grohl.) Those moments are: This introductory quote from Miranda on Alexander Hamilton: “History spoiler: He’s gonna invent our economy.” Tha ...
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Lin-Manuel Miranda Did Indeed Get Very Drunk For 'Hamilton'-Themed 'Drunk History'
Huffington Post - 3 months
What’s better than “Hamilton: An American Musical”? Possibly nothing. But a “Hamilton”-themed “Drunk History” episode cuts pretty close.  Lin-Manuel Miranda, who will long be remembered for his ponytailed depiction of a Founding Father without a father on Broadway, will make your alcohol-laced dreams come true later this month when he appears on the Comedy Central show “Drunk History.” EW just released a teaser for the Nov. 29 episode. According to the clip, shown above, we can confirm that Miranda does indeed recount the life and times of Alexander Hamilton. And that, yes, he gets significantly sozzled.  Here are the best lines so far, because that’s what you came here for: “F**k you, f**k you, you’re cool, Aaron Burr, nice to meet you.” -Alexander Hamilton “[Burr] um, like, kills a lot of British dudes.” -Narration “Motherf**ker, like, come work for me.” -George Washington “You’re gonna be in the guy ― in with the guy who knows best.” -George Was ...
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Photographer Deirdre O Callaghan captures Dave Grohl, Questlove and others doing 'The Drum Thing'
LATimes - 4 months
Drummers are notoriously the most overlooked members of the band. They sit in the back onstage, hidden behind their kits, seemingly interchangeable. Musicians know, however, that drumming is the essential backbone of great music. This is why Irish photographer Deirdre O Callaghan chose drummers...
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Dave Grohl's mother poised to publish book on raising rockstars
Yahoo News - 6 months
The mother of Foo Fighters' singer Dave Grohl is set to release a new book which explores what it's like to be the mother of a rockstar, drawing from her own experience and interviews with other famous musicians' moms. The book by Hanlon Grohl, to be published in April 2017 in the US by Seal Press, has been titled "From Cradle To Stage: Stories From The Mothers Who Rocked And Raised Rock Stars," and features commentary from the mothers of artists such as Dr.Dre (Virginia Griffin), Amy Winehouse (Janis Winehouse), and the Haim sisters' mother (Donna Haim).
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Nick Lachey Is The New Dave Grohl In Foo Fighters Breakup Spoof
Huffington Post - 12 months
Is it getting hot in here because it feels like 98 DEGREES. For a band that's been together more than 20 years, the Foo Fighters still seem to genuinely enjoy each other's company, despite the near constant breakup rumors that have plagued the group for years. To quell the whisperings of frontman Dave Grohl's discontent, the rock band released a breakup video spoof late Wednesday night, in which the other four members consider potential replacements for the vocalist, like Justin Bieber, Prince, Phil Collins and the natural choice, Nick Lachey.  In the seven-minute video billed as an "Official Band Announcement," Grohl, who recently wowed the Oscars audience with his rendition of "Blackbird" during the "In Memoriam" segment, expresses his desire to spread his wings and learn to fly (solo). As the band members catch wind of his intentions to break out on his own, they retaliate by inviting Lachey to sing the classic Foo Fighters hit "Everlong." Considering how terr ...
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A New Nirvana Track Just Surfaced
Huffington Post - 12 months
In 1992, Dave Grohl wrote a song he called "Marigold," a version of which would later show up as a Nirvana B-side to the 1993 single "Heart-Shaped Box." According to the YouTube channel, RareNirvana -- which surfaces forgotten material from the band -- Grohl recorded a separate version of the track during Nirvana's "In Utero" album session. In this mix, Grohl is the lead singer, despite the official version featuring the typical frontman, Kurt Cobain. Although it is unclear when exactly Nirvana recorded this version, the channel believes it was in February 1993 at Minnesota's Pachyderm Recording Studio. Consequence of Sound claims that Cobain still sings the low harmony on the track.  Listen to Grohl's version of "Marigold" below while it's still on YouTube: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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David Bowie, Alan Rickman And More Honored In Oscars 'In Memoriam' Segment
Huffington Post - 12 months
The world lost so many talented artists this year, and the 2016 Oscars made sure to honor their memories.  As Dave Grohl took to the stage to sing a touching rendition of "Blackbird," tributes to late Hollywood greats including David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Wes Craven, Maureen O'Hara, Leonard Nimoy, James Horner and Christopher Lee appeared on screen.  Here's Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl performing The Beatles' 'Blackbird' for the Oscars' In Memoriam segment pic.twitter.com/UgblWqqxY6 — Gigwise (@Gigwise) February 29, 2016 .@foofighters' Dave Grohl covers "Blackbird" in memoriam for the great talent lost in the previous year #Oscars pic.twitter.com/w61hnrs21z — China Xinhua News (@XHNews) February 29, 2016 The #Oscars In Memoriam including the late and great Alan Rickman #AcademyAwards /* pic.twitter.com/I6jMCNJuuO — SnitchSeeker.com (@SnitchSeeker) February 29, 2016 We shall always remember their talents and cherish the moments they shared with ...
