Top 10 Dave Grohl Moments Of 2015

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl’s 2015 will go down as one of the most epic years in recent rock star memory. Relive Dave’s greatest moments of the year below!

10. Dave has epic drum off on The Muppets

Earlier this month, Dave Grohl had a hilarious drum off with Animal from Miss Piggy’s band on ABC’s The Muppets.

Happy birthday to Dave's cousin Trac(e)y and his mom! @foofighters

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9. Dave sings happy birthday to his Mom

At Foo Fighters’ epic show at Wrigley Field in Chicago this past summer, Dave Grohl brought his mother Virginia Grohl and cousin Tracy on stage so that fans could sing happy birthday to them! Grohl also discussed his mother drinking with Green Day.

8. Foo Fighters jam with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones & Queen’s Roger Taylor

Foo Fighters were joined by Queen drummer Roger Taylor and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones for an epic performance of “Under Pressure” at the Milton Keynes National Bowl, with the musicians forming a ‘super-duper-group.’ Jones played keys, and Taylor drummed, while Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins sang vocals.

Grohl said, “Now look, I don’t know if ya’ll ever seen a supergroup, this is a super-duper-group. I don’t even know what to say, because this kind of shit does not happen every day. Let me just tell you that the Foo Fighters right now are living out our rock and roll fantasy with you tonight, wouldn’t you say?

Taylor Hawkins agreed, “Fuckin’ aye.” Hawkins then told Roger Taylor to “go for it, you’re in charge.”

Dave Grohl said that Queen were the first band to perform at Milton Keynes, so it was fitting that Taylor was joining them. The performance also was a semi-Them Crooked Vultures reunion for Grohl and John Paul Jones.

7. Foo Fighters ‘Rick Roll’ Westboro Baptist Church

After hearing that Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) was going to protest the Foo Fighters Friday, August 21st concert at the Kansas City Sprint Center, Dave Grohl and company ‘Rick Rolled’ WBC who were protesting in front of the venue. The flamboyant counter protest included the band in the back of a truck which was also blasting the Rick Astley hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” while drummer Taylor Hawkins waved a sign that read ‘You Got Rick Roll’d, Again’ and his drum tech sporting nothing but thong underwear below the waist.

6. Foo Fighters Invite Crying Fan On Stage To Sing “My Hero”

Foo Fighters were performing “My Hero” acoustic in Greenwood Village, Colorado last night, and Dave Grohl spotted a fan crying in the crowd. See Alternative Nation’s transcription below!

“Don’t cry motherfucker, I know you’re drunk, don’t cry. Are you crying right now? You’re fucking crying aren’t you? (Laughs) I love you man, look at you, holy shit. You know what, fuck that speech I was just going to make, I’m singing this shit to you right now. I’m gonna sing this fucking song right in your face, man to man, prison style, I’m going man to man. Me and you, I want some real tears, you better sing it with me. (Laughs) Don’t make me cry, because I promised I wouldn’t do this.”

“Get closer, get front row! Where are you going motherfucker? Get back here! No you get here, front row. I’m going to sing this to your crying grown man ass right now. Front row, against the rail, right here, get in here motherfucker, you drunk emotional mess!”

At first Grohl hesitated to bring him on stage, but then he invited him. The fan identified himself as Anthony. Grohl then serenaded Anthony, singing “My Hero” to him and making him continue to cry. Anthony also sang part of the song with Grohl. Grohl joked that nobody should let Anthony drive home, and he also hugged him multiple times.

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5. Dave jams with Slash, David Lee Roth, and more on his birthday

Foo Fighters played their first show of 2015 in January on a rainy night in Los Angeles at the Forum. The show was hyped as being a celebration of Dave Grohl’s birthday, but not much was known going in regarding what setlist might be going in, or if any special guests might show up. Foo Fighters kicked off the show and Dave Grohl immediately said that it would be a long night with tons of guests. The band were also using a new round stage setup in the middle of the arena that rotated throughout the show. Grohl would use the stage to rile up fans to cheer for the stage to rotate in their direction, and joked that he was getting nauseous at one point.

