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Overview (4)

Born in Warren, Ohio, USA
Birth NameDavid Eric Grohl
Nicknames Disco
Dr. G
The Nicest Man In Rock
The Nicest Guy In Music
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters front-man, will always be remembered as the drummer for Nirvana. But, drumming for a great band such as Nirvana is not Dave's only claim in the world of music. Dave's musical career began at age 15 as the guitarist and later as the drummer for a punk band called "Freak Baby". A year later, he was behind the drums for "Mission Impossible" and later that summer drumming for "Dain Bramage". Another year down the road, an opportunity to drum with one of his favorite punk bands, "Scream", was just too great to pass up. This leads us to 1990 when "Scream" seemed to be coming to an end and "Nirvana" was in need of a drummer. While recording and touring with "Nirvana", Dave continued to write lyrics and music that he would record during breaks with "Nirvana". After the tragic end of "Nirvana", Dave eventually turned to his music to create Foo Fighters. While playing guitar and singing with Foo Fighters is his main job, you can also find Dave channeling his musical genius throughout the world of rock. Dave has drummed for "Queens Of The Stone Age" and "Killing Joke". He has also recorded and guest performed with his buddies "Tenacious D". All the while recording for his own hardcore project, "Probot".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: J.Clay

Spouse (2)

Jordyn Blum (2 August 2003 - present) ( 3 children)
Jennifer Youngblood (1993 - 9 September 1997) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (5)

Ever present smile
Gruff vocals, with a powerful rock scream
Well-known for his affability, especially with fans
Long hair and beard

Trivia (39)

Guitar and Vocalist for Foo Fighters.
He frequently posts on his band's website.
1994, he was invited to join "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers" but declined due to the upcoming debut album of Foo Fighters.
Many of the songs that wound up on Foo Fighters' debut were rehearsed in early 1994 as potential Nirvana songs, with Dave on guitar and Kurt Cobain playing the drums.
His mother, Virginia Hanlon Grohl, appears in Foo Fighters' "Breakout" video.
Inducted into the Washington (DC) Area Music Hall of Fame, 2002.
George Harrison was his favourite Beatle, and he wrote the song "Oh, George" in dedication to him in 1994.
Wrote all the songs and played all the instruments (except guitar on X-Static, played by Greg Dulli) on Foo Fighters' self-titled debut album, released in 1995.
As a tribute to legendary punk bass player Mike Watt, Dave put 2 t's in the title of the song Wattershed.
Foo Fighters' fourth album, an 11-track effort titled "One by One", was released on October 22nd (one week before the Nirvana "Greatest Hits" package came out). The first single/video from the album was "All my Life".
Before joining Nirvana, Grohl had been a member of the bands "Scream" and "Dain Bramage".
Is one of the most popular people in the music industry, due to his skill on most musical instruments (but particularly drums) and his pleasant, humorous personality.
Was the drummer of grunge band Nirvana in the early 90s.
His first concert was at The Cubby Bear in Chicago Illinois.
Daughter (with wife Jordyn) Violet Mae Grohl (b. April 15, 2006). She is named after Dave's maternal grandmother.
Announced that he and his wife, Jordyn, are expecting their second child. [October 26, 2008].
Second daughter, Harper Willow, born April 17, 2009. She weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz.
Lives in Los Angeles and Oxnard, California.
Drummer for "Them Crooked Vultures" (self titled album) in 2009 with John Paul Jones (former bassist of Led Zeppelin) and Josh Homme (of Queens Of The Stoneage).
Drummer on "Queens of the Stone Age" band's album "Songs for the Deaf". [September 2002]
Drumming for band 'Killing Joke' [June 2003]
Estimated in 2012 to be the third richest drummer in the world behind Ringo Starr and Phil Collins.
His third daughter, Ophelia Saint Grohl, was born on August 1, 2014.
He is a left-leaning liberal Democrat. He was a strong critic of Republican President George W. Bush. Among his liberal views is his longtime and staunch advocacy of LGBT causes. In 1992, he played a benefit concert with the other members of Nirvana in opposition to Oregon Ballot Measure 9, and to this day, is often seen wearing a white knot in support of LGBT causes.
Broke his leg on-stage during a concert in June 2015. Instead of going to the hospital, he had the leg set on-site and finished the concert seated in a chair.
Stated in a BBC interview that the only drugs he ever used were marijuana and LSD, but never touched harder drugs, such as cocaine and heroin. He said in the same interview that life is hard enough as it is, and such hard drugs don't make living any easier.
Subject of the song "Dave Grohl" by Wesley Willis.
Stopped a performance mid-song when he saw someone being beaten up in the crowd. He yelled at the instigator and ordered him to be ejected from the venue immediately, stating he wouldn't tolerate violence against people who paid their hard-earned money to come see him play, and that people came there to dance and have a good time without fear of getting beaten up.
During a trip to Chicago at age 13, a cousin took him to his first concert where he saw local punk rock band "Naked Raygun" perform. That particular event was a milestone in Dave's life in that he knew there and then what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.
Dropped out of high school at age 17 to go on tour with a punk band. At 21 he was broke in Los Angeles with no way to get home. Fortuitously, about this time he got a call about joining a Seattle band called Nirvana.
Widely considered by other artists, fans and critics to be the nicest man in all of rock music. He would often go out of his way for fans, who describe him as affable, genuine, warm, caring, and truly interested in what they had to say, often spending hours after a concert or press event mingling with fans and conversing with them on a wide range of topics. Fans, in turn, would often be very respectful whenever Grohl would need time away to eat, sleep, or spend some private time by himself or with his family. Even so, Grohl almost never turned down a fan who wanted an autograph or who would just come up to say hello. He has also been only too happy over his career to dispense advice to aspiring musicians whenever asked, and would occasionally come in to help them if he was in town and his schedule permitted. He even encouraged his fans to record his live concerts and freely trade those recordings among themselves.
Along with the other members of Nirvana, Dave is close friends with the members of he Red Hot Chili Peppers. The bands toured together several times in the 1990's and members would often play guest spots during the other's set whilst touring.
One of his all-time favorite heavy metal bands is Sepultura from Brazil.
His mother Virginia was a public schoolteacher in Fairfax County (VA) for 35 years.
Was Nirvana's fifth drummer.
Taught himself how to play the guitar and drums because he didn't like taking lessons and they were expensive. Listening to Rush helped him.
Has a sister named Lisa.
Removed the Foo Fighters' hit song "Big Me" from the set list for 12 years because fans would pelt his face with Mentos (an homage to their 1996 music video) during the song. He finally told them to stop doing it but ironically thousands of them threw lighters at him when he wanted to set the Mentos on fire. Fans have since stopped throwing things.
He is known for being generally friendly, even at concerts. However, he once lost his cool for a moment during a Foo Fighters gig at the iTunes Festival 2011 in London, when he noticed two men fighting in the audience. After a short tirade against the brawler, Grohl yelled to him "Get the f**k out of my show!". Right after that, the brawler was forced out of the hall by the security staff. Grohl received massive applause, which he took modest. After that, the band continued to play.

