To celebrate Dave Grohl’s 50th birthday today (14th January), here are 15 reasons why the Foo Fighters singer is the undisputed ‘Nicest Guy In Rock’.
Dave Grohl’s legendary acts of kindness, goodness and all-round decency have him marked down for canonisation, though thankfully it’s going to be some considerable time before that actually happens. However, given the sheer volume of his niceness, we’re going to be whittling it down to 15 as there just aren’t enough hours in the day…
1. Dave cooked a barbecue for firefighters battling Californian wildfires
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As wildfires spread across California in late 2018, Dave Grohl treated the firefighters and crew of Calabasas’ Fire Station 88 who’d been tackling the Woolsey Fire in Southern California to a free BBQ. Expressing their gratitude in a post on Instagram, Fire Station 68 wrote: “It was awesome to get a visit tonight from Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. He also treated us to some of his own Backbeat BBQ. Thanks Dave! It was excellent!”
2. Dave also cooked a barbecue at a food bank at Christmas
Dave Grohl serves food © Getty
Just two days before Christmas, Dave Grohl took his Backbeat BBQ to the Los Angeles Food Bank. The Backbeat BBQ team were at the food bank for 36 hours and Dave himself served up the food.
3. Dave invited a blind boy up on stage
Tearing through a version of ‘Sky Is A Neighbourhood’ at a gig in St Paul, Minnesota in October 2018, Dave Grohl spotted an excited and visually impaired boy being held up by his dad. Ushering them onstage, Dave let the blind boy have a go on his signature blue Gibson. The boy and his parents then spent the rest of the gig at the side of the stage.
4. Dave covered Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ with a 10-year-old
With Foo Fighters’ ‘Concrete And Gold’ tour calling in at the Sprint Centre in Kansas City in October 2018, Dave Grohl found himself singing Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ with a 10-year-old called Collier Cash Rule after the plucky lad assured him he could play it. And boy, did he shred!
5. Dave gave his shoe to a girl on crutches
tonight dave grohls orthopedic doctor told me if i didn't put a shoe on my foot it wouldn't get better. so dave gave me one of his shoes? pic.twitter.com/updeujumtx— sabryn (@sabrynsucks) October 13, 2017
Hobbling around on crutches in the backstage area of The Anthem in Washington in October 2017, a teenage fan called Sabryn was told by Dave Grohl’s doctor that she really ought to be wearing a shoe with her brace. Dave nipped back to his dressing room and offered her the extra shoe he’d worn when his leg was broken.
6. Dave is producing a documentary series with his mum
Dave Grohl and his mum Virginia © Getty
With TV producers offering to make a televised version of her book ‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ – a look at music stars though the eyes of their mothers – Virginia Grohl found herself a little out of her depth. Enter her offspring to get things sorted with the TV bigwigs.
7. Dave stops fights at gigs
Playing the legendary London venue The Roundhouse in 2011, Dave Grohl not only stopped the band’s set when a fight broke out in the audience, he also insisted that the idiot who kicked it all off was actually booted out of the venue. “You don’t come to my show to fight,” he told the troublemaker. “You come to my show to f***ing dance!”
8. Foo Fighters performed gigs in fans’ garages
Having recorded the whole of their ‘Wasted Life’ album in Dave Grohl’s garage, Foo Fighters played eight gigs in the garages of their most hardcore fans. How can you not love the guy?
9. Dave praised former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing
Despite providing the backbeat of Nirvana’s debut album, ‘Bleach’, drummer Chad Channing was nonetheless snubbed when the ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ hitmakers were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2014. Taking the podium, Dave Grohl was quick to point out that he was, in fact, Nirvana’s fifth drummer before heaping praise on Channing.
10. Dave listens to the appeals of his fans
After 1,000 Italian Foo Fighters fans got together in Cesana to play ‘Learn To Fly’ in an attempt to get Dave Grohl and the boys to play their city, the band responded by Tweeting, “Ci vediamo a presto, Cesena” (which translates as “See you soon, Cesena”). Good to their word, Foo Fighters headed over and played a 27-song set in November 2015.
11. Dave settles feuds
Axl Rose using Dave Grohl's throne at Coachella
The long-running beef between Nirvana and Guns N’ Roses seemed to have finally come to an end when Dave Grohl not only lent Guns his stage throne when Axl Rose broke his foot, he was also spotted rocking out in the audience when his former rivals played Las Vegas. On top of that, he also embraced Courtney Love when they shared a stage during Nirvana’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
12. Dave does an awful lot for charity
Dave and his wife Jordyn Blum © Getty
According to the Look To The Stars website, Dave has supported at least 15 charities over the decades including Stand Up To Cancer, the Elton John Aids Foundation, Worldwide Orphans Foundation, Teen Cancer America and Autism Speaks.
13. Dave fills in for sick musicians
Dave watches Cage The Elephant perform © Getty
In October 2011, Jared Champion, the drummer of indie-rock band Cage The Elephant, was rushed to hospital when his appendix burst. Hearing of his plight, Dave personally offered to fill in for the drummer at the band’s show at the Maverick Center in Salt Lake City. Guitarist Lincoln Parish said afterwards: “I had to pinch myself. I turned around and Dave Grohl is playing the drums. It’s an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Nobody can replace Jared. But…it’s Dave f***ing Grohl.
14. Dave left a 100% bar tip to take bill to $666
Dave and his friends imbibed drinks at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood following Foo Fighters’ pop-up show in the car park of the Hollywood Palladium on Sunday 26th August. When the resulting bill came to $333.30, Dave doubled it to make the tab the Number of the Beast itself - $666 (...and 30 cents. Okay it was close enough).
15. Dave invited a crying Foo Fighters fan on stage
During a Foo Fighters gig in Colorado in 2015, Dave spotted an emotional fan in the audience just as he was beginning a speech in the middle of an acoustic rendition of 'My Hero'. Dave then said: "I'm gonna sing this to your crying grown-man ass," before telling security, "He's a grown man crying, you can bring him up here". The fan called Anthony then took a seat on stage and Dave sang ‘My Hero’ to him.