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Beck, Dave Grohl and Other Music Stars Warm Up for the Grammys
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
At the long-running pre-Grammy gala hosted by veteran music executive Clive Davis and the Recording Academy on Sunday night, comedian James Corden joked that there were “more people in the room than had subscribed to Tidal,” Jay-Z’s fledgling music streaming service.
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10 Songs By Grammy Winners That Don't Mean What You Think They Do
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Remember the days when people would sing a song about a milkshake, and they were actually talking about a milkshake? (Looking at you, Kelis.) Well, bad news, y'all. It turns out those days didn't exist. It's not that milkshakes don't deserve a song (because duh), but innuendo and alternative meanings have been in chart hits forever. In honor of the 2016 Grammys, here are 10 songs from previous winners and nominees that might not mean what you think they do: 1. The “bitch” Jay Z refers to in “99 Problems” is a dog. During a talk at the New York Public Library, Jay Z explained that the "bitch" he talks about in the second verse of "99 Problems" is actually the K9 unit that'd be looking for drugs in the car.  2. Judas Priest's "Raw Deal" is about a gay biker bar. Judas Priest lead singer Robert Halford came out as gay in 1998. During that time Halford revealed to MTV that there have been gay innuendos throughout his songs. After the fact, it' ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dave Grohl
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 46
    On December 1, 2015 Grohl appeared on an episode of The Muppets where he competed in a "drum off" with Animal.
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    On July 31, 2015, Grohl posted a personal reply to Fabio Zaffagnini, Marco Sabiu, and the 1,000 participants of the "Rockin' 1000" project in Cesena, Italy, thanking them for their combined performance of the Foo Fighters' song "Learn to Fly" from their 1999 album There is Nothing Left to Lose, indicating (in broken Italian), "...
    More Details Hide Details I promise, we'll Foo Fighters will see you soon". On November 3, the Foo Fighters performed in Cesena, where Dave invited some "Rockin' 1000" members onto the stage to perform with the band. Apart from his main bands, Grohl has been involved in other music projects. In 1992, he played drums on Buzz Osborne's Kiss-styled solo-EP King Buzzo, where he was credited as Dale Nixon, a pseudonym that Greg Ginn adopted to play bass on Black Flag's My War. He also released the music cassette Pocketwatch under the pseudonym Late! on the now defunct indie label, Simple Machines. In 1993, Grohl was recruited to help recreate the music of The Beatles' early years for the movie Backbeat. he played drums in an "all-star" lineup that included Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs, indie producer Don Fleming, Mike Mills of R.E.M., Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, and Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum. A music video was filmed for the song "Money" while Grohl was with Nirvana on their 1994 European tour, footage of Grohl was filmed later and included.
    On June 12, 2015, while playing a show in Gothenburg, Sweden, Grohl fell off the stage breaking his leg.
    More Details Hide Details He left temporarily and returned with a cast to finish the concert. Afterward, the band cancelled the remainder of its European tour. To avoid having to cancel the band's upcoming North American tour, Grohl designed a large "elevated throne" which would allow him to perform on stage with a broken leg. The throne was unveiled at a concert of July 4, where Grohl used the stage's video screens to show the crowd video of him falling from the stage in Gothenburg as well as X-rays of his broken leg. Beginning with the show of July 4, the Foo Fighters began selling new tour merchandise rebranding the band's North American tour as the Broken Leg Tour.
