Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has revealed how his father disowned him as he dropped out of school in an attempt to succeed in the music industry.
While his dad wasn’t sure how well his son was going to do, Dave admitted telling him at the time that playing an instrument doesn’t make you a musician.
The 52-year-old has sold over 30 million records and won five Brit Awards and 11 Grammys.
Speaking of his father’s difficult treatment, he was not allowed to play music during his school years because he was failing academically.
Speaking at the Savoy Theater in London on the first night of his solo tour to promote his memoir The Storyteller: Tales Of Life And Music, he said: “Around the time of my parents’ divorce, I discovered music. . I learned to play the drums.
“I even tried to be a promoter. I wasn’t allowed to play music because my grades were so bad. My father used to say to me: ‘Don’t call yourself a musician just because you play an instrument’.
“So I didn’t have the right to be a musician. We had this painfully awkward conversation about what I was going to do with my life. I didn’t know what to say but I knew that was it. I wrote a runaway note. It started the separation between my father and me.
The hugely successful star continued, “He called me the next morning and said, ‘Never do that again.’ And I said, “I don’t have to.”
Dave became the drummer for the punk band Scream. He then joined Nirvana alongside Kurt Cobain.
He candidly revealed how difficult the early years were as the bands fought for money.
“There was no food,” he confessed. “There was a gas station across the road that sold three corn dogs for 99 cents. I learned to budget for three corn dogs a day. We wrote songs every day. Kurt was so prolific.
Kurt tragically died from a dose of heroin as the group’s fame reached its peak.
Dave explained how he was “totally numb” and “lost” after the death of his bandmate. He revealed how he felt he had to get away and how it wasn’t until he met a hitchhiker in Ireland wearing a Kurt T-shirt that he decided to give the music another chance – this time by forming Foo Fighters.
He recounted how he picked 15 of his personal songs and sent them to 100 people, explaining that he used the name Foo Fighters to make people believe he was from a band, not just an individual. .