Kid Shares Heartwarming Story About Meeting Dave Grohl

It’s often said that you should never meet your heroes because you can end up severely disappointed. For a kid named Dylan, that couldn’t be further from the truth. He shared a heartwarming story on TikTok about the time he met Dave Grohl, and how awesome he was.

“This wasn’t just a celebrity, this was my idol,” Dylan said at the start of the video. He was once out to eat at a crab shack in Delaware with his family when he caught a glimpse of the Nirvana and Foo Fighters legend.

“I was in such disbelief that it kind of took me a while to realize who it was, but when I did, I was so overwhelmed that I just started crying and I buried my head in the table,” he continued.

He then heard his mother say to someone, “Oh don’t worry, he’s just a really big fan, he’s okay.”

Grohl patted Dylan on the back and then sat down with him and his family. The rocker spent about 20 minutes with them and then told Dylan to say goodbye to him before he left.

When Dylan was leaving the restaurant, he noticed a group of fans trying to meet and take pictures with Grohl, but the musician approached him once again and encouraged him to keep playing the guitar.

“Changed my life,” Dylan concluded, sharing a photo of him with his hero. Watch the full video below.

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Charity Raffle Has Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters + Muse Memorabilia

Big rock and metal acts such as Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters, Muse and more are chipping in to help live concert workers in the U.K. who have been affected by a lack of work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That means music fans can have a chance to win items such as a limited edition Iron Maiden guitar, signed Dave Grohl snare drum or a customized Matt Bellamy (Muse) axe. There are also prizes from Queen and Adam Lambert, Lindsey Buckingham, Mumford and Sons, and many more.

Spearheaded by the United Kingdom stage crew charity Stagehand and concert promoters David Stopps, Ian McAndrew and Tom Schroeder, the 2021 #ILoveLive campaign launched on U.K. crowdfunding outpost Crowdfunder this week (Feb. 17). A £5 minimum donation (roughly $7) grants entry into one prize draw each — as of this posting, the overall effort has so far raised £571,348.

It’s actually the second #ILoveLive campaign, following similar raffles launched last year that helped raise £546,000 (about $766,000) for unemployed stage crew. But because of the pandemic’s continued effect on tours and U.K. concert workers’ needs, Stagehand is doing it all over again.

“When I heard about the 10th suicide among stage crew in late August I knew I had to do something,” Stopps recently said, as reported by Louder. “Stage crew are not only suffering great financial hardship, but most are also experiencing mental ill-health. Money raised from these prize draws will actually save lives and help to safeguard their future.”

Added Crowdfunder’s Rob Love, “The #ILoveLive campaign on Crowdfunder is critical to supporting the ‘behind the scenes’ workers in the live music industry. Without roadies, there won’t be a live events industry, even when COVID restrictions are lifted. Crowdfunding is a way for communities to come together to support causes close to their heart, and this is a great example of how the music industry is pulling together to help each other in a time of need.”

See all the individual #ILoveLive prize contests currently going on at the campaign’s Crowdfunder site. All pledges must be in by March 17. See the complete list of what’s up for grabs below.

Stagehand #ILoveLive 2021 Concert Crew Charity Raffles:

– Iron Maiden Limited Edition Jackson Guitar
– Dave Grohl Signed DW Icon Snare Drum
– Muse Signed Manson Meta Series MBM-1 Guitar
– Queen and Adam Lambert Signed Memorabilia
– Queen and Adam Lambert VIP Concert Suite at the O2
– Lindsey Buckingham Rare Lane Moller Guitar
– Two Door Cinema Club Tourist History Gold Disc
– Mumford and Sons Signed Banjo
– Keane Maranello Guitar and Handwritten Lyrics
– Billy Bragg 1969 Gibson 335 Guitar
– Levellers Signed Original Carry Me EP Print
– Frank Turner Lifetime Guest List Passes
– Simple Minds’ Charlie Burchill Signed Guitar
– Spice Girls Original Union Jack Sofa
– Alfie Boe VIP Concert Tickets With Meet and Greet
– KT Tunstall Signed Guitar and Merchandise
– Jack Garratt Roland SPD-SX and Signed Lyrics
– Imelda May Signed Bodhran Drum
– Anastacia VIP Concert Tickets With Meet and Greet
– Idris Elba U.K. DJ Show VIP Evening
– Ewan MacColl Shirt and Peggy Seeger Lyrics

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The Songwriter Dave Grohl Keeps Dropping Into His Songs

Dave Grohl called former Husker Du frontman Bob Mould as one of the greatest songwriters in American history, equal to Tom Petty in influence.

