Check out Harper Grohl following in her dad’s footsteps and playing the drums with the Foo Fighters. Even if you’re not a Foo Fighters fan, it’s common knowledge that before forming the band, Dave Grohl was the drummer for Kurt Cobain’s band, Nirvana.
Following Cobain’s tragic suicide in 1994, Grohl started the Foo Fighters as a solo project. The following year, he released an album of songs he had written himself, simply titled Foo Fighters. Most impressively, he performed the vocals and all instruments himself except for one song.
The album was a success, and Grohl recruited the rest of the band. The rest is history. The band has enjoyed tremendous success and has released ten studio albums, five live albums, four compilation albums and 57 singles. Seven of their studio albums went to number one across the world. As a result, the Foo Fighters have won 15 Grammys, 5 Brit Awards and 3 NME Awards.
Grohl married his second wife, Jordyn Bloom, in 2003. Their first daughter Violet Maye was born in 2006, Harper Willow in 2009 and Ophelia Saint in 2014. Violet and Harper both seem musically inclined, like their dad. Violet has already sung onstage with the Foo Fighters, and this wonderful video shows Harper’s skill on the drums.
They performed together at Iceland’s Secret Solstice Festival in June 2017. Dad, Dave, introduced Harper and shared with the crowd how she learned to play. Harper told her dad that she wanted to learn to play. Grohl continued the story:
“And I said, ‘Do you want me to teach you?’ She said, ‘Yes.’ And then I said, ‘Do you want to get up in front of 20,000 people in Iceland and play?’ And she said, ‘Yes.’”
That’s one brave 8-year-old! Few of us would be confident enough to perform in front of that number of people after decades of practice. It’s very sweet to see Taylor Hawkins give up his seat at the drums and help her get settled in. Harper kicked off with the very first song she learned to play, the epic We Will Rock You by Queen.
The rest of the band played and sang along, including Hawkins, who added vocals as his drumming skills were not required. Harper looked so confident, which is amazing for such a young girl. She absolutely nails the song and looks delighted to be there with her dad and his band.
For his part, pride and joy just radiate out of Grohl as he watches his little girl follow in his footsteps. It’s such an uplifting and heartwarming video. If two Grohls onstage are not enough for you, we have you covered. Check out Violet and Harper, both performing with their dad in 2018. Harper played the drums, and Violet sang at the Notes and Words concert, a benefit to raise money for San Francisco’s UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Will The Grohl Family band follow in the footsteps of the Foo Fighters? Let’s all stay tuned!
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