Fans Can't Believe How Old Foo Fighters Frontman Dave Grohl Is
Being in a successful band is one thing, being in one of the biggest bands in the world is another, but doing them both twice is almost unheard of.
One of the few rockstars to manage this impressive feat however, is Dave Grohl, who over the last 30 years has solidified himself as a musical icon.
And today is the bearded frontman's 50th birthday but fans of the Foo Fighters singer can't get their heads around it.
Since news started to spread of the former Nirvana drummer's milestone anniversary, stunned followers have been sending their best wishes to their hero.
I cannot believe my favourite musician turns a whopping 50 Monday! Rock and party on! #FooFighters #DaveGrohl #rock #rocknroll #awesome pic.twitter.com/OHGCstgKJo
- :notes:Ellie Dormer:notes: (@EllieDormer5) January 11, 2019
One fan wrote on Twitter: "As if Sir Dave is 50 today. My hero, no pun intended! Happy birthday God!!!"
A second shocked fan then said: "How's Dave Grohl 50 on Monday."
A third person added: "Can't believe Dave Grohl is 50,one of the coolest people on this planet and will forever be a cool dude I bloody love him."
"I cannot believe my favourite musician turns a whopping 50 Monday! Rock and party on", wrote another.
We can't quite believe it either.
Grohl first made is name as a drummer when he joined Seattle three-piece Nirvana in 1990, and just a year later they released their breakout album, Nevermind - which Grohl, singer Kurt Cobain, and bassist Krist Novoselic to fame.
Over the next three years the band released one more album, In Utero, and sold millions of records worldwide. But in 1994, at what was seemingly the very peak of their powers, the band's troubled singer, Cobain, then just 27, took his own life, leaving Grohl broken and with nowhere to go.
dave grohl turns 50 years old monday and i still want to marry him
- c (@x__static) January 12, 2019
"I was lost. I went through a really dark period where I couldn't listen to the radio because it broke my heart just to hear music", Grohl said.
However, somehow he managed to find the courage to pick up his drum sticks - and every other instrument - when a year later he formed the Foo Fighters, and produced its first record.
But this time round Grohl - who was once called the 'best drummer in the world' by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme - took the lead as the band's singer, and wouldn't drum for another band; a decision which was in no small part down to the tragic death of his best friend.
Speaking to Team Rock, the 'Learn to Fly' singer, said: "After Nirvana, I wasn't really sure what to do. I was asked to join a couple of other bands as the drummer, but I just couldn't imagine doing that because it would just remind me of being in Nirvana; every time I sat down at a drum set, I would think of that. And other people would think of that as well.
"I started my own company, Roswell Records, and I called it Foo Fighters because I wanted people to think it was a band. I didn't want any names on it or pictures", he added.
It would be a cliche to say 'the rest is history' but in this case it is certainly fitting. Since 1995 the Foo Fighters have released nine albums, they have topped the charts 10 times in the US and four in the UK, and shook the foundations of stadiums the world over.
In 2017 they even finally managed to headline the iconic Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival, two years after they had to pull out when Grohl broke his leg falling off stage - he clearly didn't learn from his mistake, doing the same just last week. Never change, Dave.
Happy Birthday to an absolute legend.
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