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The Nicest Man in Rock Music (and also possibly the busiest)

"A lot of nice people in Rock, but he’s the nicest."
"Sometimes I get a bit unnerved by niceness because you think someone’s got an agenda, but I don’t think he’s got agenda. And if he has, he’s playing a long game with it."
Nick Hodgson & Ricky Wilson, from Kaiser Chiefs, describing Dave Grohl at 2011 NME Awards

"You guys, you realise they gave this to a drummer, right? Okay."
Dave Grohl, receiving the 2011 NME God-Like Genius Award

David Eric "Dave" Grohl (born January 14, 1969) is an American rock musician and multi-instrumentalist mainly known for his work with Nirvana and creating Foo Fighters, but also involved with a RIDICULOUS number of side projects.

Having spent his teenage years in hard working but little known hardcore punk bands, Grohl's first exposure to popular attention in the world of music was as the (last of several) drummer for Nirvana, one of the most influential bands of The '90s. However, Nirvana disbanded after the death of frontman Kurt Cobain. Grohl, knowing his perception in the public's mind as just another drummer, decided to start his own band, Foo Fighters, and is the creative force behind their output; almost every single noise on their first album was him, whether it was made by drums, guitar, bass or voice. He did not intend Foo Fighters to be a long term project and is on record stating that if he'd known it was going to last, he'd have chosen a better name. Nonetheless, the sub-optimally named band is still going strong after two decades. But Dave Grohl is also very busy with other stuff as well; while the discography below is somewhat exaggerated, it's not joking about how much he's in demand. Certain snarkers have even joked that the Rock Band video games should be retitled "Dave Grohl Band," considering that he is or has been involved in at least six of the contributing acts (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Nine Inch Nails, Tenacious D), which is more than basically everyone else on the planet. In fact, Rock Band 3 has an achievement with that very name, which you get by beating three songs on whose recording Grohl was involved.



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     Mission Impossible 
  • Getting Shit for Growing Up Different (1986)

     Dain Bramage 
  • I Scream Not Coming Down (1986)

  • No More Censorship (1988)
  • Live at Van Hall (1988)
  • Your Choice Live Series Vol.10 (1990)
  • Fumble (1993)
  • Live at the Black Cat (1998)

  • Nevermind (1991)
  • Hormoaning (1992)
  • Incesticide (1992)
  • In Utero (1993)
  • MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
  • Singles (1996)
  • From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (1996)
  • Nirvana (2002)
  • With the Lights Out (2004)
  • Sliver: The Best of the Box (2005)
  • Live at Reading (2009)
  • Icon (2010)

  • Pocketwatch (1992)
  • Neapolitan Metropolitan (1992)
  • Music From The Motion Picture Touch (1997)

     The Backbeat Band 
  • Music From The Motion Picture Backbeat (1994)

     The Melvins/King Buzzo 
  • King Buzzo (1995)

     The Stinky Puffs 
  • A Little Tiny Smelly Bit of The Stinky Puffs (1995)

     Foo Fighters 
  • Foo Fighters (1995)
  • Big Shiny Tunes (1996)
  • Triple J Hottest 100 Volume 3 (1996)
  • Songs in the Key of X: Music From and Inspired by The X-Files (1996)
  • The Colour and the Shape (1997)
  • Tibetan Freedom Concert (1997)
  • Music From The Dimension Motion Picture Scream 2 (1997)
  • Come Again (released in the United States in 1998 as Essential: Interpretations) (1997)
  • Godzilla: The Album (also known as Godzilla: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1998)
  • The X-Files: The Album (1998)
  • Steve Lamacq's Bootleg Session (also known as Melody Maker: Steve Lamacq's Bootleg Session) (1998)
  • Big Shiny Tunes 3 (1998)
  • Triple J Hottest 100 Volume 5 (1998)
  • Varsity Blues - Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture (1998)
  • MTV: The First 1000 Years: Rock (1999)
  • There Is Nothing Left to Lose (1999)
  • Music From And Inspired By Mission: Impossible II (2000)
  • Me, Myself & Irene - Music From The Motion Picture (2000)
  • Cold: Live at the Chapel (2000)
  • WAAF: Survive This! (2000)
  • 99X Live X 6 - Walk Unafraid (2000)
  • Triple J Hottest 100 Volume 7 (2000)
  • Triple J Hottest 100 Volume 8 (2001)
  • Music from the Motion Picture Out Cold (2001)
  • Orange County: The Soundtrack (2001)
  • One by One (2002)
  • Triple J Hottest 100 Volume 10 (2002)
  • Big Day Out Discrespective 1992-1997 / 1999-2002 The Best Of The Main Stages (2002)
  • Big Day Out 03 (2002)
  • Rock Against Bush, Vol. 2 (2004)
  • Little Steven's Underground Garage Presents: CBGB Forever (2005)
  • In Your Honor (2005)
  • Five Songs and a Cover (2005)
  • Radio 1's Live Lounge (2006)
  • Skin and Bones (2006)
  • Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (2007)
  • The Colour and the Shape 10th Anniversary Special Edition (2007)
  • Radio 1: Established 1967 (2007)
  • Catch and Release - Music From The Motion Picture (2007)
  • Let It Die (2008)
  • Greatest Hits (2009)
  • ...Featuring (2010)
  • Wasting Light (2011)
  • Medium Rare (2011)
  • Thor: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2011)
  • Real Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2011)
  • iTunes Festival: London 2011 (2011)

