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Dave Grohl
Foo Fighters Tenacious D concert in 2011.jpg
Grohl performing on December 2nd 2011
Background information
Birth nameDavid Eric Grohl
Also known asDavy Grolton
Dale Nixon
Dr. G
BornJanuary 14, 1969 (1969-01-14) (age 51)
Warren, Ohio
GenresAlternative rock, grunge, post-grunge, punk rock, heavy metal, hard rock, hardcore punk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, movie director
InstrumentsVocals, drums, guitar, bass, piano, percussion, keyboards
Years active1986–present
LabelsRCA, Capitol, DGC, Dischord
Associated actsNirvana, Foo Fighters, Scream, Dain Bramage, Probot, Queens of the Stone Age, Ghost B.C., Them Crooked Vultures, Nine Inch Nails

David Eric "Dave" Grohl (born January 14, 1969) is an American rock musician and singer. He is best known as the lead singer of rock band Foo Fighters and the drummer of the grunge band Nirvana. He has also been part of thirty different bands in his life.[1] These bands include Nine Inch Nails and Tenacious D.


Early life

Dave Grohl lived most of his early life in and around Washington DC. He played in many local punk bands, on guitar. By 15 years old he was a drummer in the hardcore punk band, Scream.[2] Scream toured all over the United States and Europe but broke up in 1989.[2] After they broke up he tried out to be a drummer in a small band called Nirvana.


Grohl joined Nirvana in 1990, along with Krist Novoselic and Kurt Cobain. They went on to be one of the most successful bands of the decade, selling over 50 million albums worldwide.[3] Grohl joined shortly before the release of Nevermind. Nevermind proved to be a classic album, one that is still a big influence on the alternative metal and alternative rock scene.[4] The band only recorded one more studio album though, In Utero in 1993. On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain's body was found at his home in Seattle. He had shot himself in the head with a shotgun.[5] This basically ended Nirvana and Grohl started his own band Foo Fighters in 1995.

Foo Fighters

The original Foo Fighters album was recorded entirely by Grohl himself. He recorded the parts for each instrument one at a time and then combined them.[6] Foo Fighters are now a multi Grammy Award winning rock band and sell out huge arenas when they go on tour.