    On May 20, 2015, David Letterman selected Grohl and The Foo Fighters to play "Everlong" as the last musical guest on the final episode of The Late Show with David Letterman.
    More Details Hide Details Letterman stated that he considered "Everlong" to be his favorite song and that he and the band were "joined at the hip" ever since the band canceled tour dates to play his first show back from heart bypass surgery at his request. In September, the all-star covers album by the Alice Cooper-led Hollywood Vampires supergroup was released and features Grohl playing drums on the medley "One/Jump into The Fire".
    Grohl and the Foo Fighters sometimes perform as cover band "Chevy Metal, "as they did in May 2015 at "Conejo Valley Days", a county fair in Thousand Oaks, California.
    More Details Hide Details On May 19, 2012, the Foo Fighters appeared with Mick Jagger on Saturday Night Live. They performed the Jagger/Richards songs "19th Nervous Breakdown" and "It's Only Rock 'n Roll". On November 10, 2014, the Foo Fighters released their eighth studio album, "Sonic Highways".
  • 2014
    Age 45
    Grohl's first solo Rolling Stone cover story appeared on December 4, 2014.
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    On November 11, 2014, Grohl joined Bruce Springsteen and Zac Brown on stage at the Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C. to support U.S. troops and veterans.
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    Nirvana (Cobain, Novoselic, and Grohl) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10, 2014.
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    Grohl stated in a 2014 episode of Sonic Highways that Cobain reacted by kissing him upon first hearing a demo of "Alone + Easy Target" that Grohl had recently recorded.
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  • 2012
    Age 43
    In 2012, Grohl was estimated to be the third wealthiest drummer in the world, behind Ringo Starr and Phil Collins, with a fortune of $225 million.
    More Details Hide Details Also, because of drumming and songwriting, Grohl is considered by Ken Micallef, co-author of Classic Rock Drummers, to be one of the most influential rock musicians of the past 20 years.
    Dave Grohl's hometown of Warren, Ohio unveiled gigantic drumsticks in 2012 to honor him.
    More Details Hide Details According to the Hollywood Reporter, the massive pair have broken the Guinness World Record. The record breaking drumsticks were shown to the public for the first time on July 7 during a concert at the Warren Amphitheater.
    Grohl had previously hosted the show during the first week of December 2012 as part of "Celebrity Guest Host Week".
    More Details Hide Details Grohl delivered a keynote speech at the 2013 SXSW conference in Austin Texas, US on the morning of March 14. Lasting just under an hour, the speech covered Grohl's musical life from his youth through to his role with the Foo Fighters and emphasized the importance of each individual's voice, regardless of who the individual is: "There is no right or wrong—there is only your voice... What matters most is that it’s your voice. Cherish it. Respect it. Nurture it. Challenge it. Respect it". Grohl also admitted during the speech that Psy's "Gangnam Style" was one of his favorite songs of "the past decade". He also referenced Edgar Winter's instrumental "Frankenstein" as being the song that made him want to become a musician. On November 6, 2013, Dave Grohl played drums at the 2013 CMA Awards replacing drummer Chris Fryar for Country Music band Zac Brown Band. The band debuted their new song "Day for the Dead". Grohl also produced Zac Brown Band's EP The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1.
    On November 6, 2012, following the departure of Joey Castillo from Queens of the Stone Age, Grohl has been confirmed as the drummer for the band on the upcoming album.
    More Details Hide Details At the 12-12-12 Sandy benefit concert Paul McCartney joined Grohl and the surviving members of Nirvana (Krist Novoselic and touring guitarist Pat Smear) to perform "Cut Me Some Slack", a song later recorded for the Sound City soundtrack. In what was regarded as a Nirvana reunion with McCartney as a stand-in for Kurt Cobain, this was the first time in eighteen years that the three had played alongside each other. In February 2013, Grohl filled in as host of Chelsea Lately for a week. Guests included Elton John, who disclosed on the E! show that he would appear with Grohl on the next Queens of the Stone Age album.
