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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl reveals father did not approve of him becoming a member of a rock band

Dave Grohl is among the world’s best-known rock stars, however his journey to fame and fortune wasn’t at all times simple.

The Foo Fighters frontman has revealed that his father did not approve of him becoming a member of a rock band – and a rift shaped between the pair.

Writing in his new memoir, the 52-year-old stated: “My mom was at all times very supportive and inspired me to comply with my very own path.

Dave Grohl wanted to be a rock star - but his dad had different ideas
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Dave Grohl wished to be a rock star – however his dad had completely different concepts

“My father was a conservative Republican speechwriter so I do not know that he understood a toddler like mine’s thoughts.”

His father, James Harper Grohl, was a journalist and political marketing consultant who had clear expectations for the son his life would lead.

Grohl wrote: “I feel my father simply imagined I’d take the standard route via life the place I’d go 4 years via highschool, 4 years via faculty, getting a job, having a spouse, having some youngsters.

“However I do not know if I ever thought-about that even after I was younger. I do not suppose I ever thought-about that standard route.”

In The Storyteller, Grohl describes quitting faculty and leaving house to hitch the punk band Scream and tour the US and Europe.

He later turned the drummer in Nirvana and based Foo Fighters following the demise of Kurt Cobain.


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Grohl says his father was additionally musically gifted, however that his classical coaching meant “his concept of taking part in music was way more strict than mine”.

He added: “Mine was extra emotional, his was extra logistical. He stopped taking part in the flute as a result of he did not have 4 hours a day to play it anymore.”

The star additionally says that he “did not actually need his approval” to journey the world taking part in music, however received his father’s respect as his profession superior.

Grohl wrote: “I bear in mind him coming to see us play at a punk rock membership in Washington DC. And I feel it was then that he recognised I used to be truly fairly good at what I did, as a drummer. He might respect a musician’s craft.

“Despite the fact that we have been taking part in this loud, quick, noisy, dissonant punk rock, I feel that he might see that I wasn’t unhealthy at what I did.”

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Grohl added his father was relieved when Nirvana discovered business success – and that now, as a father himself, he understands why he was involved.

Talking about his daughter, he wrote: “I’ve a 15-year-old that desires tattoos and piercings and s*** however I hold telling her simply to attend. Maintain off. Do not do it now. Simply wait. You’ve got nothing however time.

“So I perceive the priority that he had after I advised him I am leaving faculty to leap in a s***** band and journey squats in Europe.”

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music by Dave Grohl is out now

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