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Dave Grohl: A Brief History of Rock

Updated on January 12, 2014

Dave Grohl: A Brief History Of Rock

I've been told I look like Dave Grohl. I can't see the resemblance personally. Maybe its because we both have a face, and 2 arms. Conveniently enough he's also one of my favourite musicians ever, so I figured I'd make a brief history of his musical career. From being the drummer in one of the biggest bands in the world ever, to becoming the frontman of one of the biggest bands in the world ever. (it will get more exciting that this, I promise)

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Scream and the Early Years

Dave was born on January 14th, 1969. After teaching himself guitar and drums, and forming and joining various bands in High School, at 17 he auditioned to join the band Scream to replace their previous drummer. The next 4 years were spent touring and recording with the band, and features on 2 albums, 'No More Censorship' and 'Fumble'

Nirvana

When Scream were touring the West Coast, Dave was introduced to Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic by the Melvin's Buzz Aldridge. A few months later, Scream split up so Dave joined Nirvana as their new drummer. Nirvana had already released 'Bleach' a couple of years before, and had attracted major label interest off the back of it. The first few months of Dave's inclusion in the band was spent shopping major labels for a deal. Eventually they signed with DGC, and 'Nevermind' was released in September 1991, and has gone on to sell 30 million records worldwide.

During the 'Nevermind' period, Dave had noticed that his inclusion in the band had altered the sound that Nirvana had adopted on 'Bleach'. Although it was partly due to the influence of groups such as The Pixies on Kurt Cobain's songwriting, Dave felt that the change in sound was not necessarily a positive one. He refrained from introducing songs that he had written to the rest of the band, for fear of damaging their chemistry. Instead, he chose to record and self-release these songs on the 'Pocketwatch' cassette, going under the pseudonym 'Late!'

When recording 'In Utero', Dave contributed guitar parts to the song that would eventually become 'Scentless Apprentice'. Kurt wasn't too keen on the riffs, but was quoted as being excited at the possibility of Dave and bassist Novoselic contributing more to the songwriting. Before the band went on tour in 1994, Dave and Krist entered the studio to work on demos. Kurt was absent for most of the 3 day session, so Dave and Krist went on to work on songs that would eventually become Foo Fighters songs. On the final day, Nirvana recorded the song 'You Know You're Right'. Kurt Cobain committed suicide in April 1994, sigalling the end of Nirvana

Foo Fighters

It took Dave 6 months after Kurt's death before he entered the studio to work on a new project. He quickly nailed down a 15-track demo album, playing every instrument and recorded part himself (with the exception of a single guitar part on the song 'X-Static') Around the same time, Grohl was searching for offers in other bands. He performed live drumming roles in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Pearl Jam. He was offered a solo contract with Capitol Records, but he declined. Instead, he recruited live Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear and ex-Sunny Day Real Estate band members, William Goldsmith and Nate Mendel to this new band, his 15 demos were given a professional mastering, and was released the the Foo Fighters' debut album in July 1995.

Sixteen years and several band member changes later, Foo Fighters had gone on to release 7 albums. The more recent, Wasting Light, was released in April 2011

Side Projects and Collaborations

Dave has been involved with a ridiculous amount of bands, and guested on even more. The more notable appearances are mentioned below:

+ Tenacious D

Dave played drums on both albums, 'Tenacious D', and 'Pick of Destiny' (the project between actors Jack Black and Kyle Gass), and guitar on several tracks on the first album. He even featured in the video to their single 'Tribute', and the movie 'The Pick Of Destiny', both times as the Devil

+Probot

Probot was Dave's 'heavy metal project'. He recorded several instrumental demos with specific genres of metal in mind (ie thrash metal, speed metal etc) in 2000. The album was released in 2003, featuring guest appearances by heavy metal legends such as Max Cavalera, Lemmy Kilmister, and King Diamond

+Them Crooked Vultures

Dave was join in Them Crooked Vultures by Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age, and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. To date they have released one album. The album has a very desert-rock appeal, not too dissimilar from the QOSTA album 'Songs For The Deaf'

+Nine Inch Nails

Dave contributes drums to several tracks on the album 'With Teeth'

+Queens Of The Stone Age

Dave contributes drums on the album 'Songs For The Deaf'

+Juliette And The Licks

Dave contributes all drums on the album 'Four On The Floor'

Other notable studio appearances include Killing Joke, Garbage, Slash, The Prodigy, David Bowie and Puff Daddy. He's even appeared on the Michael Jackson Track 'I Can't Make It Another Day' with Lenny Kravitz, which appears on the album 'Michael

The Ultimate Dave Grohl Playlist

This is my selection of the greatest tracks Dave Grohl has ever worked on!

And To Finish Off...

Possibly my favourite Dave Grohl video of all time!

So There You Go!

There's my brief history of one of Rock's brightest stars. I could have gone into more detail, but like I said, its only a brief history!! What's next? There's rumours of a new Them Crooked Vultures album in the pipeline, and Tenacious D are surely well overdue a new album. And Foo Fighters are still going from strength to strength, there's still an exciting and rocktastic future for the guy!

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      Alan Sharpe 2 years ago from Whitehouse, Texas

      Possibly the greatest man in music today. He just loves music and seems to be a really nice person too!

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      Dave Grohl is a legend. The Foo Fighters are what Nirvana should have been.

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      Satdin 5 years ago

      Well made lense created on a nice topic.

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      blinkreder 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! Nirvana is one of my favorite bands and Dave is a really great musician. Pretty cool learning how he's in so many albums.

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      GottaGreenBuzz 6 years ago

      Fun lens! Good luck!