Dave Grohl’s teenage fan letter to Minor Threat and Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye unearthed

Foo Fighters frontman wrote fan mail to MacKaye when he was 14 years old

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has posted a piece of fan mail he sent to Fugazi and Minor Threat man Ian MacKaye when he was 14 years old.

US musician MacKaye has long been cited as a major influence on Grohl, with both his hardcore band and post-hardcore band inspiring the former Nirvana drummer when he was younger. Now, Grohl has taken to Twitter to share a part of the letter, which was recently unearthed by MacKaye himself.

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The segment of the letter, which dates back to 1983 (the year Minor Threat disbanded), reads: “Good thrash so I was wondering if you could give me some numbers of people to get in touch with. It would help. Thanx. David Grohl.” Grohl also includes his phone number in the letter, which he says he could only be contacted on between 3pm-10pm (presumably Grohl’s bedtime at the time).

See a picture of the fan letter below.

Ian MacKaye recently featured in the Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways TV series, which saw the band record each individual track from their album of the same name in a different US city. MacKaye was interviewed in Washington, DC. Watch a clip of MacKaye’s cameo below.


Foo Fighters recently kicked off their UK and Ireland tour at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light with an epic, two and-a-half hour performance on Monday night (May 25). Having also played Manchester earlier this week, the band will stop off in Ireland, London and Edinburgh before their Glastonbury Festival headline slot at the end of June.

Foo Fighters play:

Ireland Slane Castle (May 30)
London Wembley Stadium (June 19, 20)
Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium (23)