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As drummer for Nirvana and founding member of the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl gave alternative rock its driving beat.
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On April 5, 1994, in the guest house behind his Seattle home, Kurt Cobain committed suicide.
The release of Nirvana's song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" became a humongous success in a very short period of time.
An inside look into the release and reception of Nirvana's third album, "In Utero."
After running away from home at an early age, Kurt Cobain found a friend in Krist Novoselic and the pair would go on to form the famed band, Nirvana.
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Cobain’s relationship with singer Courtney Love also put a strain on band relationships. Outside of the band, Grohl put together a solo project, recording a few tracks for a cassette-only release called Pocketwatch.
The band made one more studio album together, In Utero (1994). Rolling Stone called it “brilliant, corrosive, enraged and thoughtful, most of them all at once.” While Cobain handled the lyrics,
Novoselic and Grohl helped write the music for the track, “Scentless Apprentice.” Still Cobain was increasingly distant and became more depressed. He attempted suicide by taking a drug overdose in March 1994 in Rome while on a break during the band’s European tour. On April 6, 1994, Cobain killed himself at his home. After Cobain’s death, the remaining members of Nirvana won a Grammy Award for their live recording on MTV called Unplugged in New York (1994).
After Nirvana, Grohl formed the Foo Fighters. Initially, he was the entire band for its 1995 self-titled debut album, playing most of the instruments, singing the vocals, and using songs he had written while still with Nirvana. The recording earned positive reviews and spawned two modern rock hits, “This Is A Call” and “I’ll Stick Around,” as well as “Big Me,” which also did well on the top charts. When it came time to tour, Grohl brought along bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith (both formerly with Sunny Day Real Estate) and guitarist Pat Smear (who had been part of Nirvana’s final tour).
The first Foo Fighters album as a band, The Colour and the Shape, came out in 1997. By this time, Goldsmith had quit and was replaced by Taylor Hawkins. The album made it to the top ten of the album charts and featured such tracks as “Monkey Wrench,” “Everlong,” and “My Hero.” Repeating this feat with 1999’s There Is Nothing Left to Lose, the Foo Fighters won their first Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2000. The album had one breakaway single in “Learn to Fly,” and the video for the song won the group their first Grammy Award in 2000 for Best Short Form Music Video.
By 2002, Chris Shiflett was the group’s lead guitarist. For a short time, Franz Stahl from Scream filled in for Smear after he had left the band. Their song, “All My Life” from One by One did well on the pop and rock charts and earned a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance that year. The next year the entire recording won for Best Rock Album.
Their album Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace, came out in the fall of 2007. “The band has taken everything it’s done best, from giddy power pop . . . to country-tinged musings . . . to wistful acoustic ballads . . . and brought it to the next level,” according to a review in Entertainment Weekly. The band went on an extensive tour to promote the record.
In 2011 the band released Wasting Light.
Outside of music, Grohl is a devoted father and husband. He has been married to television producer Jordyn Blum since 2003. The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Violet, in 2006. He was previously married to photographer Jennifer Youngblood.
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