The coolest dude on the planet, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters turns 50 today!
The multi-talented Grohl was born on this day in Warren, Ohio. He moved to Virginia as a child, then Seattle when he joined Nirvana in 1990. He, his wife Jordan and their three daughters currently live in Los Angeles.
Grohl has made his mark as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member with Nirvana and leading Foo Fighters for the past 24 years (which means they're eligible for the Hall next year), but for his birthday I thought I'd focus on some of the things he's done while not playing an instrument.
- He dropped out of high school in the 11th grade. (That hasn't seemed to hurt him.)
- Grohl made his acting debut in an episode of The X-Files called "The Pusher" that first aired on February 23rd, 1996.
- He not only appeared in the 2011 film The Muppets, he also guested on the short-lived Muppets TV series in 2015.
- He's inducted two bands into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- Queen in 2001 and Rush in 2013.
- Grohl delivered a keynote speech at the 2013 South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas.
- He's guest hosted two different talk shows -- Chelsea Lately in 2013 and Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2017. He dressed up like David Lettermanwhen hosting Kimmel.
- He's acted in two episodes of Drunk History. In one of them he played a member of the "Memphis Mafia," the name given to the hangers-on associated with Elvis Presley.
- In 2018 he launched a side business, a barbecue company called The Beached Pig. It's set up at the Valley Urban Market -- a new outdoor food hall in Studio City, California co-founded by his wife Jordan.
- He's directed manyFoo Fighters videos, the documentary Sound City and the HBO series Sonic Highways. But he's taken only one directing job not related to his own band -- he helmed Soundgarden's clip for "By Crooked Steps" from King Animal.
I'm not sure what Grohl has planned for his big day, but I do know that his next concert is a big one -- I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell on Wednesday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Besides Foo Fighters, the bill includes Metallica, Ryan Adams and Cornell's three bands, Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog and Audioslave.