Dave Grohl has a net worth of $320 million dollars and is an American rock musician, singer, songwriter, and director. He is best known as the Foo Fighters frontman and guitarist, as well as the former drummer of Nirvana.
avid Eric Grohl was born in Warren, Ohio, on January 14, 1969. Lisa, his older sister, is his only sibling. When he was a child, his family relocated to Springfield, Virginia. When he was seven years old, his parents, Virginia and James, divorced.
Dave and his sister were raised by his mother. Dave began playing the guitar when he was 12 years old. He became dissatisfied with traditional lessons and decided to teach himself how to play.
Dave and Lisa spent the summer of his 13th year in Chicago with their cousin Tracy. That summer, Tracy introduced Dave and Lisa to punk rock. His first show was with Naked Raygun at Chicago’s legendary Cubby Bear bar in 1982. He was 13 years old at the time.
At Thomas Jefferon High School, he was the vice president of his freshman class. When his mother discovered he was smoking marijuana, she enrolled him at Bishop Ireton High School. In high school, he was a member of several local bands. He taught himself to play the drums as well.
Grohl, then 16, joined Dain Bramage, a hardcore punk band, in December 1985. Grohl left to join a local band called Scream in March 1987, and the band disbanded. Scream was already a well-known punk band on the road. Dave was a decade younger than the rest of the band.
When Grohl was 17, he auditioned to be the drummer for the popular Washington, D.C. punk rock band Scream. He lied about his age to get the audition, and when he was offered the job, he was taken aback.
During his junior year of high school, he dropped out. He toured with the band and recorded two studio albums and a couple of live albums during his time with them. While playing drums for Scream, he became friends with Buzz Osborne of the Melvins.
Osbourn went to see Scream with his friends Kurt Cobain and Kris Novoselic one night. Around the same time that Scream disbanded, Cobain and Novoselic’s band Nirvana was looking for a new drummer.
Osbourne told Grohl that Nirvana was looking for a drummer and gave him the phone numbers of Cobain and Novoselic. Grohl was invited to audition for the band in Seattle. After that, the rest is history.
The band went to Sound City Studios in Los Angeles in the spring of 1991 to record “Nevermind” (as seen in Grohl’s 2013 documentary Sound City).
When it was released in 1991, “Nevermind” exceeded all expectations and became a worldwide commercial success.
Dave spent six days recording music on his own after Kurt Cobain died in 1994 and Nirvana disbanded, trying to distract himself from the pain. He played and recorded all of the instruments on the tracks himself.
When he was finished, he made 100 cassette tapes and distributed them to his friends. He didn’t want his name to be associated with those songs, so he went by the name Foo Fighters.
One of those tapes ended up in the hands of a Capitol Records executive, who immediately signed Dave, believing the songs were written by a full band.
This process gave birth to the Foo Fighters, who have gone on to have a very successful musical career. Grohl has nine studio albums with Foo Fighters to his credit. The band has sold tens of millions of albums around the world and has received numerous Grammy awards.
Grohl has also made guest appearances with Queens of the Stone Age and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, among others.
Dave Grohl has also worked on a number of other projects, including collaborations with musicians such as Tenacious D, Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke, David Bowie, and Paul McCartney.
Dave is widely regarded as one of the nicest and most down-to-earth celebrities in the world, despite his status as one of the most successful musicians of all time.
Grohl was revealed to be recording as Them Crooked Vultures with Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and John Paul Jones in July 2009.
On August 9, 2009, the trio performed their first show together at Metro in Chicago. On August 26, 2009, the band made their first appearance in the United Kingdom, with a surprise appearance at Brixton Academy in London.
In the fall of 2009, the band released their debut album, Them Crooked Vultures.
Since 1992, Grohl has appeared on Saturday Night Live 13 times, more than any other musician. Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, and the Heartbreakers have all performed with him.
Grohl produced and directed (his directorial debut) a documentary about the history of Van Nuys, California’s legendary recording studio Sound City in 2013.
Grohl directed HBO’s documentary miniseries Sonic Highways in 2014. It was released in conjunction with the Foo Fighters’ eighth studio album.
“A love letter to the history of American music,” Grohl said of the project.
Through a series of interviews with Grohl, each of the eight episodes is presented as an exploration of the musical history of a different American city.
Grohl announced in early 2020 that he was filming a new documentary about band van tours. Grohl explores the mindset that compels musicians to leave everything behind and spend several months touring the country in a tiny van, tentatively titled “What Drives Us.”
Grohl married Jennifer Leigh Youngblood, a photographer, in 1994. They divorced in 1997 after separating in December 1997.
He married Jordyn Blum on August 2, 2003. Violet Maye (born April 15, 2006), Harper Willow (born April 17, 2009), and Ophelia Saint (born April 17, 2009) are their three daughters (born August 1, 2014).
Grohl does not read music and instead performs entirely by ear.
David Letterman chose Grohl and the Foo Fighters to perform “Everlong” as the final musical guest on the final episode of Late Show with David Letterman on May 20, 2015.
Letterman stated that “Everlong” was his favourite song and that he and the band had been “joined at the hip” since the band cancelled tour dates at his request to play his first show back from heart bypass surgery.
Grohl and his family live in Encino, California, in a modest home. He is a fervent supporter of the San Fernando Valley.