Dave Grohl is executive producing and starring in a new TV series about rock star mums.
Live Nation Productions’ first ever television series is called ‘From Cradle To Stage’ and is based on the 2017 book of the same name written by Virginia Hanlon Grohl – Dave Grohl’s mum.
Released in April 2017, ‘From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars’ sees Virginia Hanlon Grohl reach out to other mums who have raised famous names from the music world.
Mums who tell their stories include Marianne Stipe, Michael Stipe of REM’s mother; Verna Griffin, rapper Dr. Dre’s mother and Hester Diamond, Mike D of The Beastie Boys’ mother.
According to an exclusive report on Variety, the series, which is being developed with Endeavor Content, features interviews with rock stars including Tom Morello and Geddy Lee and their mums Mary Morello and Mary Weinrib.
“I’m excited to introduce the viewing public to the strong, loving women who have supported the insistent dreams of their musical sons and daughters,” says Virginia Hanlon Grohl.
“To Sandi Clark, who learned the music business from a book and launched her son’s career – and Mary Weinrib, who had to cancel her own dreams of an education to allow her son to thrive with Rush.
“To Janis Winehouse, who recognized her daughter’s extreme talent, but was helpless to control the demons that brought that brilliant career to a tragic end. Their backgrounds vary greatly, but they have so much in common.
“Viewers will join all the mothers around a table when they meet for the first time at a celebratory dinner where secrets and stories will be shared and compared. It’s possible that a toast will involve a wine from the Lambert family winery – and a glass of milk for Mary Morello!”
Dave Grohl said: “I’m beyond excited to join in on the next step of my mother’s project to explore the stories of other musicians who were as fortunate as me, having been raised by such amazing women. Plus…I owe her one.”
Live Nation Productions President of Production, Film & Television, Heather Parry, comments: “At Live Nation Productions, we are proud to help artist’s share their stories in the most authentic way possible.
“Virginia’s book aligns perfectly with that vision, highlighting an array of incredibly strong women, sharing true and unique perspectives of the mothers who raised some of our most celebrated rock stars. I am a Foo Fighters fan and have known Dave Grohl since my days at MTV, so it’s incredibly gratifying to be partnering with Virginia and Endeavor Content to help bring this project to life.”
Heather Parry, Virginia Hanlon Grohl, Michael Rapino of Live Nation and Dave Grohl will executive produce the series. No release date has been unveiled yet.
In other Dave Grohl news, Foo Fighters have parodied Dave's leg-breaking fall stage fall in Sweden almost exactly three years later. You can see footage of the hilarious stunt right here.