Dave Grohl

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Dave Grohl

Born

1/14/1969, Warren, Ohio

Birth Name

David Eric Grohl

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  • Trivia

    • While auditioning for Scream, Dave lied about his age (claiming he was 20 when he was really 17) so that they would take him seriously.

    • Dave invited former Nirvana bassist and close friend Krist Novoselic to join Foo Fighters, but Krist declined for fear that Foo Fighters would be seen as a rip-off of Nirvana.

    • Dave Grohl founded the Foo Fighters in 1995 after Nirvana's demise in 1994.

    • Taylor Hawkins replaced William Goldsmith as drummer for the Foo Fighters when Dave Grohl decided he didn't like Goldsmith's "style".

    • Before founding the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl was the drummer for Dain Bramage, Nirvana and Scream.

    • Dave Grohl was once married to Jennifer Youngblood, but they later divorced.

    • Dave Grohl sang and played all the instruments on the first Foo Fighters album, but he had to recruit a band to play live.

    • Dave Grohl is the only member who has played on every Foo Fighters album.

    • Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel and Taylor Hawkins play all the characters in the Foo Fighters' "Learn To Fly" video except for the two janitors.

    • Dave (on his cameo on the X-Files): I wanted to be the monster or the alien, something like that instead of like a dumb little cameo. I thought that'd be kinda fun.

    • Dave: The first time I ever sat down with Michael Stipe was over breakfast at his vegetarian-friendly restaurant in Athens. He turned me on to 'facon' and 'soysage'.

    • Dave: Tattoos all represent their own moment in time, and the sentiment and the phase your going through when you get them are more significant than the design.

    • Dave: I stole some chewing tobacco, it was green apple-flavour Redman Chew. I went into our laundry room and started chewing it and got so violently ill that I never chewed tobacco again.

    • Dave: I'm a steak guy. A nice fillet. The key to making a good steak is in the flipping. You want to turn your steaks. You have to show each steak an equal amount of love. Don't walk away from the grill. If the steak gets lonely, it will burn. You don't want that. Ok? You just don't want it.

    • Dave: I love songs that make you wanna jump around, have a good time for three and a half minutes. Eight-minute songs drenched in feedback are cool too, but I just can't write them. I wanna write a song as good as that Supergrass thing, 'Alright', that's a f****** great pop song.

    • Dave: I remember watching Live Aid, live. I think I was maybe 14 or 15 years old and at that point in my life I was totally immersed in punk rock, and like, speed metal. I did not like melodic, popular rock music. I just didn't. I refused it. At that point I was just completely surrounded by punk rock and we watched Live Aid to laugh at everybody. We thought 'Ughhh - Live Aid, let's watch it. It's horrible'.

      We turned it on and after Queen were finished, all of us looked at each other and thought 'Oh my God, that was completely incredible. That was awesome. Queen are the best. They're amazing.' [chuckles] And they were, and that day they proved themselves to be the greatest live band you'd ever seen.

      I mean Live Aid was huge. man. How many bands played that thing? Everybody played that gig. Queen smoked 'em. They just took everybody. They walked away being the greatest band you'd ever seen in your life and it was unbelievable.

      And I think that's, that's what made the band so great, that's why they should be recognised as one of the greatest rock bands of all time because they could connect with an audience. Sixty thousand people. Like Wembley Stadium. You know how hard it is to get someone's attention who's on the other side of a room? Imagine a stadium. Imagine making them sing along with you, though they've never sung a note in their life, but somehow making, making a mass, thousands and thousands, connect with your music. It's not easy.

      Queen could do it, man.

    • Dave: Every now and then the cry goes up 'Is techno the new punk rock?', 'Is west-coast ska revival the new punk rock?' The answer is that punk is an ethic, an attitude. Every generation is visited by that punk ethic, for some it's rap for others it's techno and what I experienced as punk, the Ramones, the Pistols, the DC hardcore scene, is what inspired me to get off my ass.

