Ongoing History Daily: Dave Grohl’s first royalty cheque

Dave Grohl started playing drums professionally when he was just 17. He went through the usual indignities of being in struggling bands: touring in a crowded, crappy van, sleeping on the floors at fans’ houses, bad food, and playing gigs in weird places. It wasn’t until he joined Nirvana that he actually got a significant cheque.

It was for $400, which, to Dave was a fortune. He immediately went out and bought some of the things he wanted as a kid but could never afford. He bought himself a Nintendo and a BB gun. Within a week, all the money was gone and he was back to eating corndogs from 7-11 twice a day.

It’s safe to say that those days are far behind him. He’s also much more careful with his money.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Ongoing History Daily: Dave Grohl’s first royalty cheque

  • April 12, 2023 at 1:15 am

    Dave’s royalty check’s from NIRVANA probably pay him more than FOO¡!! #TRUTH…


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