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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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Teenage Time Killers Reveal New Album Details + New Single Featuring Randy Blythe + Dave Grohl

Teenage Time Killers have revealed the special guests and new single 'Hung Out to Dry' for their upcoming 'Greatest Hits, Vol. 1' disc.

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Joan Jett Opens 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony with Dave Grohl

Joan Jett took the stage with Dave Grohl for the raucous opening to tonight's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

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Dave Grohl: ‘I Will Be a Diehard Metallica Fan Until the Day I Die’

As Record Store Day ambassador, Dave Grohl professes his love for Metallica.

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Dave Grohl Discusses Getting ‘K.C. Jeebies’ From Frances Bean Cobain

Dave Grohl recalls a meeting with Frances Bean Cobain where speaking with Kurt Cobain's daughter felt all too familiar.

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Dave Grohl Sketches a Nude Model + Pays Respect to Sepultura on ‘Late Late Show’

On Monday, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl stopped by 'The Late Late Show' and got the chance to stare at a naked old dude.

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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Helps Fan With Terminal Cancer Complete Bucket List Wish

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

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

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

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’

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

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