Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl was disowned by his dad and survived on £7 a day when he joined Nirvana

AS frontman of the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl is one of the most recognisable faces in rock.

His band has sold more than 30million records and won five Brit Awards and 11 Grammys. But Dave has revealed the huge personal cost of his success — as his father James disowned him when he dropped out of school to try to make it in music.


At the first night of his one-man tour to promote his memoir, The Storyteller: Tales Of Life And Music, at London’s Savoy Theatre, he said: “Around the time of my parents’ divorce I discovered music. I learned to play the drums.

“I even tried my hand at being a promoter. I was not allowed to play music because my grades were so bad. My father would say to me, ‘Don’t call yourself a musician just because you play an instrument’.

“So I wasn’t allowed to be a musician. We had that painfully awkward conversation about what I was going to do with my life. I didn’t know what to say but I knew this was it. I wrote a runaway note. This began the separation between my father and I.

“He called me the next morning and said, ‘Don’t ever do that again’. And I said, ‘I don’t have to’.”

Dave went on to become the drummer for punk band Scream before joining grunge three-piece Nirvana with Kurt Cobain.

He recalled that those days in the band were tough — but some of the best of his life.

'I was lost'

Dave, who will speak at four more events across the US next month, said: “There was no food. There was a gas station across the road that sold three corn dogs for 99 cents. I learnt to budget three corn dogs a day. We were writing songs every day. Kurt was so prolific.”

As their fame reached fever pitch however, Kurt died of a heroin overdose as he struggled to cope with life in the limelight.

Dave explained: “When Kurt died, I was lost. I was totally numb. I turned off the radio, I put my instruments away and I couldn’t bear it. I needed to disappear and get away.”

Dave flew to Ireland to spend time alone and said he came across a hitchhiker wearing a Kurt T-shirt –– which prompted him to change his mind.

He flew back to the US and created Foo Fighters.

Dave added: “I picked 15 of my favourite songs I had written and recorded by myself. I called it Foo Fighters because I wanted people to think it was a band. I handed them out to 100 people. And I thought, this is it. This is what will save my life.”

 OH SNAP     OUT OF IT, WILL YOU TOM

MAKING your fans pay for a picture is tight at the best of times.

But Tom Hiddleston will be taking this to the next level at the MCM Comic Con in London.

The Loki actor is charging fans £225 to have a photograph taken with him next month at the annual convention where fans dress up as their favourite characters from comics, video games and movies.

To add insult to financial injury, those who are willing to fork out the hefty sum for a snap with Tom won’t get even near him.

Organisers of the event, at London’s ExCeL, have revealed that a pane of Plexiglass will keep them apart. Now, I do of course understand that because of Covid everything has to be terribly boring and laborious in the name of keeping everyone safe.

But in this case, fans will surely each be taking home with them just a really awkward picture of themselves standing side by side with Tom. I just hope the fans save their hard-earned and don’t waste it on this. Instead, just find a pal who’s good at Photoshop and use it to get yourself a snap with Tom for free.

ADDER BOY, OLLY

HE gave the music a break to take a starring turn in hit Channel 4 show It’s A Sin last year.

Now Olly Alexander is back with his third Years & Years album.


The singer posed in these black trousers and spiked cuffs with a snake around his neck to promote Night Call, above, which is out on January 7 next year.

Olly, who performs solo under the name Years & Years, also released Crave, his first single from the record yesterday.

The singer said about the upbeat dance track: “In the past I felt like I’ve been dominated by toxic relationships, and I felt like it would be fun to turn it on its head.”

Fans of Olly’s are going to love it.

JESY’S PANIC ATTACKS

JESY NELSON broke down in tears as she opened up about her struggles in Little Mix.

In an extended version of the interview with the singer I brought you excerpts from yesterday, she spoke at length about the issues she encountered in the group alongside Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall and Perrie Edwards.

She said on the podcast Reign With Josh Smith: “The panic attacks are horrible. Unless you’ve ever experienced it, it’s really hard to understand what it makes you feel like.

“You literally feel like you’re being strangled, you can’t breathe. For that to happen when we were about to go live, I knew something wasn’t right. Every day I was getting worse and worse. I knew I had to do something about it. When you’re in that headspace sometimes you never think you’re going to get out of it.”

Jesy, who quit Little Mix in December after nine years, added: “I was crying all the time because I so badly wanted to be accepted and just didn’t want to be compared all the time.

“I was lying most of the time. I was good at just pretending a lot of the time. It just got too much and I needed to take control and look after myself.”

PETE RINGS CHANGES

Former Libertines star Pete Doherty has got his happy ending after cleaning up his act.

The singer is engaged to Katia de Vidas, who he has lived with in the South of France for a number of years.

Katia revealed her sparkler in this Instagram pic of her and Pete, along with pal Jack Jones of rock band Trampolene, centre, and Luna the dog.

Pals said the pair had been engaged “for a while” but had kept it quiet.

Pete’s new life is a far cry from his days as a hellraiser who found fame thanks to his romance with Kate Moss. He has been sober for almost three years and said he was busy working on new music.

The singer, who did a gig in London in July, said: “I’m in recovery. I’m 2.5 years clean of heroin, which is a big deal for me. I’m ticking along writing music.”

VANILLA SELL-OUT

VANILLA ICE is the latest star to sell out and go woke for cash.

The American has re-worked his cult 1990 track Ice Ice Baby as part of a deal with Samsung Electronics.

The song now goes, “Reduce your ice, ice baby . . . ” as the rapper calls on the world to increase the temperature of their freezers, which could lower each individual’s carbon footprint.

Samsung claims that if every household in Europe raised their freezer temperature by 1C, it would save more than 1million tons of emissions annually.

The rapper added: “I’m so excited to work with Samsung on this project as music is a great way to spread this environmental story. I hope the message is received loud and clear and we can all do our bit to take care of our planet.

“I love living a sustainable lifestyle and being energy efficient is part of that.” Be honest, mate.

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