The name Dave Grohl shouldn’t be unheard of for hardcore fans of rock music. He is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, director, and producer who rose to prominence as the drummer of 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 the dissolution of Nirvana. Dave Grohl has played with other popular acts and bands like Zac Brown Band, David Bowie, and Paul McCartney. Here are other details you should know about his life and career.
How It All Began For The American Rock Star
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. He further showed his passion 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 addiction to cannabis, his mom, whom he grew up with after the divorce, frequently moved him between schools. At these schools, Grohl played in multiple local bands (he played the drums in one of those bands).
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.
Breakthrough With Nirvana
Scream was 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.
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 failed gradually as a result of substance addiction, he became depressed and often distanced himself from his bandmates. Subsequently, he took his own life.
Dave Grohl 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 on 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). 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 earned top dollar from touring. Their Sonic Highways World Tour (2014-2016) in support of their 8th studio album grossed tens of millions of dollars, earning the band $48.5 million. After he broke his leg in one of the shows in June 2015, Grohl canceled the tour but resumed still with a broken leg, performing from a custom-made throne. And apparently, the fans still loved it.
Most Acclaimed Works of Dave Grohl
Described as a jack of all trade and master of many in the music scene, Dave has achieved a lot in his career thus far. Almost all his works are great in their own rights but there are some even greater.
1. Nevermind (DGC, 1991) – Nirvana
This is probably the best work of Dave as many years later, it still remains popular. The album replaced Michael Jackson‘s Dangerous album at number 1 on the Billboard 200. With the band’s hit song Smell Like Teen Spirit, it went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide, receiving Diamond certification from the RIAA.
2. The Colour And The Shape (Roswell, 1997) – Foo Fighters
The album reached number 10 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Coming as the second album of Foo Fighters, it gained overwhelming success in countries like the United States, the UK, Canada, and Australia and was certified platinum in all the countries.
3. There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999) – Foo Fighters
This is among the best works of Dave Grohl. The third album of the band, it became the first with which they would land a Grammy having won the Best Rock Album in 2001. It was certified 2 platinum in Australia, as well as platinum in the U.S, U.K, and Canada.
4. Wasting Light (2011) – Foo Fighters
This album debuted at number one in up to 11 countries and was certified gold in 7 countries, platinum in 3 countries, and double platinum in 2 countries. It got 5 Grammy nominations and ended up winning 4 including the Best Rock Album.
A Look into His Failed Marriage and Family Life
Standing at an impressive height of 6 feet, Dave Grohl has been married twice so far.
His first marriage was to Jennifer Youngblood, a photographer he met in 1993. At the time, he revealed that she was the best thing to have happened to him even though she was a weirdo. Their paths first paths crossed when the singer was on tour with the Nirvana band.
The two did not date for a long time before they decided to walk down the aisle in 1994. At first, the couple seemed perfect together and very much in love. They made a Cameo appearance in an episode of X-File’s third season in 1996. Unfortunately, they announced their separation by the end of that same year, and then in 1997, they were divorced.
The reason behind the failed marriage is said to be their rush into tying the knot when they were still quite young and probably not yet ready. More so, the marriage which was only a few months after the death of his bandmate and close friend, Kurt Cobain was said to be rushed in order to find a way out of the pain of the loss. There were also rumors that the rockstar’s infidelity also had something to do with the failed marriage.
The next time Dave Grohl would get married again was in 2003, when he tied the knot to his current wife, Jordyn Blum, a TV producer. The couple first met at a bar in 2001 in West Hollywood, California. After the American musician first approached Jordyn, she was hesitant but later decided to give it a try.
The family of Dave Grohl is complete with three kids; Violet Maye Grohl who was born in 2006, Harper Willow Grohl who was born in 2011, and then Ophelia Grohl who was born in 2014. He had all his kids with his second wife.
Dave Grohl is a Rich Man
Thanks to over 30 million records sold and countless sold-out concerts, the nicest guy in rock, as he’s fondly called, has an estimated net worth of $280 million.
He also has cars and properties including a 3,088 sq ft luxury beachfront property which he bought in California in 2006. He got the property for the sum of $3.78 million. After nearly a decade of owning the four-bedroom exotic house, Dave put it up for sale at a lower price of $3.25 million. Reports have it that the bid went further low – over $700,000 loss.