When it came to the set, KISS’ Paul Stanley was the first guest. Stanley performed “Detroit Rock City” and “Do You Love Me.” After Stanley left, the band performed “All My Life,” “Rope,” and “The Pretender.” The show mostly continued with this type of rotation, with a couple of songs with a guest performer followed by a few hits. Tenacious D and Slash were the next guests, performing Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” Jack Black led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to Dave Grohl, with balloons dropping from the ceiling.

Alice Cooper performed his two biggest hits: “School’s Out” and “I’m Eighteen.” Former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri came out to perform Roky Erickson’s “Two Headed Dog.” Grohl introduced Oliveri by mentioning ‘the band I used to drum for,’ which led to many fans immediately thinking that Krist Novoselic would come out.

Zakk Wylde was arguably the best guest performer. When he came out, Dave Grohl took over on bass and he, Wylde, and Taylor Hawkins performed as a ‘power trio,’ according to Grohl. Wylde absolutely ripped and immediately won over the crowd, despite being less famous than some of the other guests. Wylde, Grohl, and Hawkins covered Black Sabbath, and it was definitely the heaviest portion of the set. Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell was the next guest for “Mountain Song” and “Miss You.” Farrell was another highlight, with great stage energy despite being in his mid 50’s. Farrell missed some lyrics of “Miss You” and had some light hearted banter with Taylor Hawkins regarding it.

Trombone Shorty came out during “This Is A Call” like he did at a recent festival performance, throwing some variety into the show instrumentally. Grohl then discussed the guest from the night largely being friends that he called, but he said he wanted to play with someone that he never had, and that ended up being the next guest: Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth. Roth was a huge surprise, as he is not a part of Grohl’s usual cast of characters in his all star projects. Roth was on top form, telling a joke in a middle of a song about mixing up the word ketchup with ‘you’re a fucking bitch.’ “Panama” was one of the highlights of the night.

The show ended up Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, Slash, and Zakk Wylde coming out for “Let It Rock,” which was definitely the loudest performance of the night with 6 guitarists on stage. The show ended at 32 songs clocking in at well over 3 hours, it was definitely a special night that you can only really get in Los Angeles.

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4. Foo Fighters Release Surprise EP

Foo Fighters launched a mysterious website in October with a countdown clock ending in late November. They dropped clues to fans during the month long wait, with many fans eventually figuring out that the band would likely release the new songs they had recorded in Austin, Texas. This came to be last month, with the surprise Saint Cecilia EP release, which was dedicated to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.

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3. Dave Grohl Unveils His Throne

Dave Grohl made his return to the stage with Foo Fighters in July after breaking his leg in Washington DC for the band’s epic 20th anniversary concert at RFK Stadium. Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, Joan Jett, LL Cool J, and Trombone Shorty also performed. Grohl performed on a throne surrounded by guitars and even showed off footage of himself after his surgery for his broken leg. You can watch video of Foo Fighters performing “Everlong” below, followed by a photo of Grohl post surgery and a close up look at his throne.

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2. Dave Breaks His Leg, Keeps Playing

Dave Grohl broke his leg at Foo Fighters’ show in Gothenburg, Sweden in June when he fell into the pit during the second song of the set, “Monkey Wrench.” Grohl immediately knew something was wrong, and told the crowd he thought he had broken his leg. “I think I just broke my leg again. I think I really broke my leg. So you have my promise, right now, that the Foo Fighters, we’re gonna come back and finish the show. But right now…I’m gonna go to the hospital, I’mma fix my leg, but then I’mma come back, and we’re gonna play for you again. I’m so sorry.”

Grohl then told his bandmates they had to do ‘Chevy Metal,’ their side project covers act. Taylor Hawkins then took over vocals for part of the show, and said, “”Dave just broke his leg, in a big fucking way.” Grohl later returned and performed in a chair. “I may not be able to walk or run but I can still play guitar and scream,” Grohl told the crowd upon his return.

