Dave Grohl

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David Grohl live at Rock am Ring 2018
David Grohl (2011)
Chart positions
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Probot (as probot)
  DE 36 02/23/2004 (3 weeks)
  US 68 02/28/2004 (6 weeks)
Play (soundtrack)
  US 124 08/25/2018 (1 week)

David "Dave" Eric Grohl (born January 14, 1969 in Warren , Ohio ) is an American musician . He was or is the drummer of the bands Scream , Nirvana , Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures . Since 1995 he has been the singer and rhythm guitarist in the band Foo Fighters, which he founded .


Grohl grew up in Springfield , Virginia , near Washington, DC . When he was six years old, his parents separated and he lived with his mother from then on. Grohl said he grew up in modest circumstances: "We weren't poor, but we never had the money to go to restaurants or go on vacation."

Grohl started his musical career as a teenager behind the drums of various student punk rock bands in the Washington underground scene. He played in music groups such as Freak Baby and Dain Bramage before he became the drummer of the band Scream at the age of 17 , with whom he recorded two albums and toured the US and Europe .

After Scream broke up, Grohl replaced Chad Channing in the grunge band Nirvana in 1990 and recorded the legendary album Nevermind in 1991 with Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar) and Krist Novoselic (bass) .

Shortly after joining Nirvana, he recorded the “Pocketwatch” cassette under the pseudonym “Late!”, On which he played all the instruments himself.

After the death of the singer Kurt Cobain on April 5, 1994, Grohl decided to record his own songs. He played all the instruments in the studio himself. After he had finished recording in October 1994, he decided to start a band instead of a solo project. In June 1995 the Foo Fighters released their first album , which was named after the band. Eight more albums followed from 1997 to 2011. Every now and then, Grohl also worked with other, friendly bands. You can hear him on the two albums "Human Beans" and "Earthlings?" By the band Earthlings? by former Scream singer Pete Stahl, who worked on the Crippled Dick Hot Wax! as well as “Doll Revolution” by the Bangles and David Bowie's “Heathen”. He also recorded the drum parts on all three albums by Tenacious D , Jack Black's band . In their video clip for “Tribute” and in their film Kings of Rock - Tenacious D , he played Satan and also appeared with this band on some television shows. Under the pseudonym “Dale Nixon” Grohl played drums on the solo EP by King Buzzo , guitarist of the band Melvins . In 1990, recordings of the Harlingtox AD project were made with musicians friends from the Washington DC music scene and the Dutchman Tos Nieuwenhuizen, which was released in 1996 on the small label Laundry Room Records in a small edition. Stylistically, this album can be assigned to experimental grunge.

Dave Grohl at the Roskilde Festival

In 2002 he was temporarily a member of the band Queens of the Stone Age , with whom he recorded the album Songs for the Deaf as a drummer .

In 2003 Grohl helped out again as a drummer, this time with the British band Killing Joke . On February 2, 2004 Probot was released , the album of his heavy metal project of the same name , for which he worked with various musicians from the metal scene of the 1980s (including Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead and Max Cavalera from Sepultura and Soulfly ).

In 2005 Grohl took over the majority of the drum parts on the album With Teeth by Trent Reznor's band Nine Inch Nails .

Grohl played drums on some songs on the album Four on the Floor of Juliette and the Licks , which was released in the fall of 2006.

On June 7th, 2008 Dave Grohl managed to convince Led Zeppelin to perform at Wembley Stadium in London as part of the largest Foo Fighters concert to date, with over 86,000 spectators, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones . To the song Rock and Roll is presented Taylor Hawkins to the microphone, while Grohl played drums and thus at least part of his dream fulfilled, once his idol John Bonham responsible. Grohl sang the song Ramble on himself again, and Hawkins sat back on his drums. After the two Led Zeppelin classics performed together, Dave Grohl commented on the performance with: “Welcome to the greatest fucking day of my whole entire life!” (“Welcome to the damn best day of my life!”)

Grohl is working as a drummer with Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age and John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin in the side project Them Crooked Vultures .

In the published in April 2010 album by Slash Grohl played drums on the song "Watch this."

On February 23, 2011 Dave Grohl became the first American artist to win the NME Godlike Genius Award.

In the 2011 film The Muppets he played as "Animool" (a modification of the Muppet drummer "Das Tier", English "Animal") the role of the drummer in the Muppet cover band "The Moopets" of the bear Fozzie.

On November 6th, 2012 it is announced that Grohl will again join the Queens of the Stone Age as drummer after Joey Castillo has left the band. A month earlier, Grohl announced a break in the Foo Fighters, but it only lasted until the end of February 2013.

On January 18, 2013, the film Sound City was released , in which Dave Grohl worked as a director. It is a music documentary about the Sound City Studio in Los Angeles , in which music legends such as Neil Young , Fleetwood Mac , Rage Against the Machine , Metallica and Nirvana , of which Dave Grohl himself was a member, recorded. After the studio went bankrupt, Grohl bought the mixer. Then he got the idea to shoot a short video clip for YouTube about the studio. But it turned into a complete documentation. He also invited guest musicians such as Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), Corey Taylor ( Slipknot ), Rick Springfield and Paul McCartney ( The Beatles ) and recorded a CD with them using the mixer he bought. The album Sound City as the best film soundtrack and one of the songs they shared, Cut Me Some Slack , as the best rock song were both awarded a Grammy .