The Foo Fighters leader said he made a point of dropping references to Mould’s material in his own songs, including a mention on his band’s latest album, Medicine at Midnight.

“Bob Mould should be placed in the highest ranks of America’s greatest songwriters and lyricists,” Grohl told Classic Rock in a recent interview. “You can argue that he’s just as influential in his own right as Tom Petty – he’s a classic American songwriter, only writing from a different place to most.”

He continued: “When I discovered punk rock in the early ’80s, there were bands that stood out because of their heaviness or speed or dissonance. But Husker Du, which was Bob Mould’s original band, had this sense of classic melody – it was almost like a punk rock band playing Byrds songs, which they actually did when they covered ‘Eight Miles High.’”

Grohl hailed Mould’s “entire sense of emotion, with beautiful melody, which could sometimes be countered with this anger and distortion that was really unusual at the time. … They were the first punk rock band that I listened to that had a double album – the [1984] Zen Arcade record, which went from breakneck thrash buzz-saw guitars to acoustic ballads.”

Explaining that he enjoyed heavy driving music but didn’t want to listen to it constantly, Grohl added that he “can hum a Minor Threat song, but I can sing a Husker Du song.”

He was comfortable with the idea that Mould’s influence was clear in his own music. “I reference Husker Du in a lot of lyrics – there’s even one reference on the new record,” Grohl said. “I like to drop little lines here and there.” He noted that he finally got to meet Mould around 10 years ago. “I said, ‘I just have to thank you, because I’ve really taken a lot from your music.’ And he said, ‘I know.’”

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Dave Grohl: Why I Turned Down Joining Tom Petty After Nirvana

There are forks in the road in many of our lives, but one such moment could have led Dave Grohl from being in the Rock Hall-nominated Foo Fighters to being part of the already inducted Rock Hall band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

In the aftermath of Nirvana, Dave Grohl received a call from Tom Petty’s management inviting the drummer to join them for a performance on Saturday Night Live. Petty had split with longtime drummer Stan Lynch and though Steve Ferrone had played on Petty’s 1994 Wildflowers album and would later permanently claim a spot in the group, there was an opening for Grohl to sit in with the band and perhaps even join.

Grohl confirmed the long-standing rumor that he’d been asked to join while making an appearance on SiriusXM’s Howard Stern Show (as seen below). “He was very cool, very low key and down to earth. He was really really cool,” said Grohl of his time spent with Petty.

He recalled, “We played SNL and afterwards he basically was like, ‘Man that was good and it’d be a shame if that’s the only time we do it.’ And then he called me at home and he was like, ‘If you want, here’s how we do it. You get your own bus and we don’t tour too hard and blah, blah, blah.’ He was explaining if you’re into it, come out and let’s do it for a little while.”

But Grohl was already working on demos that would turn into the Foo Fighters first album. “I had just started doing this thing and I just felt weird going back to the drums because it reminded me of being in Nirvana and it just would’ve been sad for me personally,” said Grohl. “It would’ve been an emotional thing to be behind the drumset every night and not have Kurt [Cobain] there, so I was like, ‘Nah, fuck it. I’m gonna try this other thing.”

In the midst of the discussion with Stern, Grohl also put a pin in the rumor he’d been asked to join Pearl Jam during that period as well. “I knew those guys but they never called me and asked me to play drums with them. I jammed with them once onstage in Australia, but no, they didn’t call.”

Grohl recently revisited “Honey Bee,” one of the songs he performed with Petty during that 1994 SNL appearance. This time, with his full band the Foo Fighters and singing and playing guitar instead of playing the drums, Grohl rocked through the track at SiriusXM’s “Garage” studio in Los Angeles providing a full circle moment.

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Why Dave Grohl Didn’t Abandon the Foo Fighters for Tom Petty

Dave Grohl has explained why he rejected an offer from Tom Petty to join the Heartbreakers after the success of a TV collaboration in 1994, instead pursuing his then-new Foo Fighters project.

Grohl was still struggling to deal with the recent death of Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain when he guested on drums on Saturday Night Live with Petty, performing “Honey Bee” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream.”

Petty followed with a phone call, Grohl recently told Howard Stern on SiriusXM. “I did Saturday Night Live with Tom Petty, and we had so much fun and we all got along so well,” Grohl said. “I was like, ‘Wait, why would it be me?’ … He could get like a world-class drummer, like any dude.” He described Petty as “very cool, low-key and down-to-Earth.”