1. Foo Fighters Play Show For Rockin’ 1000 In Cesena

This is perhaps the greatest thing to happen in rock music so far this year. Foo Fighters made a dream a reality last month as they fulfilled their promise to play Cesena, Italy.

Back in July, an epic video of 1,000 Italian Foo Fighters fans playing “Learn to Fly” together went viral. The incredible initiative was spearheaded by visionary Fabio Zaffagnini, who spoke with Alternative Nation in an exclusive interview shortly after the video launched.

Dave Grohl immediately responded via a homemade video where he promised the Foo’s will be coming. Zaffagnini was also flown to Walla Walla, WA to meet the band before their Washington Park Community Center show in August. On October 22, the band announced the show would be happening, with tickets going on sale the next day.

“You want to sing a song? Ready T?” screamed Grohl before Foo Fighters opened the Cesena show with “Learn to Fly.”

“We’re here for a very very special reason. This has never happened before. This is like a revolution,” Grohl said as he expressed sincere gratitude to the joyous crowd.

“And then I fuckin’ cried because it was great,” Grohl continued before “Big Me.” “To see you people, singing our song for the whole fucking world, to me, it’s the greatest moment of my life. You should do the same thing, do it for U2, do it for Pearl Jam, do it for Soundgarden, do it for Rage Against the Machine.”

  • Felonious Punk

    Great article.

    Seriously, you peeps wonder why I champion this guy as the Messiah or something, but who else can say they had a year as epic as Dave Grohl’s? Dude made legit waves wherever in the world he went and had a blast doing it.

    You don’t have to like the guy’s music, but you can’t deny this dude is a fucking modern-day phenomenon and a pretty awesome one at that.

    • Corndog

      I think he is a douchebag. I’m sorry, i cannot lie.

      • Felonious Punk

        “I think he is a douchebag.”

        Because he’s awesome?

        • Corndog

          Yeah something like that.

          • Felonious Punk

            In that case, I think he’s a douche, too. Big time.

          • Corndog

            I knew you’s see it my way sooner or later:)

            Now, we just need to get you to show the proper respect to your uncle Eddie….

    • Jimmy Intense

      I just wish they would take more time between Foo’s releases. Dave needs to get TCV back together or something for me to be half as interested in his music again.

      That said, he will always be one of my favourite performers all around and he seems like a legit down to earth guy who cares for his fans. I’d give both nuts and all 3 nipples to jam with him even for a minute

      • Felonious Punk

        I want another TCV album, too. That first one is a fucking classic. I was admittedly a little miffed when I heard he was working on another Foos album after Wasting Light and Sonic Highways. TCV should at least operate on a once-every-four-years average. JPJ can’t possibly have that many touring years left in him.

        • Jimmy Intense

          Someone needs to create one of those online petitions you hear so much about…

          Pretty sure Josh is working on QOTSA (desert sessions would be a real treat) so a TCV reunion could still be a few years away if ever…

          I say if JPJ doesn’t want to do it when it’s time, get Alain Johannes in there. Dude can write and play anything. His contribution was my favorite part of Sound City

          • Felonious Punk

            I wouldn’t be adverse to AJ filling in for JPJ. Like you said, the dude can bring it no matter who he’s playing with.

            It just puzzles me why Dave and Josh didn’t do another TCV album after Wasting Light and Like Clockwork. When they were touring for the TCV album, all any of them could took about was how much fun they were having, and how they never wanted it to end. I gave up on another Desert Sessions album a long time ago though, lol.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Pretty sure they told the press a 2nd album wasn’t far behind the first but that was a few years ago. Fool me once, TCV…

          • Felonious Punk

            I think Josh will eventually rally enough notable musicians for another DS comp. But it probably won’t be for years, as a novelty sort of thing. He’s so busy with Queens, EODM, his Beats1 Alligator Hour show (which is awesome) and *hopefully* another TCV album in the next five years or so.

