If you don’t recognise the name Dave Grohl, you should. With a monumental presence across rock music of the last three decades, Grohl has been a part of or in many cases the driving force behind some of the best bands in several rock genres, rising to fame with the band he drummed for back in the 90s, a little grunge outfit known as Nirvana. With their much-loved album Nevermind, the band reached great new heights, but tragedy struck as their frontman took his own life (or so they say). He quickly formed the Foo Fighters who have been going since 1994 and their reign as one of the most celebrated rock acts continues. Known around the globe as ‘The nicest man in rock’, Grohl may also be one of the busiest, touring with the Foo Fighters alone would be well enough to keep a man sustained, but Grohl it seems is no ordinary man and has his fingers in many pies.
The hilarious duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass jumped to stardom thanks to the circulation of their music video for Tribute. The song which tells the tale of the pair stopped on their travels by the devil himself and told to play “The best song in the world” caught on like hellfire and made the actors-turned-musicians into even bigger icons. The drums on their self-titled debut album were performed by none other than Dave Grohl who also took the role of the Devil in the music video.
Queens of The Stone Age
Joining the guitar laden sounds of the band for their Songs For The Deaf album, Grohl’s appearance is notable as the drums take up more room on this terrific record. On ‘A Song for The Dead’ Grohl hits hard in several drum solos that drive the full force of the track. It’s clear that a bond formed between the famous rocker and the Red-headed frontman Josh Homme here as they plotted another side project together, forming Them Crooked Vultures with him years later.
This one was Grohl’s baby all along. A full album packed with guest stars of rock and metal legendary status including Wino, Motorhead’s Lemmy, Max Cavalera and King Diamond. Grohl would prove he could master all instruments as he provided the majority of the music here, using guests as vocalists more often than not. This album captures the sound of rock from Grohl’s younger days and modernises it with great success.
Jumping in to support a band from his hometown the nicest man in rock doesn’t disappoint. The trio known as Red, Gold and Green asked Grohl to provide drums for a single track and instead he recorded for their whole album. Though they sound different to the rock Grohl usually makes, this time a mix of indie and hip hop, his signature play style can be heard in the back of the album.
Theatrical Swedish metallers, Ghost aren’t to everyone’s liking thanks to their horror theme and tongue-in-cheek catholic satire. Grohl however was a fan and bumped int other band at a festival, clearly eager to make as much music as possible and unable to break promises he then went on to produce their EP If You Have Ghost. Here he provided production, guitars and drums proving he can’t be predicted or stopped.