Asked if he took the invitation to join the Heartbreakers seriously, Grohl said: “Yeah. We played SNL and afterwards, basically, he was like: ‘Man, that was good. It would be a shame if that’s the only time we do it.’ Then he called me at home, and he’s like, ‘Well, look, if you want, here’s how we’d do it: You get your own bus. We don’t tour too hard. … If you’re into it, let’s go out and do it for a little while.'”

There were at least two reasons to refuse. “I’d just started doing this thing,” Grohl said, referring to Foo Fighters. “And I just felt weird about going back just to the drums, because it would just have reminded me of being back in Nirvana. It would have been sad, for me personally. It would have been an emotional thing to be behind the drums every night and not have Kurt there. So I was like, ‘Nah, fuck it. I’m going to try this other thing.”

Grohl earlier refuted the suggestion that he was also invited to join Pearl Jam after Nirvana collapsed: “I don’t know where the Pearl Jam thing came from,” he said. “I knew those guys, but they never called and asked me to play drums with them. I jammed with them once on stage in like Australia or something like that – but no, they didn’t call.”

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Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear Sometimes Jam as Nirvana

Foo FightersDave Grohl and Pat Smear said that they periodically link up with former Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic and play as if they’re the iconic grunge band.

“Every once in a while, me and Krist and Dave get together and we do play as if we’re Nirvana,” Smear, the band’s touring guitarist from 1993-94 — told Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show on Thursday. Asked if he ever missed the group, Smear replied, “I don’t have to miss it — we do it. If we’re in the same town together or whatever, we’ll get together and jam.”

The trio most recently played together at the house where Foo Fighters tracked their latest album, the recently released Medicine at Midnight. After nodding in confirmation, Grohl added, “We actually recorded some stuff.”

Though they enjoy playing together, Grohl and Smear agreed that it’s too painful to revisit Nirvana’s music. Grohl did mention a memorable exception: After hearing the band’s “Come as You Are” on the radio during a car drive, he noticed his daughter knew all the lyrics: “I never played that record,” he said. “We don’t talk about Nirvana and stuff, and she was singing every word of the song. That, to me — that feels good.”

You can watch the interview below.

His daughter also asked about Nirvana’s late frontman, Kurt Cobain — specifically whether or not he was “shy” in real life. “It was interesting,” he said. “It was really the first time she started really asking me questions about Kurt. It was a first. And it was great.”

Foo Fighters — who are nominated for the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — also played a three-song set during their Howard Stern Show appearance, including a tribute to the late Leslie West by covering Mountain‘s “Mississippi Queen.”

Watch the interview and performance below.

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Dave Grohl, Pat Smear + Krist Novoselic Still Jam Nirvana Songs

Foo Fighters have been reluctant to revisit Nirvana material live over the years, saving it for only truly special occasions. But that doesn’t mean that the living members of Nirvana haven’t revisited their past work without an audience.

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s Howard Stern Show, Foo Fighters guitarist and Nirvana alum Pat Smear revealed, “Every once in a while me and Krist and Dave get together and we do play as if we’re Nirvana, so I don’t have to miss it. We do it. If we’re in the same town together or whatever, let’s get together and jam.”

Grohl revealed that they had recent taped one of their jam sessions that occurred at the house where the Foo Fighters had been recording their Medicine at Midnight album and brief soundless footage can be seen in the video of the interview below.

Despite the occasional jam sessions, Nirvana remains a subject not easy to breach for either musician. They both address that it’s too painful to revisit listening to the old records. “It just makes me sad,” said Smear.

But given Nirvana’s popularity, it’s often hard to completely avoid the music. Grohl recalled, “There are times where you’re driving in a car and a song will come on. Last night, my daughter Harper, she’s 11, she says, ‘Dad, can we just go drive around?’ We just drove around, drove around in Hollywood, and ‘Come as You Are’ came on the radio and she started singing. She sang every word.”

Grohl added, “I never played that record. We don’t talk about Nirvana and stuff, and she’s singing every word of the song. That, to me, that feels good.”

He added that Harper just started asking about his time in the band. “It was a trip,” Dave said. “She wanted to know if Kurt was shy, I think. I said, ‘Yeah, he kind of was.’”

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Dave Grohl and Quincy Jones Sign Up to Help Restart Live Music

The National Independent Venue Association named Dave Grohl and Quincy Jones among a new advisory board with the mission of helping the industry return from coronavirus lockdown.