On June 12, 2015, Dave Grohl broke during a concert at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg in a fall from the stage his right fibula . After the leg had been temporarily cast, he played the concert to the end.

In 2016, the Rolling Stone listed Grohl 27th of the 100 best drummers of all time .


As a guitarist, Dave Grohl mainly plays Gibson guitars . Gibson Guitars built a signature model in his honor called the Gibson Memphis Dave Grohl ES-335 . He also plays VOX and Mesa / Boogie amplifiers .

Private life

From 1993 to 1997 Grohl was married to the photographer Jennifer Youngblood. After the separation he had relationships with the rock musicians Louise Post from Veruca Salt and Melissa Auf der Maur as well as the snowboarder Tina Basich.

In August 2003, Grohl married his second wife, Jordyn Blum. The couple has three daughters (* 2006, * 2009, * 2014).

With an estimated USD fortune in the three-digit million range, Grohl is one of the three richest drummers in the world after Ringo Starr and Phil Collins .


  • Jeff Apter: Dave Grohl: the early years; Nirvana - Foo Fighters. Bosworth Music, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-86543-312-1 .

Web links

Commons : Dave Grohl  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  7. Discography: All albums by Foo Fighters. Retrieved January 3, 2016 .
  8. Children of the big city - sons of the desert. Earthlings? trust-zine.de. Retrieved September 7, 2012
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  10. ^ Doll Revolution on discogs.com (English); Retrieved September 7, 2012
  11. Heathen on discogs.com (English); Retrieved September 7, 2012
  12. ^ David Marchese: Tenacious D Rave About Dave Grohl and Their Mindblowing Dance Moves . spin.com, May 9, 2012 (English); Retrieved September 7, 2012
  13. Tribute on songfacts.com (English); Retrieved September 7, 2012
  14. Actors from Kings of Rock - Tenacious D. imdb.com (English); Retrieved September 7, 2012
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  16. Harlingtox Angel Divine on sputnikmusic.com (English); Retrieved September 7, 2012
  17. Musicians involved in Songs for the Deaf. allmusic.com (English); Retrieved September 7, 2012
  18. Musicians involved in Killing Joke. allmusic.com (English); Retrieved September 7, 2012
  19. Participating musicians in Probot. allmusic.com (English); Retrieved September 7, 2012
  20. Participating musicians on With Teeth. allmusic.com (English); Retrieved September 7, 2012
  21. ^ Juliette Lewis teams up with Dave Grohl . nme.com, September 6, 2006 (English); Retrieved September 7, 2012
  22. Led Zeppelin . Rolling Stone
  23. Led Zeppelin reunite at Foo Fighters show . nme.com, June 8, 2008 (English); Retrieved September 7, 2012
  24. ^ Biography of Them Crooked Vultures. ( Memento of September 4, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) themcrookedvultures.com; accessed on November 27, 2015
  25. Slash . discogs.com (English); Retrieved September 7, 2012
  26. Dave Grohl to be crowned Godlike Genius at Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 . nme.com, January 10, 2011 (English); Retrieved September 7, 2012
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  28. Foo Fighters go back to the studio . fan-lexikon.de. February 21, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
  29. Visions 240, pp. 74 ff.
  30. Jump up the stage: Foo Fighters singer breaks his leg - and rocks on. In: Spiegel Online . June 13, 2015, accessed June 13, 2015 .
  31. ^ "Hey everyone ..." , commentary & photos about the accident, Dave Grohl. foofighters.com, June 17, 2015 (English)
  32. 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time. Rolling Stone , March 31, 2016, accessed August 6, 2017 .
  33. Dave Grohl ES-335 ( Memento of the original from February 2, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. on Gibson.com, accessed February 4, 2015  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www2.gibson.com
  34. Keith Cameron: I've never gotten off on chaos. guardian.co.uk, September 14, 2007; Retrieved September 7, 2012
  35. From pillow to Post . theage.com.au, December 31, 2004; Retrieved September 7, 2012
  36. Retaining Nirvana. fooarchive.com; Retrieved September 7, 2012
  37. Kristin Dizon: A moment with Tina Basich, pro snowboarder . seattlepi.com, September 26, 2003 (English); Retrieved September 7, 2012
  38. ^ Cathryn Friar: Jordyn Grohl is Dave Grohl's Wife. ( Memento of the original from October 19, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. rightcelebrity.com, February 15, 2009 (English); Retrieved September 7, 2012 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.rightcelebrity.com
  39. Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl and his wife are on cloud nine: their third child was born healthy , Gala, August 21, 2014; accessed on June 1, 2017
  40. Uwe Schmitt: A guitar also wants to be struck. In: welt.de . December 2, 2014, accessed June 13, 2015 .