     Harlingtox A.D. 
  • Harlingtox Angel Divine (1996)

     Puff Daddy 
  • No Way Out (1997)

     Dave Grohl 
  • The World Premiere Of Godzilla The Album (1998)
  • Rising Son - The Legend Of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi: Music Inspired By The Film (2006)

  • Earthlings? (1998)
  • Human Beans (2000)

     Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 

  • Into The Pink (1999)

     Reeves Gabrels 
  • Ulysses (Della Notte) (2000)

     Mx Px 
  • The Ever Passing Moment (2000)

     Tony Iommi 
  • Iommi (2000)

     Tenacious D 
  • Tenacious D (2001)
  • The Pick of Destiny (2006)

     David Bowie 
  • Heathen (2002)

     Queens of the Stone Age 

     Cat Power 
  • You Are Free (2003)

     Killing Joke 
  • Killing Joke (2003)

     The Bangles 
  • Doll Revolution (2003)

  • Probot (2004)

  • Bleed Like Me (2005)

     Nine Inch Nails 
  • With Teeth (2005)

     Rye Coalition 
  • Chariots on Fire (2006)
  • Curses (2006)

     Pete Yorn 
  • Nightcrawler (2006)

     Juliette and the Licks 
  • Four on the Floor (2007)

     Jackson United 
  • Harmony and Dissidence (2008)

     Lemmy Kilmister 
  • We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year (2008)

     The Prodigy 
  • Invaders Must Die (2009)

     Them Crooked Vultures 
  • Them Crooked Vultures (2009)

  • Slash (2010)

     Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders 
  • Red Light Fever (2010)

     Mondo Generator 
  • Dog Food (2010)

     Michael Jackson 
  • Michael (2010)

     Zac Brown Band 
  • The Grohl Sessions, Vol. 1 (2013)


  • Alternative Rock
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Is well known for behaving like, well, Animal from The Muppet Show when he drums. To the point where he and Animal himself have a drum-off. Ironically, Grohl has always claimed that his drumming ability is nothing special, even saying that Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins is far more talented than he is. It's thought that a lot of the attention given to Grohl's playing in Nirvana came from the fact that it was the first time the vast majority of people heard hardcore-style drumming.
  • Doom Metal
  • Doting Parent: To his three daughters. After the 2012 Grammys when he was asked how he stays so grounded, and his response was having kids who "don't fucking care that [I'm] a rockstar" and "don't give a shit" that he's in the Foo Fighters, and say stuff like "Daddy, I need a smoothie. Now." to which Dave responds "Okaaay..."
  • Fun Personified
  • Genre Roulette / Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: His variety of styles is impressive.
  • Grunge
  • Heavy Metal: His Probot side project was Dave writing metal songs in the styles of all his favorite bands from when he was growing up, and then asking those singers to participate. Not a single one turned him down.
  • I Have Many Names
  • I Am the Band: The first Foo Fighters album. Probot also has him playing almost all the instruments, with the exception of lead guitar on two songs (courtesy of Kim Thayil), and bass on two others (from famous singer-bassists Cronos and Lemmy).
  • Must Have Caffeine: The famous FRESH POTS incident, which actually landed him in the hospital at one point.
  • Nice Guy: So much his nickname is "the nicest man in rock n' roll". Many fans have stories about him that show his humility, friendliness and generosity.
  • One-Book Author: A few of his side projects.
  • Rockumentary: Not only has he appeared in several, most prominently Back and Forth (2011), he is also the director of the award winning and critically acclaimed Sound City (2013)
  • Supergroup: Them Crooked Vultures. Probot is also a collaboration with many notable singers.
  • Thrash Metal


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