    Grohl is a Democrat and supporter of President Barack Obama, and performed "My Hero" in September at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details In August 2009, Grohl was given the key to the city of Warren, Ohio and performed the songs "Everlong", "Times Like These", and "My Hero". A roadway in downtown Warren named "David Grohl Alley" has been dedicated to him with murals by local artists. In 2000, while on tour with Foo Fighters in Australia, Grohl was arrested by Australian police while driving a scooter for driving under the influence following a concert on the Gold Coast in Queensland. He was fined $400 and had his Australian driving permit revoked for three months. Following the incident, Grohl stated, "So, people, I guess if there's anything to learn here, it's: don't drive after a few beers, even if you feel entirely capable like I did."
  • 2011
    Age 42
    Grohl directed a documentary entitled Sound City which is about the Van Nuys studio of the same name where Nevermind was recorded that shut down its music operations in 2011.
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    In October 2011, Grohl temporarily joined Cage the Elephant as a replacement on tour after drummer Jared Champion's appendix burst.
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  • 2010
    Age 41
    Also in 2010, Grohl helped write and performed on drums for "Watch This" with guitarist Slash and Duff McKagan on Slash's self-titled album that also included many other famous artists.
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    On October 23, 2010, Grohl performed with Tenacious D at Blizzcon.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared as the drummer for the entire concert, and a year later he returned with Foo Fighters and played another set there, this time as guitarist and vocalist.
    In mid-2010, Dave Grohl added his name to the list of contributing rock star voice cameos for Cartoon Network's heavy metal parody/tribute show, Metalocalypse.
    More Details Hide Details He voiced the controversial Syrian dictator, Abdule Malik in the season 3 finale, Doublebookedklok.
    On February 6, 2010, Grohl performed with his band Them Crooked Vultures the songs "Mind Eraser, No Chaser" and "New Fang" as musical guests on Saturday Night Live Dave Grohl appeared as an old punk rock drummer reuniting the group "Crisis of Conformity" after 25 years in a skit later on in the episode.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 40
    The band released their debut album Them Crooked Vultures on November 16, 2009 in the UK and November 17, 2009 in the US.
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    In July 2009, it was revealed that Grohl was recording with Josh Homme and John Paul Jones as Them Crooked Vultures.
    More Details Hide Details The trio performed their first show together on August 9, 2009, at Metro in Chicago. The band played their first UK gig on August 26, 2009, with a surprise appearance at Brixton Academy in London, supporting the Arctic Monkeys.
    Grohl played drums on the tracks "Run with the Wolves" and "Stand Up" on The Prodigy's 2009 album Invaders Must Die.
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  • 2008
    Age 39
    In June 2008, Grohl was Paul McCartney's special guest for a concert at the Anfield football stadium in Liverpool, in one of the central events of the English city's year as European Capital of Culture.
    More Details Hide Details Grohl joined McCartney's band singing backup vocals and playing guitar on "Band on the Run" and drums on "Back in the U.S.S.R." and "I Saw Her Standing There". Grohl also performed with McCartney at the 51st Grammy Awards, again playing drums on "I Saw Her Standing There". Grohl also helped pay tribute to McCartney at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors along with No Doubt, Norah Jones, Steven Tyler, James Taylor, and Mavis Staples. He sang a duet version of "Maybe I'm Amazed" with Norah Jones on December 5, 2010.
  • 2006
    Age 37
    Most recently, he recorded all the drums on Juliette and the Licks's 2006 album Four on the Floor and the song "For Us" from Pete Yorn's 2006 album Nightcrawler.
    More Details Hide Details Beyond drumming, Grohl contributed guitar to a cover of Neil Young's "I've Been Waiting For You" on David Bowie's 2002 album Heathen.
  • 2005
    Age 36
    He also drummed on the song "Bad Boyfriend" on Garbage's 2005 album Bleed Like Me.
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  • 2004
    Age 35
    In 2004, Grohl drummed on several tracks for Nine Inch Nails' 2005 album With Teeth.
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  • 2003
    Age 34
    On August 2, 2003, he married Jordyn Blum.
