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David Eric Grohl (born January 14, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and director. He is the founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and primary songwriter of the rock band Foo Fighters since 1994, and was the best known and longest-serving drummer for Nirvana from late 1990 to early 1994, when Nirvana disbanded following the death of Kurt Cobain. Grohl is also the drummer and co-founder of the rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, and wrote the music and performed all the instruments for his short-lived side projects Late! and Probot. He has also recorded and frequently tours with rock band Queens of the Stone Age.
Foo Fighters meld melodic elements with heavier ones, and have found worldwide success and won multiple awards, most notably with four of their albums winning Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album. Grohl established himself as a highly appreciated drummer with Nirvana and in 2014 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside bandmates Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic in the group’s first year of eligibility. In 2010, Grohl was described by Ken Micallef, co-author of the book Classic Rock Drummers, as one of the most influential rock musicians of the previous 20 years.
[…] In 1993, Grohl was recruited to help recreate the music of The Beatles’ early years for the movie Backbeat; he played drums in an “all-star” lineup that included Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs, indie producer Don Fleming, Mike Mills of R.E.M., Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, and Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum. A music video was filmed for the song “Money” while Grohl was with Nirvana on their 1994 European tour, footage of Grohl was filmed later and included.
[…] In June 2008, Grohl was Paul McCartney’s special guest for a concert at the Anfield football stadium in Liverpool, in one of the central events of the English city’s year as European Capital of Culture. Grohl joined McCartney’s band singing backup vocals and playing guitar on “Band on the Run” and drums on “Back in the U.S.S.R.” and “I Saw Her Standing There“. Grohl also performed with McCartney at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, again playing drums on “I Saw Her Standing There“. Grohl also helped pay tribute to McCartney at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors along with No Doubt, Norah Jones, Steven Tyler, James Taylor, and Mavis Staples. He sang a duet version of “Maybe I’m Amazed” with Norah Jones on December 5, 2010.
[…] At the 12-12-12 Sandy benefit concert Paul McCartney joined Grohl and the surviving members of Nirvana (Krist Novoselic and touring guitarist Pat Smear) to perform “Cut Me Some Slack”, a song later recorded for the Sound City soundtrack. In what was regarded as a Nirvana reunion with McCartney as a stand-in for Kurt Cobain, this was the first time in eighteen years that the three had played alongside each other.
It’s funny, the few times that I’ve jammed with him, I think people forget about his musicianship because they’re so blown away with the Beatles side of things. And then he puts on the instrument, and you’re like, “Jesus, he’s fucking good.” He really is. I mean, like, the bass line to “Hey Bulldog,” what is that?!Dave Grohl talking about Paul McCartney, RollingStone interview, November 2019
You have to understand, one of the great things about playing with Paul McCartney or playing with Neil Young is that that generation of musicians, they cherish and respect and value the practice of just going into a room and coming up with something and jamming and making it a song. There’s not like seven songwriters and seven producers and digital technology or whatever. It’s like people getting in a room.Paul McCartney – From NME, January 17th 2013
Last updated on April 11, 2021