NIVA, formed at the beginning of the pandemic, represents the interests of live venues that were “the first to close” and will be “the last to reopen” as a result of social-distancing legislation. While it’s still not known how long it will take for vaccination programs to allow a full-scale return to live performances, it’s thought to likely take place before the end of the year.

“Advisory board members will share their diverse knowledge and professional expertise in streaming, ticketing, management and more to help NIVA and its members navigate through the remainder of this pandemic and rebuild the live entertainment ecosystem in a transparent, diverse and inclusive way,” the organization said in a statement, naming a wide range of board members.

In an article for The Atlantic in May 2020, Grohl wrote: “I know that those of us who don’t have to work in hospitals or deliver packages are the lucky ones, but still, I’m hungry for a big old plate of sweaty, ear-shredding, live rock ‘n’ roll ASAP. … There is nothing like the energy and atmosphere of live music. It is the most life-affirming experience, to see your favorite performer onstage, in the flesh, rather than as a one-dimensional image glowing in your lap as you spiral down a midnight YouTube wormhole.”

He noted that he has “shared my music, my words, my life with the people who come to our shows. And they have shared their voices with me. Without that audience — that screaming, sweating audience — my songs would only be sound. But together, we are instruments in a sonic cathedral, one that we build together night after night. And one that we will surely build again.”

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How the Police Helped Foo Fighters Get Their Name

Dave Grohl explained how the Police helped him choose a name for Foo Fighters and suggested it made drummer Stewart Copeland the ideal person to induct his band into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Foo Fighters were recently named among the candidates for the class of 2021. While it’s not certain they’ll win entry, Grohl told Howard Stern on SiriusXM that he’d enjoy the experience.

Asked about who might convey the honor, he said: “This band started with this demo tape that I did. … I went into the studio for five days, I played all the instruments, I recorded 13 or 14 songs – just for fun. I made cassettes, and I called it ‘Foo Fighters’ because I didn’t really want everyone to know it was me. I thought maybe if I give someone a cassette, maybe they think it’s a band, they’ll be surprised when they find out it was just one person and that it was me. Coming out of Nirvana, I didn’t want to, like, say, ‘Hey, I got a solo project!’ So I called it Foo Fighters.”

You can listen to the interview below.

Grohl had come up with the approach after remembering a childhood experience. “When I was young, someone gave me a record by an artist named Klark Kent,” he said.

“It was this kinda weird fringe thing. … It sounded a lot like the Police, because it was actually Stewart Copeland, the drummer of the Police. He made this record under the name Klark Kent. He didn’t put his name on the record. When you first got it, you were like, ‘Wow, who’s Klark Kent? This is kinda rad!’ Then someone was like [whispering], ‘That’s Stewart Copeland!’”

He explained “that’s really the thing that inspired me. I think Stew would be a great guy to indict the band. And if you’re ever hung about with Stewart, he can make a fucking speech!”

Grohl was careful to note that his idea was “unofficial,” which led Stern to ask the rest of the band if any of them had any alternative suggestions for a Rock Hall host. When guitarist Pat Smear suggested “Dave’s mom,” the band leader responded: “You know what, I’ll ask. … Pat’s right!”

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Dave Grohl + Mom Loved Bridgers’ Guitar-Smashing ‘SNL’ Display

Dave Grohl is a genuine authenticator of what is rock ‘n’ roll and what is not. Weighing in on the controversy surrounding indie rocker Phoebe Bridgers and her decision to smash a guitar during her performance on Saturday Night Live, the Foo Fighters frontman beamed with excitement over the moment and relayed his mom shared the same feelings.

The comments from the rocker, who is a candidate for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s class of 2021 with the Foo Fighters, came during an early morning appearance on The Howard Stern Show.

Stern mentioned the back and forth exchanges on Twitter between Bridgers and folk rock legend David Crosby (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young), where Crosby had expressed disdain at the very concept of smashing a guitar and ultimately called her “pathetic.”

Bridgers, who has received flak from the Internet community for being wasteful during a time of need for so many (she smashed an $85 guitar on a fake stage monitor), replied, “Little bitch.”

Grohl deflected and, rather than comment on the Twitter spat directly, he took the opportunity to recognize what a standout moment it was for the rock genre on the whole.

“First of all — you have to understand that for the last 10 years, every interview I do I’m asked, ‘Is rock and roll dead? There’s no guitars anymore!’ So in the last year, there’s been this return to guitar rock music in popular music — like, Miley Cyrus is becoming Joan Jett…. You’re starting to see, people are realizing rock ‘n’ roll is cool,” he enthused (transcription via Consequence of Sound).