    • Dave: We got the ping-pong table on the road. There's nothing wrong with a little zhing-zhang now and again. We're big on it. There's not better way to warm up for a show than a nice five or six-game tournament. It gets your hand-eye going; you break a sweat.

    • Dave (on perversions): I don't really have any. I guess I like being beat up a little, I think that's kind of fun.

    • Dave (on Ozzy Osbourne): I love Ozzy, too. He was once considered 'The Most Evil Man In Rock' and yet he's the cutest and funniest guy in rock, too. He's just a little kid...with a hash pipe in his mouth!

    • Dave: My mother worked three jobs to support my sister and me. She was a high school English teacher. She worked at a department store at night. And on the weekend, she did estimates for a carpet-cleaning company. She worked her fingers to the bone just to make sure we survived. Now she's retired, and I bought her the house we grew up in, and I added on a whole extra wing. She comes out on tour at special locations, like Australia three months ago. We had a blast. We went to wildlife preserves and petted wallabies.

    • Dave: There's a big difference between falling in love with someone and falling in love with someone and getting married. Usually, after you get married, you fall in love with the person even more.

    • Dave: I used to hate London. I just couldn't get into it. But only last year did I start to realise that London is my favourite city outside of the States. There's something about the women in London that has changed too. I don't know what you guys have been importing or what's your trip, but it's a whole new scene. The first time I came to London it was just all fish and chips, but now it's Nobu and the Metropolitan Hotel!

    • Dave: Lemmy makes everyone else seem like a poo-butt junior schoolboy. That guy is the King, man. He knows it! There's no question. He walked into the room and I really felt that for the first time I'd met a real rock and roller.

    • Dave: I'm embarrased to be American when I look at our legal system. It's just ridiculous.

    • Dave (on Kurt Cobain): He had a great sense of humor and was one of the most unique people I've ever met: eccentric and unlike anyone else in the world, and a gentleman to boot--polite and shy, but fucking hilarious. There is this dark cloud that hangs over the name Nirvana, but we had a lot of fun. We spent half our time rolling on the ground with our fucking ribs aching and tears rolling down our face because things that were going on were so funny.

    • Dave: Krist (Novoselic) is a very lovely, gentle, sweet and huge man. If he's your friend, he's your friend for life.

    • Dave (his favourite joke): Why was six scared of seven? Because seven, eight, nine.

    • Dave: Ikea is great. Cheap, easy to put together... it comes with all the pegs and the screws - you don't need languages with the instructions.

    • Dave: Heaven is a barbeque with a massive brisket, Led Zeppelin pumping on the stereo and a keg on ice - Coors Lite - surrounded by all my favourite people.

    • Dave: Hollywood has been shit for years, and the coolest movies have always been low budget productions or foreign films.

    • Dave: Happiness is a good pint of Guinness.

    • Dave: The best time for the gum is just before getting onstage. Onstage I need a minty-fresh microphone. There's no gum that keeps it's flavour for more than 20 minutes. I need flavour. I like me some Dentyne Ice. I just know the colours: black, blue or green.

    • Dave: I think we're the only Grohls in America with this spelling. On my first tour of America I'd pick up telephone directories to check, and I never found any. It's a little kooky because me and my cousin Brian are the only two people who can carry on the family name.

    • Dave: I love flying. I never learned, but I wanted to. It was around the time of the 'Learn To Fly' video. How about Bruce Dickinson, flying chartered jets? I heard he was flying boy bands around and stuff. I really wanted to learn. I started getting the instructional video tapes and wanted to sign up for classes, but you can't half-ass it if you're learning to fly. You have to be devoted, and I just couldn't do that.

    • Dave: I'm kind of claustrophobic, sometimes in airplanes I can't stand that fact that I can't get off if I want to. I have crazy claustrophobic dreams; weird elevator dreams where the elevator closes in and all of a sudden I am lying down — 'oh my God, it's a casket'. Just freaky stuff like that.

