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Name: David Grohl  
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Date of Birth: 14th January 1969
Place of Birth: Warren, Ohio, USA
Profession: Singer
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Dave Grohl on stage with the Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl (born David Eric Grohl; January 14, 1969 in Warren, Ohio) is a rock musician, who was the drummer of the grunge band Nirvana from 1990 until the band split up in 1994 after frontman Kurt Cobain's death. He formed the band Foo Fighters later that year.

Grohl began his music career in the 1980s as the drummer for the band Freak Baby, also was in other bands called Mission Impossible and Dain Bramage, and later joined the Washington, DC punk rock band Scream.


Buzz Osborne of The Melvins recommended him to Nirvana after the departure of drummer Chad Channing. Dave Grohl joined Nirvana and moved to Olympia, Washington in 1990, where he shared a tiny apartment with Cobain. (He later moved to Seattle.) Grohl's distinctively heavy-handed drumming, a style he learned from banging marching band sticks on his bed as a teenager, were a driving force behind Nirvana's breakthrough album Nevermind.

Although Grohl was known to most fans only as a drummer and backing vocalist, he had in fact played guitar for several years. In 1990 he released a cassette demo, Pocketwatch, under the name "Late!", for which he played all of the instruments. From this recording, the song "Marigold" would later become a Nirvana b-side (with Grohl on vocals), while "Winnebago" would later be released as a Foo Fighters song, as the b-side of "This Is A Call". Grohl recorded "Marigold" in their apartment, nearly whispering, so that Cobain couldn't hear him singing, as Cobain was sleeping in the next room over. But he did, and it became a Nirvana song. From the same period, and reminiscent of, is "Friend of a Friend", which appears on In Your Honor. Grohl also contributed a riff which would later become "Scentless Apprentice", from Nirvana's album In Utero, this song can literally be heard in the making on Nirvana's latest release, With the Lights Out.

Foo Fighters

Following Cobain's death Grohl recorded a fifteen-track demo, on which he again played all instruments, with the exception of a guitar part on "X-Static" played by Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs. The demo gained considerable buzz and was released, unchanged except for trimming three tracks and professional mixing, in 1995 as the Foo Fighters' debut album. Grohl did not want the effort to be considered the start of a solo career, so he recruited other band members: former Nirvana member Pat Smear (guitar), and two members of the band Sunny Day Real Estate, William Goldsmith (drums) and Nate Mendel (bass).

The band released their second album, The Colour and the Shape, in 1997. A breakout album cementing Foo Fighters as a stable of rock radio it included such hits such "Everlong", "My Hero", and "Monkey Wrench". Goldmith left the band during the recording of the album amid rumors of alcohol abuse and frustration with Grohls high standards. Smear left the band soon after its release, siting a need to settle down following a life time of touring. Smear was subsequently replaced by Franz Stahl and Goldsmith by former Alanis Morissette drummer Taylor Hawkins. Stahl later left the group prior to recording of the Foo's third album and was replaced by touring guitarist Chris Shiflett, who later became a full-fledged member during the recording of "One by One".

Grohl's life of non-stop touring and travel continued with the Foo Fighters' tremendous success. During his infrequent pauses helived in Seattle and Los Angeles before returning to his native 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. He has been known to frequent Falls Church, Virginia's Cue Recording Studios.

In 2002 the Foo Fighters returned to the studio and released their fourth album, One by One, considered by many fans to be an excellent sequel to their previous work and widely described as one of their more accomplished albums. In a Rolling Stone interview, Dave Grohl later admitted to not liking the record, saying that recording and writing was rushed and most of the songs were rubbish.

Grohl and the Foo Fighters released their fifth album In Your Honor on June 14, 2005. Featuring collaborations with John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Norah Jones the band spent almost a year relocating Grohl's home based Virginia studios to a brand new facility, dubbed Studio 606, located in a warehouse near Los Angeles. Embellishing on 10 years of success the album was a departure from previous efforts and included one rock and one acoustic disc.

Other projects

Aside from the Foo Fighters, Grohl has worked on several other musical projects, earning a reputation as a rock and roll polymath. He recorded the score for the 1997 film Touch. In 2001 he joined Queens of the Stone Age as a drummer, both for the recording of their album Songs for the Deaf and the tour which followed the album's release. In 2002 Grohl also played drums for Tenacious D. He has also drummed on the latest Killing Joke album.

Grohl spent the last several years working on a new side project named PROBOT. According to an interview published in the magazine Guitar World, the project began as a self-induced backlash against the more commercial friendly material Grohl wrote for There Is Nothing Left to Lose. The album features various metal singers on vocals, most notably Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, and is entirely Grohl's instrumentation except for 2 lead guitar tracks performed by Soundgarden's Kim Thayil. A PROBOT demo disc is where the previously unreleased Nirvana song "You Know You're Right" was leaked in the middle of the Nirvana LLC dissolution case.

In 2003 he, once again on drums, helped Chan Marshall of the band Cat Power in recording the album You are Free. Then in 2004 he drummed for some of the tracks on industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails' album With Teeth, and one song for Garbage's album Bleed Like Me, both released in 2005.

In film and television, he has made appearances on The X-Files and on MTV's Daria: Is It Fall Yet? (2000).

The Drummer

Grohl at the Roskilde Festival in 2005

In addition to Grohl's talents as a songwriter and guitarist, Grohl's true claim to fame among other musicians might be his drumming. As a youth in Washington, DC learning to play the drums, Grohl's influences were hard rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Queen, Motörhead, The Who and Black Sabbath. The rocker got to live out a dream when he and his fellow Foo Fighters got to induct Queen into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and they joined the legendary British rock band for a rollicking rendition of the Queen classic "Tie Your Mother Down". The influence of Keith Moon's and John Bonham's hard-hitting style would become increasingly apparent as Grohl moved away from the punk stylings of Scream and he joined Nirvana. Grohl's heaviest drumming is likely on the Queens of the Stone Age album Songs for the Deaf, a performance that prompted AMG music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine to describe Grohl as "the most powerful drummer in the universe", which is of course a debatable claim. Grohl was also featured as the drummer on Tenacious D's 2001 self-titled debut album and appears on the Nine Inch Nails' most recent album With Teeth.


  • In the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2002, Grohl achieved a new record of having a part in 10 of the top 100 songs, including the Nirvana track "You Know You're Right", over the release of which he and Krist Novoselic had spent years battling with Cobain's widow Courtney Love.
  • Recently, one of Grohl's demo tapes from 1993 has surfaced, which features early versions of some of the songs that ended up on the first Foo Fighters album. The demo also contains a previously unreleased song called "Mountain of You" (which was originally thought to be titled "Mountain View", but Grohl has confirmed the real title in a posting on the official Foo Fighters message board).
  • Dave Grohl can be seen in Tenacious D's video for "Tribute" as the devil.
  • Dave Grohl can be seen in Queens Of The Stone Age's video for "No One Knows" as the deer, and playing the drums in the band shots.
  • Dave Grohl attended the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, or TJHSST, but he did not graduate.

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