Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: The one time Dave Grohl wasn’t so nice

For years, Dave Grohl has had the reputation of being the nicest man in rock. He’s proven to be kind, generous, charitable, and often working as a behind-the-scenes cook for events feeding the less fortunate. But there was one time that he’d probably like to have back.

Back in the early days with Nirvana, he decided to pull a prank on some unsuspecting woman at a karaoke bar. At the time, Dave had a pocket full of business cards from the various record reps who were pursuing the band. After she was finished singing, Dave—or it might have been Krist Novoselic, but Dave was definitely involved—gave this woman one of those A&R business cards and said “You’re really good! Call me an we should talk.”

At some point the woman called the number on the card and—well, you can imagine what happened next. Dave has no idea who that person was, but wherever she is, he still feels bad and punking her.

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.

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