    More Details Hide Details Together, they have three daughters: Violet Maye (born April 15, 2006), Harper Willow (born April 17, 2009), and Ophelia Saint (born August 1, 2014). Grohl has been vocal in his views on drug misuse, contributing to a 2009 anti-drug video for the BBC. "I have never done cocaine, ever in my life. I have never done heroin, I have never done speed," he said in a 2008 interview, adding that he stopped smoking cannabis and taking LSD at the age of 20. In the BBC video, he said, "I've seen people die. It ain't easy being young, but that stuff doesn't make it any easier." In May 2006, Grohl sent a note of support to the two trapped miners in the Beaconsfield mine collapse in Tasmania, Australia. In the initial days following the collapse, one of the men requested an iPod with the Foo Fighters album In Your Honor, to be sent down to them through a small hole. Grohl's note read, in part, "Though I'm halfway around the world right now, my heart is with you both, and I want you to know that when you come home, there's two tickets to any Foos show, anywhere, and two cold beers waiting for yous. Deal?" In October 2006, one of the miners took up his offer, joining Grohl for a drink after a Foo Fighters acoustic concert at the Sydney Opera House.
    Also in 2003, at the 2003 Grammy Awards, Grohl performed in an ad-hoc supergroup with Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, and Steven Van Zandt for a performance in tribute of then-recently deceased singer/guitarist Joe Strummer.
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    Also in 2003, Grohl stepped behind the kit to perform on Killing Joke's second self-titled album. The move surprised some Nirvana fans, given that Nirvana had been accused of stealing the opening riff of "Come as You Are" from Killing Joke's 1984 song "Eighties". However, the controversy failed to create a lasting rift between the bands. Foo Fighters covered Killing Joke's "Requiem" during the late 1990s, and were even joined by Killing Joke singer Jaz Coleman for a performance of the song at a show in New Zealand in 2003.
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  • 2002
    Age 33
    Between October 26, 2002 and March 1, 2003 Grohl was in the number one spot on the Modern Rock charts for 17 of 18 successive weeks, as a member of three different groups.
    More Details Hide Details Grohl and Foo Fighters released their fifth album In Your Honor on June 14, 2005. Prior to starting work on the album, the band spent almost a year relocating Grohl's home-based Virginia studio to a brand new facility, dubbed Studio 606, located in a warehouse near Los Angeles. Featuring collaborations with John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Norah Jones, the album was a departure from previous efforts, and included one rock and one acoustic disc. Foo Fighters's sixth studio album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace was released on September 25, 2007. It was recorded during a three-month period between March 2007 and June 2007, and its release was preceded by the first single "The Pretender" on September 17. The second single, "Long Road to Ruin", was released on December 3, 2007, followed by the third single, "Let It Die", June 24, 2008.
    On November 23, 2002, Grohl achieved a historical milestone by replacing himself on the top of the Billboard Modern Rock chart, when "You Know You're Right" by Nirvana was replaced by "All My Life" by Foo Fighters.
    More Details Hide Details When "All My Life" ended its run, after a one-week respite, "No One Knows" by Queens of the Stone Age took the number one spot.
    After four months in the studio, with the sessions finished, Grohl accepted an invitation to join Queens of the Stone Age and helped them to record their 2002 album Songs for the Deaf. (Grohl can be seen drumming for the band in the video for the song "No One Knows".) After a brief tour through North America, Britain and Japan with the band and feeling rejuvenated by the effort, Grohl recalled the other band members to completely re-record their album at his studio in Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details The effort became their fourth album, One by One. While initially pleased with the results, in another 2005 Rolling Stone interview, Dave Grohl admitted to not liking the record: "Four of the songs were good, and the other seven I never played again in my life. We rushed into it, and we rushed out of it".
  • 2001
    Age 32
    In 2001, Grohl performed on Tenacious D's debut album, and appeared in the video for lead single "Tribute" as a demon.
    More Details Hide Details He later appeared in the duo's 2006 movie Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny as the devil in the song "Beelzeboss", and performed on its soundtrack. He also performed drums for their 2012 album Rize of the Fenix. In 2002, Grohl helped Chan Marshall of Cat Power on the album You Are Free and played with Queens of the Stone Age on their album Songs for the Deaf. Grohl also toured with the band in support of the album, delaying work on the Foo Fighters' album One by One.
