Dave Grohl turns 47 years old today and we can thank him for lots of singing, strumming & drumming. To celebrate, some things you may not know about one of nicest, coolest, most bad-ass guys in Rock ‘n Roll:
True or False, Dave Grohl Participated in Student Council?
TRUE: Dave Grohl was vice president of his freshman class in high school. Before making the morning announcements over the school intercom, he would play music from the likes of Circle Jerks and Bad Brains.
True or False, Dave Grohl Has Used a Grammy as a Doorstep?
TRUE: “For the longest time I used a Grammy to hold my bedroom door open because it never would stay open. And now I have them on a shelf.” (WFNX Radio, 2008)
True or False, Dave Grohl Hates The Spice Girls?
FALSE: He’s got a secret love for The Spice Girls. “‘Two Become One’ by The Spice Girls. I couldn’t get this song out of my head. It’s not even a dance song – it’s this slow-jam pop-ballad shit. Lord, I just love it and I don’t know what to do. Do you think I need a shrink?” (Kerrang!, 2006)
True or False, Dave Grohl Once Had An Irrational Fear of Tiny Dinosaurs?
TRUE: He was once scared of tiny dinosaurs. “I took a couple of hits of acid on a boat from England to Belgium once, and I wound up running in circles for three hours, hallucinating that tiny dinosaurs were chewing everybody’s ankles. That was fucked up. I didn’t come down for 12 hours.”
True or False, Dave Grohl Has a Road Named After Him?
TRUE: In 2009, Dave Grohl was awarded a key to his hometown of Warren, Ohio. A road, ‘Dave Grohl Alley’, was named after him and decorated with murals painted by local artists.
True or False, Dave Grohl Has Been Charged With Drinking and Driving?
KIND OF: While in Australia in 2000, he was fined and banned from driving – for driving on a rental scooter while drunk.
True or False, Dave Grohl’s Favourite Meal is Bangers & Mash?
TRUE: He loves London cuisine. “You know how I swing when I come to London? Bangers and beans goddammit! I swear to God, on my life, that is my favourite meal in the world. I could eat it seven times a day for the rest of my life. I’m not joking – everything else is shit.” (NME, 1997).
True or False, Dave Grohl Hates Asparagus?
FALSE: Dave is an asparagus connoisseur. “You’ll know your asparagus is ready when you pick it up and it looks like a limp penis.” (Pop Smear, 1999)
True or False, Dave Grohl Worked at a Record Store in the 80s?
TRUE: He hated working in a record store. In the late 80s, he worked at Tower Records in Washington DC and cites it as his worst job ever. (Kerrang!, 2000)
True or False, Dave Grohl Wanted to be a Musician When He Was Young?
FALSE: As a kid, he wanted to be a helicopter pilot. “I’d take the storm windows off of our house and set them up in this little cage thing around me and sit and pretend I was in a helicopter.” (Time Out, 2003)
True or False, Dave Grohl is Actually Self-Conscious?
TRUE: He’s uncomfortable with his large nostrils. “I’d get my nostrils tightened, because they are a little large. I’ve had a complex about them since I was 12, and Bobby St Francis, my sister’s friend, said he could see my brain through my nostrils.” (Music365.com, 2000)
True or False, Dave Grohl Backed President George Bush?
FALSE: When US President George W. Bush used ‘Times Like These’ at his rallies in 20004, Grohl publicly announced his support for opposing candidate John Kerry and performed solo acoustic sets at Kerry’s rallies.
True or False, Dave Grohl Saw Nirvana Live Before He Was a Member?
TRUE: Nirvana only played one show with Dan Peters on drums – on 22 September, 1990, at Seattle’s Motor Sports International Garage. Grohl was in the audience at that gig.
True or False, Dave Grohl Was a Young Shoplifter?
TRUE: When Dave was 10 or 11, he stole some green apple-flavour Redman Chew chewing tobacco. He got so sick from it that he never chewed tobacco again. (Melody Maker, 2000).
Thanks for the fun facts NME.COM