    • Dave: For all you guys that haven't experienced the culinary delight that is the English breakfast, let me explain: First of all, they have these things called bangers. Now, a banger is a sausage, but it's not your everyday breakfast sausage...no, no, no...it's about the size of a hot dog, with a wonderful, almost papery skin on the outside. The inside is like the yummiest, squishiest, most delicious treat you've ever eaten. (I think I just made it sound disgusting) OK...so then you've got your eggs (nothing fancy), and your hash browns (no big whoop), and your toast, which, if you like, they will fry (I prefer it fried because, hey, anything to line my arteries with even more filth, GOD BLESS AMERICA...)...and then...here's the best part…. BAKED BEANS. Yes... baked ***king beans.... for breakfast. Oh my God, I could eat that shit all day. If I were president, I would make each and every school in America serve English breakfasts to the kids every morning.

    • Dave: I have crazy vivid dreams every night and remember them all. I once dreamt that I had drowned. I was in the water trying to catch my breath and someone swam up to me and said 'It's OK you can let go and you can breath now.' All of a sudden, I wasn't in the water anymore. I was just floating. I took this breath of air and realised I'd died. It wasn't so much the visual of the dream, but the feeling that, 'OK this is the moment I've waited for my whole life.' It felt so real, no pain, just that this was it. I floated through this series of tunnels and wound up in a gallery with other people floating around. It was pretty wild feeling waking up from that.

    • Dave: I'm able to knock up a shelf. I can knock down a wall too. There's no challenge to that. You just knock the fucker down. It helps to do it right. But, even if you don't, you learn from your mistake. Ok, it might be an expensive mistake. But, hey, I'm rich as shit. I can afford to make expensive mistakes.

    • Dave (on Disneyland): People who work at Disneyland who walk around dressed up as Goofy, apparently, under no circumstances are they allowed to remove their outfits when they're in the parks. So you have these people in 80lb Goofy costumes, running around in 110 degree heat. Even if you happen to vomit, you're not allowed to remove your costume in front of the children because they'll freak out and won't believe that Goofy is a real animal. Once you're wearing those costumes, you're not even allowed a regular piss break. I guess you could just piss in your suit. But imagine if you're five years old and the first time you met Minnie Mouse she smelled of piss and vomit.

    • Dave (on Courtney Love): Um. Well. I guess that she's truly an individual. I've never met anyone like her in my whole life. It's one of those things where you might bicker back and forth via lawyers and when you see each other you kind of just giggle. We bumped into each other in an elevator at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles, and she invited me to Michael Stipe's room. I went up and said hello.

    • Dave: I never fancied coke at all, because a friend of mine had a heart attack outside a 7-11 when he was 18 doing coke. So it's always been this evil, deadly drug - plus if I started doing it, I'm the kind of person would just fucking blow every cent I had to shove the world up my nose, I'm hyperactive enough.

    • Dave: My favourite is probably Esrom, a soft, fragrant, northern European cheese. I love a good sharp cheddar too, with a little chutney. Delish! I can't stand Swiss cheese.

    • Dave: I'm a breakfast person. I wake up every day and drink my coffee. Some days it's the full breakfast, it's kind of on and off. Full breakfast Monday, muesli Tuesday, fruits on Wednesday, full breakfast again on Thursday.

    • Dave: The great thing about bowling is that you get better the more beer you drink. It's like a pub sport. I've never broken 200, my high score is 198.

    • Dave (on Bjork): I love her, she's amazing. The whole kit and caboodle. An inspiration.

    • Dave (on autobiographies): It's the most egotistical thing anybody could possibly do. I read Motley Crue's - it's hilarious, but all embellished crap. It makes them seem like complete a*******: We raped chicks and did heroin. I don't want people to know that much.

    • Dave: I did absinthe with Taylor a while back. We ended up daring each other to hold a lit cigarette jammed between our arms. We giggled as our flesh burned. That's what absinthe does to you.

    • He is married to Jordyn Blum.

  • Quotes

    • David: (after an alcohol-free performance in years at the 2007 V festival) This is the first time I've played sober in ages. It was great ... there is something about having couple of shots of Jagermeister and Red Bull and making 50,000 people sing.

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