    The friendship between the two bands resulted in Grohl and Taylor Hawkins being asked to induct Queen into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Grohl and Hawkins joined May and Queen drummer Roger Taylor to perform "Tie Your Mother Down", with Grohl standing in on vocals for Freddie Mercury. May later contributed guitar work for the song "Tired of You" on the ensuing Foo Fighters album, as well as on an unreleased Foo Fighters song called "Knucklehead". Near the end of 2001, Foo Fighters returned to the studio to work on their fourth album.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 30
    Grohl's life of non-stop touring and travel continued with Foo Fighters' popularity. During his infrequent pauses he lived in Seattle and Los Angeles before returning to Alexandria, Virginia. It was there that he turned his basement into a recording studio where the 1999 album There Is Nothing Left to Lose was recorded.
    More Details Hide Details It was recorded following the departure from Capitol and their former president Gary Gersh; "Grohl describes the recording experience as "intoxicating at times. We were left completely to our own devices." He adds, "One of the advantages of finishing the record before we had a new label was that it was purely our creation. It was complete and not open to outside tampering." In 2000, the band recruited Queen guitarist Brian May to add some guitar flourish to a cover of Pink Floyd's "Have a Cigar", a song which Foo Fighters previously recorded as a b-side.
  • 1997
    Age 28
    After touring for the self-titled album for more than a year, Grohl returned home and began work on the soundtrack to the 1997 movie Touch.
    More Details Hide Details Grohl performed all of the instruments and vocals himself, save for vocals from Veruca Salt singer Louise Post on the title track, keyboards by Barrett Jones (who also co-produced the record) on one track, and vocals and guitar by X's John Doe on "This Loving Thing (Lynn's Song)". Grohl completed the recording in two weeks, and immediately joined Foo Fighters to work on their follow-up. In the midst of the initial sessions for Foo Fighters' second album, tension emerged between Grohl and Goldsmith. According to Goldsmith, "Dave had me do 96 takes of one song, and I had to do thirteen hours' worth of takes on another one. It just seemed that everything I did wasn't good enough for him, or anyone else". Goldsmith also believed that Capitol and producer Gil Norton wanted Grohl to drum on the album. With the album seemingly complete, Grohl headed home to Virginia with a copy of the rough mixes, and found himself unhappy with the results. Grohl penned a few new songs, recording one of them, "Walking After You", by himself at a studio in Washington, DC. Inspired by the session, Grohl opted to move the band, without Goldsmith's knowledge, to Los Angeles to re-record most of the album with Grohl behind the kit. After the sessions were complete, Goldsmith officially announced his departure from the band.
  • 1996
    Age 27
    During a break between tours, the band entered the studio and recorded a cover of Gary Numan's "Down in the Park". In February 1996, Grohl and his then-wife Jennifer Youngblood made a brief cameo appearance on The X-Files third season episode "Pusher".
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  • 1995
    Age 26
    Rather than re-record the album, Grohl's demo was given a professional mix by Rob Schnapf and Tom Rothrock and was released in July 1995 as Foo Fighters' debut album.
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    He was also rumored as a possible replacement for Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese and even performed with the band for a song or two at three shows during Pearl Jam's March 1995 Australian tour.
    More Details Hide Details However, by then, Pearl Jam had already settled on ex- Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons, and Grohl had other solo plans in the works. After passing the demo around, Grohl found himself with considerable major label interest. Nirvana's A&R rep Gary Gersh had subsequently taken over as president of Capitol Records and lured Grohl to sign with the label. Grohl did not want the effort to be considered the start of a solo career, so he recruited other band members: former Germs and touring Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear and two members of the recently disbanded Sunny Day Real Estate, William Goldsmith (drums) and Nate Mendel (bass).
  • 1994
    Age 25
    Grohl has been married twice. He was married to photographer Jennifer Youngblood from 1994 to 1997.
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    In October 1994, Grohl scheduled studio time, again at Robert Lang Studios, and quickly recorded a fifteen-track demo.
    More Details Hide Details With the exception of a single guitar part on "X-Static" played by Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs, Grohl performed all of the instruments himself. At the same time, Grohl wondered if his future might be in drumming for other bands. In November, Grohl took a brief turn with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, including a performance on Saturday Night Live. Petty asked him to join permanently, but Grohl declined.
    Following Cobain's death in April 1994, Grohl retreated, unsure of where to go and what to do with himself.
