American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter Dave Grohl was born on this day 14 January, in 1969. Currently the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter for Foo Fighters, He was also the former drummer for Nirvana and Scream, and is also the current drummer for Them Crooked Vultures. His musical career started At the age of seventeen, when he auditioned with local DC band Scream & was asked to join. Grohl dropped out of high school & Over the next four years, Grohl toured extensively with the band, and they recording a couple of live albums. Grohl also penned and sang vocals on the song “Gods Look Down”. While playing in Scream, Grohl became a fan of Melvins and eventually befriended the band. During a 1990 tour The Melvins’ Buzz Osborne took a couple of his friends, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic, to see the band. A few months later, Scream disbanded. Grohl called Osborne for advice, and the latter gave Grohl’s phone number to Krist Novoselic, who invited Grohl to Seattle. Grohl subsequently auditioned for Nirvana, and soon joined them full-time. At the time that Grohl joined Nirvana, the band had already recorded several demos for the follow-up to their debut album Bleach, They signed with DGC Records and entered the studio to record the album. Upon its release, NEVERMIND exceeded all expectations & , catapulted the band to worldwide stardom with songs like “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Grohl had been writing songs for several years, but declined to introduce them to the band for fear of damaging the band’s chemistry. Instead, Grohl compiled his songs and recorded them himself, releasing a cassette called Pocketwatch in 1992 on indie label Simple Machines. Grohl released the cassette under the pseudonym “Late!”. In the later years of Nirvana, Grohl’s songwriting contributions increased, Cobain overheard him working on a song called “Color Pictures of a Marigold”, and the two ended up working on it, the band released this version as a b-side on the “Heart-Shaped Box” single, titled simply “Marigold”. Grohl contributed the main guitar riff for “Scentless Apprentice”and the band recorded a demo of a song later named “You Know You’re Right” which was the band’s final studio recording.
Following Cobain’s untimely death in April 1994, Grohl retreated, unsure of where to go and what to do with himself. He recorded a fifteen-track demo. With the exception of a single guitar part on “X-Static” played by Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs, Grohl performed all of the instruments himself. , Grohl considered drumming for other bands andl took a brief turn with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Petty asked him to join permanently, but Grohl realized that his future lay elsewhere, and declined the invitation. Grohl’s name was also rumored as a possible replacement for Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese, and Grohl even performed with the band for a song or two at three shows during Pearl Jam’s March 1995 Australian tour. However, by then, Pearl Jam had already settled on ex- Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer, Jack Irons, and Grohl had other solo plans in the works. Grohl then made a Demo tape which created considerable major label interest. However he did not want the effort to be considered the start of a solo career so he recruited other band members: former Germs and touring Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear, and two members of the band Sunny Day Real Estate, William Goldsmith (drums) and Nate Mendel (bass). Rather than re-record the album, Grohl’s demo was given a professional mix and was released in July 1995 as Foo Fighters’ debut album. After touring for more than a year, Grohl returned home and began work on the soundtrack to the 1997 movie Touch. Grohl performed all of the instruments and vocals himself, save for vocals from Veruca Salt singer Louise Post on the title track, and vocals and guitar by X’s John Doe on “This Loving Thing (Lynn’s Song)”. In the midst of the initial sessions for Foo Fighters’ second album, tension emerged between Grohl and Goldsmith. After which Goldsmith officially announced his departure from the band. The band’s second album, The Colour and the Shape,was released in 1997 and spawned hits, including “Everlong“, “My Hero“, and “Monkey Wrench“.
Just prior to the album’s release, former Alanis Morissette drummer Taylor Hawkins joined the band on drums, he was joined by Grohl’s former Scream bandmate Franz Stahl. In 2000, the band recruited Queen guitarist Brian May to add some guitar flourish to a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar”. The friendship between the two bands resulted in Grohl and Taylor Hawkins being asked to induct Queen into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Grohl and Hawkins joined May and Queen drummer Roger Taylor to perform “Tie Your Mother Down”, with Grohl standing in on vocals for Freddie Mercury. (May later contributed guitar work for the song “Tired of You” on the ensuing Foo Fighters album, as well as on an unreleased Foo Fighters song called “Knucklehead”.)Foo Fighters returned to the studio to work on their fourth album “One by One” in 2001. After which, Grohl accepted an invitation to join Queens of the Stone Age and helped them to record their 2002 album Songs for the Deaf. On November 23, 2002, Grohl achieved a historical milestone by replacing himself on the top of the Billboard Modern Rock chart, when “You Know You’re Right” by Nirvana was replaced by “All My Life” by Foo Fighters. When “All My Life” ended its run, after a one week respite, “No One Knows” by Queens of the Stone Age took the number one spot. Between October 26, 2002 and March 1, 2003 Grohl was in the number one spot on the Modern Rock charts for 17 of 18 successive weeks, as a member of three different groups.In 2005 Foo Fighters released their fifth album In Your Honor Featuring collaborations with John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Norah Jones. the album was a departure from previous efforts, and included one rock and one acoustic disc
Foo Fighters’s sixth studio album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace was released on September 25, 2007. and spawned three singles “The Pretender”, “Long Road to Ruin” and “Let It Die”. On November 3, 2009 Foo Fighters released their first Greatest Hits collection, consisting of 16 tracks including a previously unreleased acoustic version of “Everlong” and two new tracks “Wheels” and “Word Forward” which were produced by Nevermind’s producer Butch Vig. The Foo Fighters’ latest studio album, Wasting Light, was released in 2011, containing the single “Walk”. Grohl has also written all the music for his short-lived side projects Late! and Probot as well as being involved with Queens of the Stone Age. Furthermore, he has performed session work for a variety of musicians, including Garbage, Killing Joke, Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy, Slash, Juliette Lewis, Tenacious D and Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead).
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