Dave Grohl Net Worth

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Dave Grohl Net Worth:
$320 Million

Dave Grohl net worth: Dave Grohl is an American rock musician, singer, songwriter, and director who has a net worth of $320 million dollars. He is best known as the frontman and guitarist of the Foo Fighters and as the former drummer of Nirvana.

Early Life: David Eric Grohl was born on January 14, 1969, in Warren, Ohio. He is the son of Virginia, a teacher, and James, a newswriter. He has an older sister, Lisa, who was born in 1966. When he was a child, his family moved to the Washington D.C. suburb of Springfield, Virginia. His parents divorced when he was seven and his mother raised Dave and Lisa. When he was 12, he began learning to play the guitar but soon grew bored with lessons and ending up teaching himself how to play. When he was 13, he and his sister spent the summer with their cousin Tracy in Evanston, Illinois. Tracy introduced them to punk rock and took them to a number of shows by punk bands. His first concert was at the legendary Cubby Bear in Chicago for a Naked Raygun show in 1982 when he was 13.

Grohl attended Thomas Jefferson High School as a freshman where he was elected vice president of his freshman class. In that capacity, he snuck in clips of songs by the Circle Jerks and Bad Brains over the school intercom before his morning announcements. Grohl's mom discovered that Dave was smoking marijuana and felt it was impacting his grades so she had him transfer to Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Dave was there for two years and had to repeat his freshman year. While in high school, Dave played in several local bands and taught himself to play drums by listening to Rush's Neil Peart and punk rock. He played guitar for a band called Freak Baby. When the band kicked out its bass player, Grohl switched to the drums.

In December 1985, 16-year-old Grohl joined a hardcore punk band called Dain Bramage. The band disbanded in March 1987 when Grohl quit to join the band Scream without any notice to his Dain Bramage bandmates.

Career:  When Grohl was 17, he auditioned to play for the popular local Washington, D.C. punk band Scram to be its new drummer. He lied about his age to get the audition. He was shocked when he was offered the gig and dropped out of high school in his junior year. Grohl toured extensively with the band, recorded a couple of live albums and two studio albums. While with Scream, Grohl became a fan of the Melvins and befriended the band. During a tour stop on the West Coast in 1990, the Melvins' Buzz Osborne took a couple of his friends to see Scream. Those friends were Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic. It just so happened that a few months after that fateful meeting, their band, Nirvana, had parted ways with its fourth drummer and Scream disbanded.

Grohl called Osborne for advice and Osborne informed him that Nirvana was looking for a drummer and gave Grohl Cobain and Novoselic's phone numbers. They invited Grohl to Seattle to audition for Nirvana. Grohl soon joined the band full-time.

Grohl spent his first months with Nirvana shopping for a record deal. Nirvana eventually signed with DGC Records. In the spring of 1991, the band went to Sound City Studios in Los Angeles to record Nevermind (as seen in Grohl's 2013 documentary Sound City). Upon its release in 1991, Nevermind exceeded all expectations and became a worldwide commercial success.

Following Kurt Cobain's death in 1994 and Nirvana's demise, Dave spent six days recording music on his own trying to distract himself from the pain. He played all of the instruments on the tracks and recorded them himself. When he was done, he produced 100 cassette tapes and handed them out to friends. He didn't want to put his name on those songs, so he chose the name Foo Fighters. One of those tapes ended up in the hands of a record executive at Capital Records who signed Dave on the spot thinking the songs were created by a full band. The Foo Fighters were born from this process and have gone on to have a very successful music career. To date, Grohl has released nine studio albums with Foo Fighters. The band has sold tens of millions of albums worldwide and won multiple Grammy awards.

Grohl also has spent some time making guest appearances for bands like Queens of the Stone Age and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Additionally, Dave Grohl has contributed to many other projects, working with music artists such as Tenacious D, Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke, David Bowie, and Paul McCartney. Despite being one of the most successful musicians of all time, Dave is generally considered to be one of the nicest and most down to earth celebrities in the world.

In July 2009, it was revealed that Grohl was recording with Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme and John Paul Jones as Them Crooked Vultures. The trio performed their first show together on August 9, 2009, at Metro in Chicago. The band played their first UK gig on August 26, 2009, with a surprise appearance at Brixton Academy in London. The band released their debut album Them Crooked Vultures in the fall of 2009.

Grohl has been a musical guest on Saturday Night Live 13 times since 1992, more than any other musician. He has appeared with Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures, Mick Jagger and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

In 2013, Grohl produced and directed (his directorial debut) a documentary about the history of the legendary recording studio Sound City in Van Nuys, California.

In 2014, Grohl directed the HBO documentary miniseries Sonic Highways. It tied into the Foo Fighters' eighth studio album. Grohl described the project as "a love letter to the history of American music." Each of the eight episodes is presented as an exploration of the musical history of a different American city through a series of interviews by Grohl.

In early 2020, Grohl announced that he was filming a new documentary based on bands' van tours. It is tentatively titled "What Drives Us," and in it, Grohl explores the mindset that compels musicians to leave behind everything and spend several months touring the country in a tiny van.

Dave Grohl Net Worth

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Personal Life: In 1994, Grohl married photographer Jennifer Leigh Youngblood. They separated in December 1997 and divorced in 1997.

On August 2, 2003, he married Jordyn Blum. They have three daughters: Violet Maye (born April 15, 2006), Harper Willow (born April 17, 2009) and Ophelia Saint (born August 1, 2014).

Grohl doesn't read music and plays only by ear.

On May 20, 2015, David Letterman selected Grohl and the Foo Fighters to play "Everlong" as the last musical guest on the final episode of Late Show with David Letterman. Letterman stated that he considered "Everlong" to be his favorite song and that he and the band were "joined at the hip" ever since the band canceled tour dates to play his first show back from heart bypass surgery at his request.

Salary Highlights: In 2012, Grohl was estimated to be the third wealthiest drummer in the world, behind Ringo Starr and Phil Collins, with a fortune of $280 million.

Real Estate: Grohl and his family live in a modest house in Encino, California. He is an outspoken fan of the San Fernando Valley.

Dave Grohl Net Worth

Dave Grohl

Net Worth:$320 Million
Date of Birth:Jan 14, 1969 (51 years old)
Gender:Male
Height:6 ft (1.83 m)
Profession:Songwriter, Singer, Musician, Drummer, Guitarist, Multi-instrumentalist, Actor, Film director, Singer-songwriter
Nationality:United States of America
Last Updated:2020
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