Personal Quotes (12)

When I discovered punk rock, the only punk rockers I'd seen were on Quincy.
[on George W. Bush] When we heard that he was using our music at his rallies it was like being raped in the ass. It was not a good feeling.
Live Aid (1985) was huge. How many bands played that thing? Everybody. Queen smoked 'em. They just took everybody.
I always go, and people will think I'm crazy for this as there are a lot of Bowie [David Bowie] eras and they're all great, but I really like the 'Let's Dance' period. Because, as a drummer, that's one of the best air drumming albums of all time. I can appreciate technical drumming, sure. But to me there's nothing better than being in a bar full of people dancing and air drumming when none of them know how to play the drums. That and 'Back In Black', anyone will air drum to those albums.
Who's to say what's a good voice and not a good voice? The Voice (2011)? Imagine Bob Dylan standing there singing 'Blowin in the Wind' in front of Christina Aguilera. 'I think you sound a little nasally and sharp.'
How Kurt could even think we'd make a ripple in this ridiculous mainstream world of polished pop music was beyond me. It was beyond everyone. It made absolutely no sense. It was simply unimaginable. It was the type of hopeless, shallow aspirations that we had been conditioned to reject, ultimately relieving us of any intention other than to just be ourselves.
From one generation to the next, The Beatles will remain the most important rock band of all time.
If The Beatles were the original rock'n'roll four-piece, then Ringo [Ringo Starr] was the original rock'n'roll drummer. This was the template for the next 40 years of music. They were certainly the foundation for what I do and Ringo seemed to be the foundation of The Beatles. I always thought he had a great style. He had a wonderful swing and was a showman. A lot of drummers aren't considered showmen, but he definitely turned it on. His swing and backbeat carry so many of The Beatles' songs. Back then, the recording depended on the feel of the song. There was no digital manipulation of drum tracks, so it was up to the drummer to dictate that feel. And Ringo had his own sound. Pull all the instruments out and you'd still know it was a Beatles song. And that's the sound of a signature drummer. It's the kind of thing drummers strive for all their career, but not all of them make it.
I swear to God, you can tell the difference between an English drummer and an American one. Most of the English drummers swing their rolls, but most of the Americans don't.
Man, nobody is cooler that Dolly Parton. Her story is amazing. Man, she didn't even have running water. She bought her family's first TV from being on TV. Did you know that? you do now.
The band is not the most important thing in my life, my kids are. On the same token, parenthood is terrifying. I've got two daughters that are gonna grow up with a rock musician as a father, here in Los Angeles, two beautiful girls in the Valley. I'm fucked, man. I'm shit out of luck. I don't know what to do. I gotta move.
[Kerrang! magazine - September 28, 2002] Rock stars suck. Man, I'd be so embarrassed at being called a rock star. A lot of those connotations aren't conductive to my lifestyle. I don't do drugs, I don't fuck groupies, I don't spend all my money on limos and mansions and cocaine. I have a car and a small house and I go on tour and go to bed early and wake up and have tea. I'm a worker, man. I don't think many people see me as a rock star; hopefully they see me as a normal person. 'Musician' would be just fine.

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