99 Facts About Dave Grohl


David Eric Grohl was born on January 14,1969 and is an American musician.


Dave Grohl is the founder of the rock band Foo Fighters, for which he is the lead singer, guitarist, and principal songwriter.


At 17, Dave Grohl joined the punk rock band Scream after the departure of their drummer Kent Stax.


Dave Grohl became the drummer for Nirvana after Scream broke up in 1990.


Dave Grohl is the drummer and co-founder of the rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, and has recorded and toured with Queens of the Stone Age.


Dave Grohl began directing Foo Fighters music videos in 1997 and released his debut documentary, Sound City, in 2013.


In 2021, Dave Grohl released an autobiography, The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music.


Dave Grohl was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Nirvana in 2014 and as a member of Foo Fighters in 2021.


David Eric Dave Grohl was born in Warren, Ohio, on January 14,1969, the son of teacher Virginia Jean and newswriter James Harper Dave Grohl.


When he was a child, Dave Grohl's family moved to Springfield, Virginia.


Dave Grohl grew tired of lessons and instead taught himself, eventually playing in bands with friends.


Dave Grohl's mother decided he should transfer to Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria because his cannabis use was lowering his grades.


Dave Grohl stayed there for two years, beginning with a repeat of his first year.


When Freak Baby fired its bass player and reshuffled its lineup, Dave Grohl switched to drums.


Dave Grohl said he did not take formal drumming lessons and instead learned by listening to Rush and punk rock.


Mission Impossible rebranded themselves Fast before breaking up, after which Dave Grohl joined the hardcore punk band Dain Bramage in December 1985.


Dain Bramage ended in March 1987 when Dave Grohl quit without warning to join Scream, having produced the I Scream Not Coming Down LP.


At age 17, Dave Grohl auditioned with local Washington, DC, favorites Scream to fill the vacancy left by the departure of drummer Kent Stax.


When Dave 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.


Dave Grohl spent the initial months with Nirvana traveling to various labels as the band shopped for a deal, eventually signing with DGC Records.


Dave Grohl stated in a 2014 episode of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways that Cobain reacted by kissing him upon first hearing a demo of "Alone + Easy Target" that Dave Grohl had recently recorded.


Cobain said that he was excited at the possibility of having Novoselic and Dave Grohl contribute more to the band's songwriting.


For most of the three-day session, Cobain was absent, so Novoselic and Dave Grohl worked on demos of their own songs.


Two decades later, on April 10,2014, Dave Grohl was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Nirvana.


Dave Grohl wondered if his future might be in drumming for other bands.


Dave Grohl declined an invitation to become Petty's permanent drummer.


However, by then, Pearl Jam had already settled on ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons, and Dave Grohl had other solo plans.


Dave 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 and Nate Mendel.


Rather than re-record the album, Dave Grohl's demo was mixed by Rob Schnapf and Tom Rothrock and was released in July 1995 as Foo Fighters' self-titled debut album.


Dave 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 on one track, and vocals and guitar by X's John Doe on "This Loving Thing ".


Dave Grohl completed the recording in two weeks, and immediately joined Foo Fighters to work on their follow-up.


Dave Grohl later expressed regret, and said that "there were a lot of reasons it didn't work out, but there was a part of me that was like, you know, I don't know if I'm finished playing the drums yet".


Dave Grohl described the recording experience as "intoxicating at times" because the band members were left completely to their own devices.


On November 23,2002, Dave 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.


Between October 26,2002, and March 1,2003, Dave 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.


Dave Grohl said he felt the Greatest Hits was too early and "can look like an obituary".


Dave Grohl did not feel they had written their best hits yet.


On June 12,2015, while playing a show in Gothenburg, Sweden, Dave Grohl fell off the stage, breaking his leg.


Dave Grohl left temporarily and returned with a cast to finish the concert.


In 2016, Dave Grohl lent his throne to Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses after Rose broke his foot.


Dave Grohl lent it again in 2021 to Darin Wall, of the Seattle metal band Greyhawk, after Wall was shot in the leg.


Apart from his main bands, Dave Grohl has been involved in other music projects.


In 1997, Dave Grohl played a few songs with David Bowie for Bowie's 50th birthday concert, which was recorded and shown on pay-per-view later that year.


Also in 2003, Dave Grohl stepped behind the kit to perform on Killing Joke's second self-titled album.


Dave Grohl lent his drumming skills to other artists during the early 2000s.


In 2001, Dave Grohl performed on Tenacious D's debut album, and appeared in the video for lead single "Tribute" as a demon.


Dave Grohl later appeared in the duo's 2006 movie Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny as the devil in the song "The Pick of Destiny", and performed on its soundtrack.


Dave Grohl performed drums for their 2012 album Rize of the Fenix.


In 2002, Dave 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.


Dave Grohl toured with the band in support of the album, delaying work on the Foo Fighters' album One by One.


In 2004, Dave Grohl drummed on six tracks for Nine Inch Nails' 2005 album With Teeth and played percussion on one more, later returning to play drums on 'The Idea of You' from their 2016 EP Not the Actual Events.


Dave Grohl drummed on the song "Bad Boyfriend" on Garbage's 2005 album Bleed Like Me.