            I just hope he gets Mark Lanegan and P.J. Harvey and maaaybe Nick Olivieri back in the fold if he does DS stuff again. Those three always shined on those collaborations.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Agreed…too bad Natasha won’t be around to join Alain if more DS happens.

            I’ve heard Alligator Hour is good from a few others as well…will have to check it out.

          • Felonious Punk

            Yea, Natasha’s passing was a fuckin’ bummer. Eleven were never really my bag but some of their stuff I liked.

            At least we know Joey Castillo should be available now : /

          • Jimmy Intense

            Ha…

            I usually skip half of the songs on each Eleven album with the exception of Thunk

          • Felonious Punk

            Oh damn…I just noticed underneath that article you posted that Primal Scream have a new record coming out in March. Fucking sweet!

    • dakotablue

      I don’t have to, and I don’t. I find his music boring. As for a modern-day phenom? Only on the slowest of rock news days, when nada is going on. I think that’s why there’s so much Foos mess on this site.

      • Felonious Punk

        Grohl and Co. are clearly leading the modern rock vanguard these days. I can see where your denial would come into play, but seriously…how can anyone dislike Dave Grohl. Foo news is way better than the “Scott was drinking and drugging at the time of his death” news (surprise!), “Pearl Jam will probably tour in 2016” news, and the daily “Blogger of mom who used to babysit Duff’s cousin says Gn’R reunion imminent” bullshit.

        There’s your slow news stuff. The Foo news is the most entertaining “real” news on the site these days, by far.

        • Alternative Nation

          You’ve just summed up the site’s formula for the last month plus, and it’s been by far the site’s most successful month ever (even before Scott’s death). With most of the news I do right now I have to stretch with rumors
          because there’s ultimately nothing interesting going on. The amount of
          hits the rumors get though shows though that despite the bitching,
          people do want to read the rumors though since there’s nothing else to
          talk about.

          When Foo Fighters are on tour though, it’s easy news because there’s always something cool going on at their shows. Whatever you think of their recent output (Sonic Highways the album and Saint Cecilia didn’t impress me, Wasting Light blew both away), they’re just an incredible live band and Grohl is always doing awesome shit that is tailor made for articles with clickbait titles.

          I think Pearl Jam are the only live act of the cornerstone bands on here that are on the same level as Foo Fighters. Soundgarden and Alice In Chains just don’t appeal to me live at all any more. The Pumpkins are great live with Jimmy back, but that’s literally been 2 months of the last 6 and a half years.

          • Felonious Punk

            NOT TO PAT MYSELF ON THE BACK OR ANYTHING, but when you’re right, you’re right. It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to see that Grohl is the most interesting — and polarizing — subject on AltNation these days.

            And that’s the way it should be, because for a site that covers all aspects of the rock world, Grohl is clearly at the forefront. That’s not me praising the guy or trolling, either; it’s fact. No one, despite their personal feelings, can deny that this guy had one hell of a year. He’s an entertainer at heart.

            I don’t even think PJ are anywhere near the same level as the Foos either, tbh. Sorry Corndog, but they’re boring compared to what Dave and the Foos did this year. Granted, PJ’s South American shows were undeniably notable, but that was late in the game. Grohl killed it ALL YEAR, and no doubt generated a ton of site traffic for AltNation.

            I may play up the Foo love a bit for shits and giggles here, but I genuinely love Grohl’s music and his rock star personality. There’s simply nothing else like it, and love or hate the guy, it can’t be denied.

          • Felonious Punk

            Also…I’m not harshing on the PJ tour news or the Gn’R rumor news at all, Brett. Keep that shit coming, if that’s all that’s out there. Some of the funniest stuff in the comments sections are because of the daily Gn’R reunion rumors. Everyone here is smart enough to know that until an official announcement from the Gn’R came is made, nothing else is to be taken seriously. I actually look forward to what random Gn’R reunion rumor is going to show up on AltNation every day.