Basic Background Info

Birth: January 14, 1969
Location: Warren, Ohio
Band: Nirvana, Foo Fighters
Genres: Rock, Alternative
Instruments: Drums, Guitar
Occupation: Musician, Composer, Producer



Born in Ohio, David Eric Grohl grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Springfield, Virginia, with his mother and older sister. Dave Grohl created his first band when he was ten years old; Dave played a one-string guitar and his friend banged on pots and pans. Shortly thereafter, Dave started taking guitar lessons and recording himself on a boom box.

After attending his first punk rock concert in 1982, Dave dove headfirst into punk. Dissatisfied with the drummer in his high school punk band Freak Baby, Dave taught himself to play the drums.

Dave then drummed with several punk, hardcore, and alternative bands in the Washington area. He dropped out of high school to play with Scream for four years, touring extensively and recording live and studio albums. After Scream disbanded, Dave joined Seattle alternative band Nirvana with Curt Cobain and Krist Novoselic.

Nirvana's second album (Dave's first with the band), Nevermind, catapulted the grunge band to worldwide success. As he spent more time with the band, Dave contributed songwriting and occasionally played guitar.

After Cobain's unexpected death in the spring of 1994, Dave recorded a solo demo, playing all the instruments himself. During this time he played with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Pearl Jam a couple times. When several major record labels expressed interest in his demos, Dave recruited Pat Smear, William Goldsmith, and Nate Mendel and they created Foo Fighters.

Foo Figthers' second album, The Coulour and the Shape, guaranteed the band's popularity. They toured extensively and underwent several personnel changes. Despite a busy schedule, Dave frequently worked on solo and side projects. For instance, in 2002, he recorded Songs for the Deaf with Queens of the Stone Age. His metal project, Probot, featured Lemmy (Motorhead), Conrad Lant (Venom), King Diamond, and Max Cavalera (Sepultura). He also drummed with Tony Iommi, Tenacious D, Chan Marshall (Cat Power), Nine Inch Nails, Garbage, Juliette and the Licks, and Pete Yorn.

Foo Fighters collaborated with John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), and Norah Jones on their fifth album, In Your Honor. Their sixth album, Echoes, Silences, Patience & Grace was released in late 2007. They toured supporting the album in 2008.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1991 Nevermind Nirvana
1992 Come as You Are Nirvana
1992 Hormoaning Nirvana
1992 In Bloom Nirvana
1992 Incesticide Nirvana
1992 Lithium Nirvana
1992 Oh the Guilt/Puss Nirvana/Jesus Lizard
1993 All Apologies Nirvana
1993 First Night Nirvana
1993 Fumble/Banging the Drum Scream
1993 Heart Shaped Box Nirvana
1993 In Utero Nirvana
1993 Legacy of Noise Nirvana
1993 Meltdown Nirvana
1994 About a Girl Nirvana
1994 Backbeat Original Soundtrack
1994 Eternal Legacy Nirvana
1994 Limited Single Rare Tracks Nirvana
1994 Live Tonight Sold Out Nirvana
1994 MTV Unplugged in New York Nirvana
1994 Roma Nirvana
1994 XXII MCMXCIV Nirvana
1995 Ball-Hog or Tugboat? Mike Watt
1995 En Espanol Nirvana
1995 Foo Fighters Foo Fighters
1995 Little Tiny Smelly Bit The Stinky Puffs
1995 Outcesticide III: The Final Solution Nirvana
1995 Trick or Treat Nirvana
1996 Box Set Nirvana
1996 From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah Nirvana
1996 Harlingtox Angel Divine Harlingtox A.D.
1996 Incesticide/Bleach Nirvana
1996 Singles Nirvana
1997 Been Around the World Puff Daddy & the Family
1997 Colour and the Shape Foo Fighters
1997 Tibetan Freedom Concert Various Artists
1997 Touch Original Soundtrack
1998 Earthlings? The Earthlings
1998 For the Rest of Us John Thing Doe
1998 Hell City, Hell Various Artists
1998 Live at the Black Cat: 12/26/1996, Washington, DC Scream
1998 Live in Austin, Texas (October 21, 1991) Nirvana
1999 Fox Sports Presents: Game Time! Various Artists
1999 Into the Pink Verbena
1999 Ulysses (Della Notte) Reeves Gabrels
2000 Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows Original Soundtrack
2000 Ever Passing Moment MxPx
2000 Iommi Tony Iommi
2001 Tenacious D Tenacious D
2002 Capitol Records 1942-2002 Various Artists
2002 Heathen David Bowie
2002 MTV2 Handpicked Various Artists
2002 Nirvana Nirvana
2002 Songs for the Deaf Queens of the Stone Age
2003 Doll Revolution The Bangles
2003 Killing Joke Killing Joke
2003 One by One Foo Fighters
2004 Honky Mofo Honky Mofo
2004 MTV2 Headbangers Ball, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2004 Probot Probot
2004 With the Lights Out Nirvana
2005 Bleed Like Me Garbage
2005 In Your Honor Foo Fighters
2005 Inside Nirvana: An Independent Critical Review Nirvana
2005 Over the Years and Through the Woods Queens of the Stone Age
2005 Sliver: The Best of the Box Nirvana
2006 Curses Rye Coalition
2006 DFA Remixes: Chapter Two The DFA
2006 Nightcrawler Pete Yorn
2006 Pick of Destiny Tenacious D
2006 Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi Original Soundtrack
2006 Skin and Bones Foo Fighters
2007 David Bowie David Bowie
2007 Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace Foo Fighters
2008 Live at Wembley Stadium Foo Fighters
2008 Live at Montreux 1991 & 1992 Tori Amos
2009 Times Like These Albin Myers
2009 Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures
2009 Live at Reading Nirvana
2009 Greatest Hits Foo Fighters
2010 Slash Slash
2010 Michael Michael Jackson
2010 Never Stop The Bad Plus
2010 ...Featuring Norah Jones Norah Jones
2011 Young Adult (Moive Soundtrack) Young Adult
2011 Wasting Light Foo Fighters
2011 The Muppets (Movie Soundtrack) The Muppets
2012 Rise of the Fenix  Tenacious D
2013 Wrote a Song for Everyone John Fogerty
2013 The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 Zac Brown Band


  • Dave and his wife at the time, Jennifer Youngblood, appeared in an episode of the X-Files during the showís third season.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Tama
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Tama

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