5 Little Known Facts About Dave Grohl
Dave Grohl’s impact on culture is difficult to grasp.
His work with Nirvana and The Foo Fighters left an irrefutable impact on the music world – just look to his Rock and Roll Hall of Famer status for proof. He’s also been dubbed “The Nicest Guy In Rock” for a myriad of reasons, one being his tendency to tip servers $1,000. But what is not known to the rocker? Find out below.
1. The Foo Fighters were just Grohl at first
“When Nirvana ended, I was emotionally in a deep, deep rut,” Grohl told American Songwriter in 2021. “I didn’t know if I wanted to play music anymore, and I didn’t know if I wanted to be drummer. more. So I turned to this old habit of recording things on my own and I thought, ‘Okay, maybe I’ll do this in a real recording studio.’ I booked six days at a place downstairs from my home in Seattle and recorded what became the first record [Foo Fighters, 1995]without having many expectations.
“I called it ‘Foo Fighters’ because I wanted people to think it was a band,” he concluded.
2. He can’t stand rude fans
In the middle of a 2011 performance at the iTunes Festival, Grohl cut off his performance mid-song. Grohl spotted a fight in the crowd and quickly broke up the fight. “You don’t come to my show and you fight. You come to my show and you dance, asshole,” he told the rowdy fan. “I can’t stand this bullshit.”
Grohl demanded that the instigator quit his show, then he resumed the game.
3. Rockstars have their insecurities too.
Interestingly enough, Grohl is unsure of his nostrils. In a 2000 interview, Grohl revealed that he would have “constricted” nostrils if he had to undergo plastic surgery. “[T]They’re a bit big,” he said, “I’ve had a complex of them since I was 12, and Bobby St Francis, my sister’s friend said he could see my brain from through my nostrils.”
4. Grohl personally met one of the Beaconsfield miners
In 2006, the Beaconsfield gold mine collapsed in Tasmania, Australia. Fourteen miners immediately escaped, but one miner was tragically killed and two others were trapped below the surface. Trapped miners Brant Webb and Todd Russell requested an MP3 of Foo Fighters music to keep their spirits up while a rescue mission was underway. (It took two weeks to save them.)
When Grohl heard about the miners’ request, he sent a personal message to the miners: “Although I am halfway around the world right now, my heart is with you both, and I want you to know that When you get home, there’s two tickets to any Foos show, anywhere, and two cold beers waiting for you. Okay?”
Several months later, Webb accepted Grohl’s offer and the two had a cold one together after Foo’s concert at the Sydney Opera House. The Foo Fighters then released the song “Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners” in honor of the men.
5. He has an impeccable sense of humor
Grohl is not one to take life too seriously. What would be the fun in that? He’s been known to say things like, “It was that famous joke: What’s the last thing the drummer said before he got kicked out of the band?” “Hey, I wrote a song.”
What would we do without Dave Grohl?
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