Beyond drumming, Dave Grohl contributed guitar to a cover of Neil Young's "I've Been Waiting For You" on David Bowie's 2002 album Heathen.


In June 2008, Dave 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.


Dave Grohl performed with McCartney at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, again playing drums on "I Saw Her Standing There".


Dave Grohl helped pay tribute to McCartney at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors along with No Doubt, Norah Jones, Steven Tyler, James Taylor, and Mavis Staples.


Dave Grohl sang a duet version of "Maybe I'm Amazed" with Norah Jones on December 5,2010.


Dave Grohl played drums on the tracks "Run with the Wolves" and "Stand Up" on The Prodigy's 2009 album Invaders Must Die.


In July 2009, it was revealed that Dave Grohl was recording with Josh Homme and John Paul Jones as Them Crooked Vultures.


On October 23,2010, Dave Grohl performed with Tenacious D at BlizzCon.


Dave Grohl 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.


Also in 2010, Dave Grohl helped write and performed on drums for "Watch This" with guitarist Slash and Duff McKagan on Slash's self-titled album that included many other famous artists.


In October 2011, Dave Grohl temporarily joined Cage the Elephant as a replacement on tour after drummer Jared Champion's appendix burst.


Dave 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.


In 2012, following the departure of Joey Castillo from Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl performed on some tracks as drummer on their 2013 album.


Dave Grohl delivered a keynote speech at the 2013 South by Southwest conference in Austin Texas, US on the morning of March 14.


Dave Grohl referenced Edgar Winter's instrumental "Frankenstein" as 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.


Dave Grohl produced Zac Brown Band's EP The Dave Grohl Sessions, Vol.


Dave Grohl featured on drums for new indie hip-hop band RDGLDGRN.


The group asked fellow Northern Virginia native Dave Grohl, who was filming his Sound City documentary, to drum on "I Love Lamp".


Dave Grohl agreed and played drums for the entire record, with the exception of "Million Fans", which features a sampled breakbeat.


Dave Grohl was featured in a number of songs on the EP.


Between August and November 2020, Dave Grohl performed in an online drum battle with ten-year-old drummer and YouTube celebrity Nandi Bushell, who had challenged Dave Grohl after previously covering songs from Nirvana and Foo Fighters.


Dave Grohl had previously been impressed by her talent and energy.


Dave Grohl developed a thrash metal record for a fictional band named Dream Widow, as developed for a horror-comedy movie titled Studio 666.


Dave Grohl worked to create the Dream Widow album and aimed to release it at the same time as the film, on February 25,2022.


On 25 June 2022 Dave Grohl duetted with Paul McCartney when he headlined the Glastonbury Festival.


Dave Grohl has appeared with Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures, Mick Jagger, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.


Dave Grohl voiced the controversial Syrian dictator, Abdule Malik in the season 3 finale, Doublebookedklok.


In February 2013, Dave Grohl filled in as host of Chelsea Lately for a week.


Dave Grohl had previously hosted the show during the first week of December 2012 as part of "Celebrity Guest Host Week".


On December 1,2015, Dave Grohl appeared on an episode of The Muppets where he competed in a "drum off" with Animal.


Dave Grohl appeared in the 50th anniversary season of Sesame Street in February 2019.


On 8 October 2021, Dave Grohl was the guest storyteller on CBeebies Bedtime Story, reading a story based on The Beatles song, Octopus's Garden.


In 2013, Dave Grohl produced and directed the documentary Sound City, about the history of the famed Sound City Studios recording studios in Van Nuys.


In 2021, Dave Grohl directed What Drives Us, a feature-length documentary on van touring.


Dave Grohl is a self-taught musician and cannot read music, and instead plays only by ear.


Dave Grohl's primary recording guitar is an original cherry red Gibson Trini Lopez Standard that he bought in the early 1990s because he liked the look of the diamond-shaped sound holes.


Dave Grohl has an original Pelham blue Trini Lopez from 1965 which he bought from a doctor in the UK.


Dave Grohl has another signature guitar called the "Memphis Dave Grohl ES-335" in silver finish that is otherwise similar to the DG-335.


Dave Grohl's primary acoustic guitar is a black Elvis Presley model Gibson Dove.


In May 2006, Dave Grohl sent a note of support to the two trapped miners in the Beaconsfield mine collapse in Tasmania, Australia, who had survived the initial rockfall.


Dave Grohl wrote an instrumental piece for the meeting, which he pledged to include on the band's next album.


Dave Grohl has participated in two counter-protests against the Westboro Baptist Church for their anti-gay stance, once by performing "Keep It Clean" on the back of a flatbed truck and most recently by Rickrolling them.


Dave Grohl has described himself as a coffee addict who drinks an average of six cups of coffee every morning; in 2009, he was admitted to a hospital with chest pains caused by a caffeine overdose.


Dave Grohl supported Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign and performed "My Hero" at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.


In 1994, Dave Grohl married Jennifer Leigh Youngblood, a photographer from Grosse Pointe, Michigan.


On November 11,2014, Dave Grohl joined Bruce Springsteen and Zac Brown on stage at the Concert for Valor in Washington, DC to support US troops and veterans.