Dave Grohl Reveals Why Nirvana Forced Him To Change His Name

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl told Radio X‘s Gordon Smart in a new interview about the pivotal moment he became known by different name.

Dave Grohl is famous across the globe for being the lead singer of the Foo Fighters, the drummer of Nirvana and one of the nicest guys in rock.

But it could have all been very different…

When speaking to the Learn To Fly rocker ahead of their gig at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium, Gordon Smart referred to him as David Grohl, explaining that he was under strict instructions from his mother Virgina who he interviewed last year.

“This is the thing,” exclaimed the rocker. “That’s how I could tell people that have known me before Nirvana.

“Because on the record Nevermind I think I’m credited as Dave Grohl, so after that everyone just called me [that].

“But my entire life everyone had called me David, then I became a Dave…”

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, his middle name is Eric, which makes the rocker’s full name David Eric Grohl.

In the interview, Grohl also talked about the his worst gig, which he’s also dubbed their best gig.

Speaking of the moment he fell offstage at a show in Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2015, he explained: “I thought this is the worst gig of my life. And then we got up onstage and finished the show and it was the BEST show of our entire career!”