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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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Karl Walter / Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Ex-Foo Fighters Drummer Still Bitter at Dave Grohl Over ‘The Colour and the Shape’ Fallout

Ex-Foo Fighters drummer William Goldsmith explains his side of the story over the drums tracks on 'The Colour and the Shape,' which ultimately led to his exit.

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YouTube

Dave Grohl’s Daughter Harper Joins Foo Fighters on Drums for Queen Cover

Watch Dave Grohl's eight-year-old daughter Harper play drums with Foo Fighters at the Solstice Festival in Reykjavic, Iceland.

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Dave Grohl Sends Heartfelt Message to Fan Who Lost His Wife to Cancer

Dave Grohl has sent a heartfelt message to the husband of a UK woman who lost an eight-year battle with cancer after the man reached out to him on social media.

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Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Dave Grohl Confirms Rami Jaffe as Foo Fighters Member, Talks Them Crooked Vultures Future

In a new interview, Dave Grohl confirmed that Rami Jaffe is now an official Foo Fighters member and discussed the potential for more Them Crooked Vultures.

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Fiona Goodall, Getty Images

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl on BottleRock Incident: If You Pull the Plug, It Doesn’t Mean We’ll Stop

After having the plug pulled on their set at BottleRock, Dave Grohl knows there's magical moments to be made in situations like this.

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Kevork Djansezian / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Are Dave Grohl + Chad Smith Working With Spinal Tap’s Derek Smalls?

A meeting of drumming legends Dave Grohl, Chad Smith and Jim Keltner may have revealed a potential solo album for Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap.

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YouTube: King Thrust Entertainment

Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale + More Cover Dave Grohl Favorites at Nashville Tribute Show

Watch Halestorm's Lzzy Hale and members of Slipknot and Suicidal Tendencies take part in a series of Dave Grohl covers at a Nashville tribute show.

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CBS

Dave Grohl + His Mom Reflect on His Childhood, Kurt Cobain’s Death on ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’

Dave Grohl appeared on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' last night with his mom, Virginia, to promote her new book, 'From Cradle to Stage.'

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Dave Grohl Reveals Jazz Embarrassment Brought on by Mother

While speaking at a book festival with his mother, Dave Grohl revealed a time in his youth where he was mortified to sit in with a jazz combo.

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Keipher McKennie, Getty Images

Virginia Grohl’s Biggest Fear of Nirvana Fame Was That Madonna Would Snatch Up Dave Grohl

In a new interview, Virginia Grohl reveals her biggest fear from the days of Nirvana's fame was that Madonna would 'snatch up' her son.

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