“I saw that performance — I actually talked to my mom about it,” Grohl continued, now focused on the moment that has left people divided on whether the stunt was appropriate.

His mother asked if he had seen Saturday Night Live, to which he said he had. The rocker recalled, “She goes, ‘What did you think about that girl Phoebe?’ I’m like, ‘she’s got a beautiful voice, she can really sing.’ My mother was like, ‘I loved it, I thought she was great!'”

Speaking from the perspective of experience, Grohl added, “When you watch us jam and freak out and do our thing… I think that’s what they did. It was every fucking night [with Nirvana] — my drums had holes in them from Kurt [Cobain] fucking chopping my drums.”

The Foos mastermind concluded, “I’ve seen enough smashed guitars. It feels fucking good to do it.”

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When Dave Grohl Took Grammys to His Daughter’s School

When Dave Grohl brought along some of his 16 Grammy awards to his daughter’s school, he didn’t get the expected result.

The Foo Fighters leader took part in Violet’s class event several years ago, and he hoped the young kids might be interested in the life of a musician.

“When my daughter was maybe like five years old, she was in pre-school and they had this bring your dad to school day,” Grohl told Absolute Radio (via Music-News.com). “So I grabbed a couple of Grammys. I got a bunch of laminates. I got some drumsticks. […] I’m sitting in, like, a rocking chair, in front of all these little kids. […] I’m like, ‘Okay. Hi. I’m Violet’s dad. My name’s Dave, and I’m a musician.”

He said the kids were suitably impressed when he let them hold the Grammys. “I’m like, ‘I play the drums,’ and I hand the sticks,” he continued. “I hand them the lanyards; I’m like, ‘These are backstage passes.” He was pleased with the response from the session – until he heard from a friend, who also had a daughter in the class. “[She] told her parents, ‘Violet’s daddy came to school today [and explained] what he does.’ And my friend said, ‘What does Violet’s daddy do for a living?’ And the kid said, ‘He’s a magician!’”

Meanwhile, Foo Fighters just released a new album, Medicine at Midnight, and launched a video for their track “No Son of Mine,” which can be seen below.

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Grohl Not Concerned With What Cobain Would Think of Foo Fighters

Today (Feb. 5) is the release of Medicine at Midnight, the landmark 10th album by the legendary Foo Fighters. But does Dave Grohl ever wonder what his late Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain would think of his new album, or his band in general? That answer is a firm no, but he’s really not concerned with what almost anyone thinks of his music.

In a wide-ranging interview with NME, that also features Foos drummer Taylor Hawkins, Grohl touched upon the idea of not writing to impress anyone but a select handful of people, all of whom are directly involved with the latest record.

When pressed if he ever ponders Cobain’s would-be impression of the Foo Fighters, Grohl emphatically stated,”No, I don’t – and I’ll tell you why! For 25 fucking years, that’s been something I’ve been judged by and from the get-go, you have to realize that it’s a dangerous place to be. You can’t create or judge anything by someone else’s standards.”

He also relayed that he was concerned about receiving negative feedback when he first started writing music for what eventually became the band’s first record, which was released in 1995 and recorded in October of 1994.

“It’s funny because I kept this little project a secret for so long before it became a band, and one of the reasons was for fear that people would judge it,” said Grohl.

“That’s all of the weird little demo tapes I’d done, I just didn’t feel comfortable sharing because they were mine. There was some safety and security in just keeping them to myself, so one of the reasons I started this band was to move on from the past,” he added. “The band truly represents this continuation of life because I didn’t want to remain in that place forever and I just couldn’t. I would have suffocated.”

As for those whose opinion on his music Grohl values, that would be his bandmates and producer Greg Kurstin, who also commanded the Foos’ previous effort, 2017’s Concrete and Gold.

“That’s it. That’s fucking it,” Grohl asserted of that short-list of people. “If someone comes out and says, ‘This is fucking shit,’ whether it’s a little YouTube guy or even Noel Gallagher [of Oasis], that really doesn’t ruffle my feathers because I’m not doing it for [them].”

Earlier this year, the Foo Fighters performed their new song “Times Like These” at the “Celebrating America” television special as part of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration.

“It just hasn’t quite set in,” said Grohl of the performance in that same interview.

“We had to record it virtually, and I’d much rather have been there,” the rocker lamented before he explained, “Look, my father was a Republican speech writer in Washington D.C. and he took my sister to Reagan’s second term inauguration. If my father was alive and he saw my band was performing at any kind of inauguration ceremony, he’d probably wouldn’t have believed it either!”

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