Dave Grohl (14th January 1969) is most famously known as the front man for stadium rockers The Foo Fighters.
Having started his musical career as a drummer, Dave played in a string of Washington based bands without making a real break through to a global audience.
But this would soon come when Grohl, in 1990 became the drummer for grunge group Nirvana.
Although taking a back seat to the seminal styling of Kurt Cobain, Dave would feature on some of the definitive tracks to come out of America in the 1990's.
Upon its release, Nirvana's second album 'Nevermind' exceeded all expectations and became a massive hit. Illuminating the band as a global success singles like: 'Smells like teen spirit' and 'Come as you are' seemingly made the band a household name almost overnight.
Seemingly destined on a path of destruction, Grohl's demons of fighting with his status in the band grew from early on.
While his drumming style was a significant element in the band's success, Grohl saw himself as just another in a long line of drummers.
In his mind, Nirvana was the band that recorded Bleach; his arrival had altered that sound dramatically, and, as he saw it, not necessarily in a positive way.
Though Grohl had been writing songs for several years, he declined to introduce his songs to the band for fear of altering the unique chemistry the band had.
Instead, Grohl compiled his songs and recorded them himself, releasing a cassette called Pocketwatch in 1992 on indie label Simple Machines. Rather than using his own name, Grohl released the cassette under the pseudonym 'Late!'.
'In Utero' followed for Nirvana in September 1993 and was to be their third and final album release. Dave Grohl again played drums and recorded backing vocals and although apparently the album wasn't a hit with the label, the fans disagreed.
Reaching number one in both the UK and US album charts, the album picked up where 'Nevermind' left off.
Singles included 'Heart shaped box' and 'All apologies' had mixed featuring in the both the UK and US singles charts but the album still was a huge hit.
On April 5th, 1994 tragedy struck for the band when the pressures of fame took a fatal toll on Nirvana's front man, Kurt Cobain. Committing suicide the band had no option but to go their separate ways.
Post-Nirvana - The Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl naturally found himself unsure of what to do after the death of Cobain. Fleeting stints playing with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Pearl Jam ended and Grohl decided to record on his own.
After laying down a 15 track demo and wooing attention form Capitol records, Grohl then went on to form the Foo Fighters, a group in which he sings and plays guitar.
The bands popularity has grown and The Foo Fighters are now in their own right a globally recognised rock band. With six albums released and a string of hit singles Dave Grohl has made the perceived possible leap career wise after the tragic death of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana.