Name: David Eric “Dave” Grohl
Birthdate: January 14, 1969
Occupation: rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, record producer, actor
Turn on the radio or streaming services today, and chances are you’ll hear tunes from either one of Dave Grohl’s massive rock bands, Foo Fighters or Nirvana. The drummer-turned-guitarist-turned massive rock star wasn’t always so massive. Dave was born in Warren, Ohio, but then grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., after the family moved there when he was 7. At age 12, Dave started to teach himself to play Beatles songs on guitar, and after being in some early bands, taught himself to play drums. A summertime trip to visit a cousin on the outskirts of Chicago would change Dave’s life forever. His cousin Tracy took him to his first punk-rock show to see the band Naked Raygun at The Cubby Bear.
After playing and touring with the DC-based band SCREAM, Grohl went on to audition for, and join, Nirvana in 1990, just before the recording of Nevermind began. A year later, Nirvana was the most massive band in the world. Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994 didn’t stop Dave, though; he recorded and released the first Foo Fighters album, then formed the band and went on tour. He hasn’t stopped or slowed down since.
In addition to rocking hard with the Foo Fighters for the last 21 years, Dave has also recorded side projects like Probot, has drummed with Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures and even Phil Collins live on stage. He’s even found time to act and do voiceover work, appearing as Satan in Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny, and as various characters on the shows Metalocalypse, Drunk History and Ghost Ghirls. Dave also has the reputation of being the Nicest Guy in Rock n Roll.
Dave Grohl is reportedly worth $260 million USD.
How much is $260 million?
That’s a lot of money, no matter how you look at it, but given Dave’s fall and broken leg during a 2015 show in Sweden, there was a threat to that earning potential. Undeterred as any true rocker would be, Dave designed a throne on which he could sit and keep his broken leg stationary during shows, so he could finish the tour. At a cost of roughly $25,000 USD per throne, Dave could buy 10,400 of those thrones. Keep sitting pretty, Dave!