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David Eric "Dave" Grohl (born January 14, 1969) is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. Grohl began his music career in the 1980s as the drummer for several Washington, D.C., area bands, including the hardcore punk band Scream. In 1990 he became the drummer for grunge group Nirvana. Following the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in April 1994, Grohl formed Foo Fighters as frontman and songwriter. In addition to leading Foo Fighters, Grohl has also been involved in other musical projects, including Queens of the Stone Age and his heavy metal side project Probot, and has performed session work for a variety of musicians, including Killing Joke, Tenacious D, Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy and, most recently, Them Crooked Vultures with Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).

Grohl's Zeppelin worship goes all the way back to his teenage years, when he got the first of three Zep-inspired tattoos - he's got John Bonham's three-circle Led Zeppelin IV logo tattooed in three places. "I did the first one myself when I was 16," he says. "I tried to get different colored ink to make it seem pro, but now it looks like someone put a cigarette out on my fucking arm."

The second was slightly more professional: he got it done in an illegal squat in Amsterdam. "It was done by an Italian guy named Andrea whose tattoo gun was made out of a doorbell machine," he says. "When my mother saw it, she was like, "David!" I was like, "Mom, I've done a lot worse shit than this, believe me. Look at my other arm."

And the last one Grohl paid for with his first check - that would be $400 - from being in Nirvana. "Kurt and I were living with each other in Olympia. The place was so depressing," he says. "I took the $400 and bought a Nintendo, a BB gun - mind you, I was 21, not 12 - and got that tattoo.

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