Dave Grohl, drummer, guitarist
Drummer ~ Guitarist
Nirvana ~ Foo Fighters
birth name: David Eric Grohl

Dave Grohl

January 14, 1969, Warren, OH

Rarely in the history of rock has a musician switched bands and instruments simultaneously with such a high degree of success as Dave Grohl. ~ Allmusic: Dave Grohl ~ retrieved June 16, 2013 © Allmusic

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January 14, 1978 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (5) Dolly Paton, Here You Come Again ~ #2 (1) Bee Gees, How Deep Is Your Love ~ #1 (2) Player, Baby Come Back

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Dave Grohl didn't need his manager to contact Paul Stanley to ask him to appear in Foo Fighters' HBO music documentary series Sonic Highways; he simply had to drive his kids to school. “I've seen Dave almost every day for the past three years,” says Kiss' singer and guitarist, whose children attend the same school as Grohl's. “Every year we actually do concerts, separately, but the same nights as a fundraiser for the school. He asked me if I would be involved with the [HBO] show, and I said absolutely.” . ~ Rolling Stone: Kiss' Paul Stanley says ‘Dave Grohl Is The Ken Burns Of Rock Dopcumentaries’ ~ December 5, 2014 © Rolling Stone

Dave Grohl ~ Ranked #6 Stylus 50 Greatest Rock Drummers in 2007 ~ His drumming has a way of making punky riffs stadium-sized. ~ 2007 © Stylus

Nirvana

Few bands in rock history have had a more immediate and tangible impact on their contemporary pop musical landscape than Nirvana did in the early Nineties. When the Seattle trio hit the scene in 1991, mainstream radio was awash in the hair metal of Poison and Def Leppard. But seemingly within hours of the release of Nirvana's anarchic, angry single Smells Like Teen Spirit - and its twisted anti-pep-rally video - the rules had changed. Artifice was devalued; pure, raw emotion was king. ~ Rolling Stone: Nirvana ~ retrieved January 11, 2014 © Rolling Stone

Nirvana ~ Ranked #30 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004.

Nirvana ~ Nevermind (1991) ~ #2 VH-1 R&R's All Time Top 100 Albums in 1999.

The Foo Fighters

They're without a doubt the most talked about band in music right now, and have the most anticipated rock album of the year [Sonic Highways]. ~ X107.5 Las Vegas: Nate Mendel Interview ~ November 11, 2014 © X107.5 Las Vegas

The Foo Fighters emerged from the ashes of Nirvana, but the band's true roots lay in the years of personal recordings made by leader Dave Grohl. The former Nirvana drummer had played guitar and written songs since he was a Washington, D.C., teenager, while also playing drums in several hardcore bands. At 17, Grohl became the drummer for the veteran punk act Scream. In 1990 he joined Nirvana, but continued to work on his own material during breaks from the road and studio. After finishing Nirvana's Nevermind, Grohl returned to D.C. to record several tracks, which were released on the cassette-only Pocketwatch. Plans for another cassette release were shelved with Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide. Later that year Grohl entered a studio with friend and producer Barrett Jones to record what would become the first Foo Fighters album. Grohl played all the instruments himself (with the exception of the song ‘X-Static,’ which featured guitar by {artist greg-dulli} of the Afghan Whigs). Though he had written and sung just one Nirvana song (the B-side ‘Marigold’), Grohl demonstrated a flair for pop hooks and driving guitar rock. (The name Foo Fighters came from what American World War II pilots called unidentified fireballs spotted over Germany.) ~ Rolling Stone: Foo Fighters ~ retrieved January 11, 2014 © Rolling Stone

The Foo Fighters ~ Awarded a 2012 Brit Award for Best International Group.

The Foo Fighters ~ Foo Fighters (1995) ~ #20 SPIN Albums Of The Year in 1995.



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