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Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl

Whoever said there are no second acts in American lives obviously never heard of Dave Grohl: the drummer who rose to international fame with Nirvana, only to reinvent himself, after the shocking suicide of bandmate Kurt Cobain, as the singer, guitarist and driving force behind Foo Fighters. But then, some older music fans might well argue that Nirvana was already a second act for Grohl, who was born David Eric Grohl on January 14, 1969, in Warren, Ohio, and then raised in Springfield, Virginia after his parents divorce. This proximity to the Washington, D.C. metro area determined Dave’s first foray into music via the city’s vibrant ’80s hardcore scene. He dropped out of high school at 17 and joined the band Scream for what proved to be a four-year rock and roll apprenticeship behind the drum kit. And then, just as Scream’s underground career was running out of steam, Grohl landed an audition with a pre-fame Nirvana, joining the aforementioned Cobain and bass player Krist Novoselic just in time to contribute his talents to the trio’s watershed sophomore album, ‘Nevermind,’ and ride its remarkable sales to somewhat reluctant superstar status. This turn of events of course proved to be Cobain’s undoing, but it duly opened the door for Grohl to develop his songwriting and record the debut Foo Fighters’ 1995 album virtually single handedly, in part as a means of coping with his former bandmate’s tragic demise. 1997’s ‘The Colour and the Shape,’ catapulted the Foo Fighters (now fleshed out into a proper touring band) to yet another level of popularity, and paved the way for a string of best-selling albums, a feature length band documentary, ‘Back and Forth, in 2011, and sell-out tours that persist unto the present day. And when he wasn’t busy leading the Foos over the course of these releases, their numerous lineup changes, and other bumps in their road, Grohl eagerly took on side projects like the underground metal all-star collaboration, Probot, the supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, and as an in demand session drummer with Queens of the Stone Age, Tenacious D and many others.

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Foo Fighters’ ‘Crying Grown Man’ Fan Had Just Buried His Mother

Fan who was brought onstage by Dave Grohl explains why he was so emotional at Foo Fighters show.

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Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

Dave Grohl on Upcoming Emmy Awards: ‘I Have a Little Bit of Social Anxiety’

Dave Grohl is one of those people who seems like they can handle anything, but apparently the Foo Fighters frontman gets a bit of social anxiety in certain situations.

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Dave Grohl Brings Up ‘Crying Grown Man’ From Audience to Sing ‘My Hero’ at Foo Fighters Show

It seems like every gig on Foo Fighters' current tour has a "Good Guy Grohl" moment, where frontman Dave Grohl goes above and beyond to please his adoring fans.

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Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

Dave Grohl Shares Air-Drumming Rehab Routine + What Made Him Cry ‘Like a F–king Baby’

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is on the mend and he shares part of his rehab routine and also discusses a performance that brought him to tears.

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Dave Grohl + His Doctor Perform White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’ at Fenway Park

“Holy s--t, that’s actually my doctor. What a badass!” That was what Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl had to say after his orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Lew Schon.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Foo Fighters Soar High at New York’s Citi Field

“The second night is always better” said Grohl on Thursday evening (July 16), and we were there for all of the antics and their 27-song setlist.

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Kevin Mazur, Getty Images

Foo Fighters Invite Fan Onstage for ‘Big Me’ Performance in Toronto

At a recent gig in Toronto, Grohl invited a fan onstage to play drums on ‘Big Me.’ Watch the video.

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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl: ‘The Cast Is Off’

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl recently moved from a cast to a removable boot for his broken leg, but says there's still plenty of rehab ahead.

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Watch: That Time When Dave Grohl Played a Guitar Solo Using His Broken Leg

Not only is Dave Grohl sitting on an ornate Game of Thrones style chair, the musician has now incorporated his leg cast into the band's act.

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Dave Grohl Covers Neil Young With Pearl Jam + Blind Melon Members

On July 4, Dave Grohl played a motorcycle rally with a few musical friends and covered songs from Neil Young and Rolling Stones.

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