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  • 1993
    Age 24
    Cobain admitted in a late 1993 MTV interview that he initially thought the riff was "kind of boneheaded", but was gratified at how the song developed (a process captured in part in a demo on the Nirvana box set With the Lights Out).
    More Details Hide Details Cobain noted that he was excited at the possibility of having Novoselic and Grohl contribute more to the band's songwriting. Prior to their 1994 European tour, the band scheduled session time at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle to work on demos. For most of the three-day session, Cobain was absent, so Novoselic and Grohl worked on demos of their own songs. The duo completed several of Grohl's songs, including future Foo Fighters songs "Exhausted", "Big Me", "February Stars", and "Butterflies". On the third day of the session, Cobain finally arrived, and the band recorded a demo of a song later named "You Know You're Right". It was the band's final studio recording.
  • 1992
    Age 23
    Instead, he compiled and recorded them himself, releasing a cassette called Pocketwatch in 1992 on indie label Simple Machines.
    More Details Hide Details Rather than using his own name, Grohl released the cassette under the pseudonym "Late!". In the later years of Nirvana, Grohl's songwriting contributions increased. In Grohl's initial months in Seattle, Cobain overheard him working on a song called "Color Pictures of a Marigold", and the two subsequently worked on it together. Grohl would later record the song for the Pocketwatch cassette.
  • 1991
    Age 22
    In the spring of 1991, the band entered Sound City Studios in Los Angeles to record Nevermind (as seen in Grohl's 2013 documentary Sound City).
    More Details Hide Details Upon its release, Nevermind exceeded all expectations and became a worldwide commercial success. At the same time, Grohl was struggling with his status in the band. While his drumming style was a significant element in the band's success, Grohl saw himself as just another in a long line of drummers. Though Grohl had been writing songs for several years, he declined to introduce most of his songs to the band as he was in awe of Cobain's songs and did not want to pollute Cobain's writing process.
  • 1990
    Age 21
    While playing in Scream, Grohl became a fan of Melvins and eventually befriended the band. During a 1990 tour stop on the West Coast, Melvins' Buzz Osborne took a couple of his friends, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic, to see the band.
    More Details Hide Details A few months later, Scream unexpectedly disbanded mid-tour following the departure of its bassist Ben Pape, who left to join The Four Horsemen. Grohl called Osborne for advice; Osborne informed him that Nirvana were looking for a drummer and gave Grohl the phone numbers of Cobain and Novoselic, who subsequently invited Grohl to Seattle to audition for Nirvana. Grohl soon joined the band full-time. At the time that Grohl joined Nirvana, the band had already recorded several demos for the follow-up to their debut album Bleach, having spent time recording with producer Butch Vig in Wisconsin. Initially, the plan was to release the album on Sub Pop, but the band received a great deal of interest based on the demos. Grohl spent the initial months with Nirvana traveling to various labels as the band shopped for a deal, eventually signing with DGC Records.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 13
    His first concert was Naked Raygun at The Cubby Bear in Chicago in 1982 when he was 13 years old. "From then on we were totally punk", Grohl recalled. "We went home and bought Maximumrocknroll and tried to figure it all out".
    More Details Hide Details In Virginia, Grohl attended Thomas Jefferson High School as a freshman. He was elected vice president of his freshman class and in that capacity would manage to play bits of songs by punk bands like Circle Jerks and Bad Brains over the school intercom before his morning announcements. Grohl's mother decided that he should transfer to Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria because his cannabis use was affecting his grades. He stayed there two years, beginning with a repeat of first year. After his second year, he transferred yet again, to Annandale High School. While in high school, Grohl played in several local bands, including a stint as guitarist in a band called Freak Baby. It was during this period that Grohl taught himself to play drums. When Freak Baby kicked out its bass player, Grohl decided to switch to drums, and the reconstituted band renamed themselves Mission Impossible. During his developing years as a drummer, Grohl cited John Bonham as his greatest influence, and eventually had Bonham's three-rings symbol tattooed on his wrist. Mission Impossible later rebranded themselves Fast before breaking up, after which Grohl joined the post-punk-influenced hardcore punk band Dain Bramage.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Age 0
    Born on January 14, 1969.
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