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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.

Selected Discography: ‘No More Censorship’ (1986), Nevermind’ (1991), ‘In Utero’ (1993), ‘The Colour and the Shape’ (1997), ‘Tenacious D’ (2001), ‘Songs for the Deaf’ (2002), ‘Probot’ (2004), ‘Them Crooked Vultures’ (2009), ‘Wasting Light’ (2011)
Related Artists: Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Scream, Them Crooked Vultures, Probot, Queens of the Stone Age, Tenacious D
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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Helps Fan With Terminal Cancer Complete Bucket List Wish

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After hearing that an Australian fan with Stage 4 cancer missed out on a chance to meet the band, Dave Grohl offered a chance to meet in the U.S.

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2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Presenters and Performers Announced

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Dave Grohl and Tom Morello will be among those paying tribute to this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction class with performances at this year's event.

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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Suffers From Food Poisoning, Chugs Beer Anyway

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Ever the accommodating frontman, Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl chugged a beer despite battling food poisoning.

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Dave Grohl Gives Drumstick to Blind Fan During Foo Fighters Show

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During a Foo Fighters show in Sydney on Feb. 25, Dave Grohl gave a blind fan one of Taylor Hawkins’ drumsticks.

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Courtney Love Says Dave Grohl Feud ‘Got Stupid’ + Talks Kurt Cobain Documentary on ‘Letterman’

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Courtney Love stopped by 'The Late Show with David Letterman' this week to promote her stint on 'Empire'.

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Dave Grohl Named Official Ambassador of 2015 Record Store Day

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Ever since its conception in 2007, Record Store Day has encouraged music lovers to support their local record stores.

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Dave Grohl: Nirvana’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ Set ‘Was Supposed To Be a Disaster’

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Dave Grohl reflects on his days as Nirvana’s drummer, specifically talking about the two days of rehearsals leading up to the remarkable 'Unplugged' performance.

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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Hailed as ‘Good Omen’ by Rock Band the Cribs

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Would it surprise you to hear that Dave Grohl is considered a good luck charm?

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Dave Grohl Absent From First Cut of ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ Documentary

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The drummer was noticeably absent in the 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' documentary screening at Sundance but director Brett Morgen says he could still turn up.

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Foo Fighters Turn Chilean Chant Into New Song

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Dave Grohl's quick thinking turned a fan chant in Chile into a rocking new song.

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