Dave Grohl - Times Like These
No one outside of Dave Grohl's circle expected that the drummer for the ill-fated, but massively influential Nirvana, was also a world-class singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and businessman. But Dave Grohl had his future aspirations mapped out well before bursting the music scene wide open with Krist Novoselic and Kurt Cobain.
Dave Grohl The Ohio-born Grohl moved to Alexandria, Virginia as a child, where he took up drums and guitar, and eventually became immersed in the Washington, DC hardcore punk scene.
Eventually landing a drumming job with DC hardcore band “Scream” at age 17, Grohl’s future was unknowingly mapped out. His stint with Scream led to a friendship with “The Melvins”. The Melvin’s guitarist/singer, Buzz Osbourne, introduced Grohl to Novoselic and Cobain at a Scream show. When Scream broke up in 1990, Grohl called Novoselic and made arrangements to join Nirvana.
Nirvana’s “Nevermind” almost single-handedly changed the face and culture of music in 1991. While Grohl’s drumming was an integral part of the band’s sound, it was Cobain who was the driving songwriting force. Grohl continued to write and record demos of his own music, but more as an intellectual and artistic exercise, knowing that Cobain’s writing was the soul of Nirvana.
Although both Grohl and Novoselic considered Cobain to be the primary Nirvana songwriter, Cobain was more than happy to include them in the process. Nirvana worked on several of Grohl’s songs for subsequent recordings, including the Grohl inspired the b-side “Marigold”, “Scentless Apprentice” on “In Utero”, and “You Know You’re Right”, which was the band’s last studio recording.
Following Kurt Cobain’s untimely death in 1994, Grohl recorded a fifteen-song demo, for which he played all the instruments except for a guitar part on “X-Static”. Grohl’s demo attracted the attention of Capital Records, and scrambled to assemble a touring band, which he called “Foo Fighters”. Employing the talents of guitarist Pat Smear, William Goldsmith on drums, and Nate Mendel, with Grohl taking the vocal ad second guitar duties, the band toured extensively in support of the debut release.
The Foo’s second album, “The Colour and the Shape”, featured Grohl on drums again, with the rest of the band joining in. The record produced some of the Foo’s most memorable hits, “Everlong”, “My Hero”, and “Monkey Wrench”, but saw the departure of William Goldsmith from the band, unhappy with Grohl’s perfectionist attitude, and was promptly replaced by Taylor Hawkins. Smear left the band a year later, eventually replaced by Chris Shiflett. But Grohl’s propensity for excellence allowed the Foo Fighter’s to enjoy massive airplay and successful concerts around the globe.
Dave Grohl is Everywhere
In between touring and recording with the Foo Fighters, releasing 1999’s “There is Nothing Left to Lose”, 2002’s “One by One”, 2005’s “In Your Honor”, 2006’s “Skin and Bones”, and 2007’s “Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace”, Dave Grohl could be seen and heard on numerous broadcast and recording projects, and sitting in at live shows with other artists. Grohl seemed to be everywhere. From performing with Queen, recording with Queens of the Stone Age, a movie soundtrack for “Touch”, an appearance on “The X-Files”, and numerous other small projects.
Although the Foo Fighters went on hiatus shortly before the “Greatest Hits” album was released in 2009. Grohl insists that the best is yet to come, and if the past is any indication of the future of Dave Grohl, he’s probably right.