Dave Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, director and producer. Grohl rose to prominence as the drummer for the Kurt Cobain-led grunge band Nirvana. He continued his musical success with his own band Foo Fighters founded shortly after the death of Kurt Cobain and dissolution of Nirvana.
Dave Grohl has played for other popular acts and bands like Zac Brown Band, David Bowie and Paul McCartney. Thanks to over 30 million records sold and countless sold-out concerts played, the nicest guy in rock, as he’s fondly called, has an estimated net worth of $280 million.
Dave Grohl Net Worth: How He Began
David Eric Grohl was born on January 14, 1969 in Warren, Ohio. When he was still a kid, his family moved to Springfield, Virginia. His parents divorced when he was just 7. At the age of 12, Grohl picked up a new interest- guitar. He immediately began taking guitar lessons and soon taught himself how to play. His love for the instrument was solidified during a summer holiday with his cousin in Evanston, Illinois when he attended numerous concerts by bands including Naked Raygun.
The holidays ended and Grohl returned to Virginia where he was a freshman at Thomas Jefferson High School. As a result of his cannabis addiction, his mom whom he grew up with after the divorce frequently moved him between schools. At these schools, Grohl played in multiple local bands. In one of those bands, he began playing the drums.
Grohl’s love for music soon overshadowed his academics and he dropped out in the 11th grade at the age of 17 to join the D.C-based hardcore punk band Scream as a drummer. Grohl played and toured extensively with Scream for four years between 1986 and 1990.
Dave Grohl Net Worth: Breakthrough With Nirvana
Scream disbanded in 1990, however, Grohl’s time with them was enough to attract him other opportunities. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana had watched Grohl/Scream play in 1990, so when Nirvana was in need of a drummer, a mutual friend named Buzz Osborne of the Melvins introduced Grohl to Cobain and after an impressive audition, Grohl became Nirvana’s drummer.
Though Nirvana had been active since 1987, the band came to its peak immediately after Grohl’s addition in 1990. The band’s single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” released in 1991 became an instant hit and propelled the band and the alternative rock genre to mainstream success. The single which reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 remained Nirvana’s biggest hit. It was succeeded by the album “Nevermind” which replaced Michael Jackson‘s album Dangerous album at number 1 on the Billboard 200. The album went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide, receiving Diamond certification from the RIAA.
Nirvana who previously played at clubs began to play at large sold-out venues, earning much more from touring. The band followed their success with a second album “In Utero” (1993) which debuted atop the Billboard 200 and sold over 15 million copies.
However, as the band’s success increased, Cobain’s health decreased as a result of substance addiction, he became depressed and often distanced himself from his band mates. Subsequently, Cobain took his own life.
Dave Grohl Net Worth: Continued Fame With Foo Fighters
Following Cobain’s death, Grohl dealt with the pain by making a lot of music. He recorded a 15 track demo where he sang and performed all instruments in all but one song.
Grohl’s demo track then caught the attention of many record labels who thought the demo was performed by a full band. He signed with Capitol Records and recruited other members to form the band Foo Fighters. He released a professionally mixed version of the demo tracks as the band’s debut self-titled album.
The album enjoyed much success and charted in many countries, selling over 1 million copies worldwide.
The Foo Fighter’s followed up with the release of “The Colour and the Shape” (1997) which reached number 10 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Their third studio album “There Is Nothing Left to Lose” (1999) brought them their first Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. The band won the same award for their next three studio albums. In total, the Foo Fighters have won at least 10 Grammy Awards. Their albums have sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
Foo Fighters like other rock bands earn top dollar from touring. Their Sonic Highways World Tour (2014-2016) in support of their 8th studio album grossed tens of millions and earned the band $48.5 million. After he broke his leg in one of the shows in June 2015, Grohl cancelled the tour but resumed still with a broken leg, performing from a custom-made throne. And apparently, the fans still loved it.
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