Before Nirvana, there was Scream: a pioneering Washington DC hardcore band who released a string of LPs on Dischord records across the 1980’s. In 1986, a young drum prodigy by the name of Dave Grohl played on their fourth album 'No More Censorship'. The band disbanded in late 1990, although Scream guitarist Franz Stahl later joined a fledgling Foo Fighters in 1997.
14The Zac Brown Band
Grohl proved his musical dexterity by going country in 2013 with the Zac Brown Band. The Foos frontman both produced and played drums on their 'The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1' of 2013, also appearing with the group at the Country Music Awards.
Rock trio RDGLDGRN were recording their debut EP at Sound City Studios while Grohl was filming his rock doc on the famous studio. Taking a wild stab in the dark, they approached Dave for a helping hand, and he obliged by playing drums on their track 'I Love Lamp'.
12The Birds of Satan
Foos bandmate Taylor Hawkins helms this side project, who recently released their debut, self-titled LP in April 2014. Ol' Grohly boy was on hand to lend some help on a couple of the tracks, while Foo Fighters' guitarist Pat Smear also appeared on the record.
Thought hip-hop was the only genre eluding the Foos man? Think again. Grohl played drums on two separate rock remixes of Puff Daddy’s 1997 smash, ‘It’s All About the Benjamins’. Weirdly, the track also featured The Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson and Rob Zombie.
Dave contributed a multi-instrumental turn when he worked on Cat Power's 2003 LP 'You Are Free', playing drums on lead single 'He War' and both bass and drums on 'Speak For Me'.
One of Dave's most enduring extra-curricular commitments has been with comedy rock duo Tenacious D. Most famously, he played a guitar-wielding devil in the video for their track 'Tribute', but he also drummed on all the songs from their 2001 self-titled album and also featured on every track bar one on 2012's 'Rize Of The Fenix'.
'Nevermind' producer Butch Vig asked Grohl to drum on the track 'Bad Boyfriend' from Garbage's 2005 album 'Bleed Like Me'. According to Vig, he had been frustrated at his own drumming on the track when, luckily, he ran into Grohl at a party. Butch said: "He [Grohl] started playing these Keith Moon fills. Ironically, I then had to figure out his part – which was a bitch!"
A long-time fan of post-punk legends Killing Joke, Grohl joined his idols in 2003 to work on their 12th studio album. Originally intended to be one of three drummers on the record, he demanded to play on all the tracks and allegedly declined payment to work with the band.
Beatles legend Paul McCartney found himself at the centre of a long awaited ‘Nirvana reunion’ in December 2012, when he joined Grohl, Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic to perform the track ‘Cut Me Some Slack’ for a Hurricane Sandy fundraiser. The song was released alongside Grohl’s ownSound Citydocumentary and won Best Rock Song at the 2014 Grammys.