From stage dives to behind the scenes, David Eric Grohl, born on January 14, 1969, is such a class act. The drummer, musician, and filmmaker began the journey to his celebrated career at 15 after joining the punk band, Freak Baby, and has become one of the most influential rock musicians in history. Grohl’s career soared after he joined Nirvana as a drummer as he was an intricate part of the success of the band’s second album, “Nevermind.” Years later, Grohl founded “Foo Fighters,” which recently got inducted into the “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Grohl is worth celebrating. So join us as we help him celebrate his special day right here!
David Eric Grohl
January 14, 1969
Dave Grohl does it all. He sings, plays the guitar, drums, bass, and is even behind the camera. This multi-decorated Grammy award winner is a household name in the music industry. Known for his ever-present smile and eccentricity, Grohl has the world in a chokehold with his music. On January 14, 1969, the legend was born to Virginia Jean and James Harper in Warren, Ohio. However, the Grohl family soon moved to Springfield, Virginia, where he was raised. Being a Capricorn of German, Irish and Slovak descent, in addition to having divorced parents by the age of seven, growing up couldn’t have been easy for Grohl. However, his interest in the guitar at age 12 provided a healthy outlet.
Although he was introduced to punk rock music by his cousin, Tracey, Grohl’s interest in the genre was born at a Naked Raygun concert in 1982. From then, he was hooked. While in high school, Grohl played for many local bands as a guitarist, including Freak Baby. Even as a guitarist, Grohl started learning to play drums by listening to punk rock and ‘rush.’ He later switched to the drummer of the same band. Several bands later, and as a high school junior dropout at age 17, Grohl started playing for Scream in 1986. He toured for four years with this band before its disbandment, and then Nirvana came along. In 1991, the band signed with DGC Records and produced “Nevermind.” This album shot Grohl to international stardom, however, Nirvana was short-lived after Kurt Cobain’s tragic death in April 1994. In 1995, after dealing with depression and recording a 15-track demo as the sole instrumentalist playing all parts, Grohl formed the band, the Foo Fighters, who went on to record 10 studio albums.
Grohl is a gifted multi-instrumentalist who has struggled with drug addiction, bereavement, and divorce. Grohl’s first marriage to Jeniffer Youngblood in 1994 was dissolved in 1997, and he married Jordyn Blum in 2003. The couple has three children together. Grohl has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice — first with Nirvana in April 2014 and then with the Foo Fighters in 2021. As a musician and a filmmaker, this superstar has received roughly 16 Grammy Awards. His list of accomplishments is endless. Grohl has created soundtracks for blockbuster movies, toured around the world, collaborated with the most extraordinary acts, graced magazine covers, made movies and documentaries, hosted live T.V. shows, and so much more.
After the vacancy created by Kent Stax, Grohl auditions to be the drummer for a local Washington, D.C band, Scream.
While playing for Scream, Grohl auditions to be the drummer for Nirvana and joins the band.
Under his pseudonym, Late, Grohl releases a cassette of his material under the indie label, Simple Machines.
After Cobain’s death, Grohl forms the Foo Fighters with Nirvana acts.
Grohl releases “Sound City,” which he directs and produces.
The band puts out “Medicine by Midnight,” which debuts at the number three spot on the Billboard 200.
Why We Love Dave Grohl
He advocates for L.G.B.T.Q. rights
Grohl believes in the equality of love and marriage. He has advocated for these rights since the 1990s.
He truly cares about people
From paying huge tips at bars to cooking for firefighters, writing notes to trapped miners, and stopping fights at his shows, Grohl is all about the people. He loves his fans.
He’s got a great sense of humor
Grohl is known for swearing, but he’s also pretty hilarious. His sense of humor is evident in his music videos, interviews, and shows.
5 Surprising Facts
Grohl idolizes John Bonham
He cites Bonham as his most significant influence and even has his three-rings symbol tattooed on his right shoulder.
He’s in a horror film
Grohl stars as himself alongside his Foo Fighters bandmates in “Studio 666,” a horror film scheduled for release on Feb 25, 2022.
He’s barely on social media
Grohl only has an Instagram account as he claims he doesn’t feel the need to be overly active on different platforms.
Grohl is very vocal
You might have caught some f-bombs here and there from the musical god, as he’s not one to shy away from profanity.
He has a short attention span
Although he looks pretty focused on stage, Grohl has a short attention span, as he’s frequently known to ‘spaz out.’
Dave Grohl FAQs
Was Dave Grohl kicked out of Nirvana?
Although Kurt Cobain, Nirvana’s frontman, considered replacing Grohl, this never happened. However, the band dissolved in 1994 after Cobain’s death.
Is Dave Grohl deaf?
Yes. Grohl describes himself as “virtually deaf.”
Where is Dave Grohl’s house?
Although the musical genius has multiple properties, he resides with his wife and three kids in their Los Angeles home.
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