Dave Grohl Almost Joined GWAR

In an interview with 'Rolling Stone,' the Foo Fighters frontman revealed what could have been

BY Kaelen BellPublished Sep 28, 2021

Somewhere in the vastness of the universe, there exists an alternate timeline where Dave Grohl drummed for GWAR instead of Nirvana

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the rock statesman dropped the revelation that he very nearly joined the heavy metal monsters before linking up with Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic, even going so far as to start designing his costume. 

"GWAR were looking for a drummer. And I talked to their guitar player Dewey about it. And he's like, it's great, and you get to design your own costume," he said. "As a drummer, you don't want something that covers your face fully. You want your arms to be free. So I was like, cool. So I started kind of drawing this thing."

But, as Grohl has apparently always been the patron dad of rock and roll, he turned the gig down for its non-family-friendly fluids. 

"At the time GWAR was a band that would draw like 700 people, right? Which is huge," he continued. "Then the more I thought about it, am I really gonna invite my uncle to see me play when there's like fake blood and cum shooting all over the place?"

Alas, we will never know what could have been.

Elsewhere in the interview, Grohl talks about the similarities between Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" — turns out Nirvana lifted more than just "Burn Rubber" — the difference between him and Rivers Cuomo, grieving Kurt Cobain, and a whole bunch of other stuff. Read the full interview here.

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