Why Dave Grohl has a life-long "bromance" with Taylor Hawkins

17 February 2019, 13:00 | Updated: 17 February 2019, 13:01

The Foo Fighters frontman has recalled a drinking game with the drummer, and revealed how he knew they'd be "best friends for life".

Dave Grohl knew he'd be “best friends for life” with Taylor Hawkins when he met him.

Speaking to Radio X's Gordon Smart ahead of Foo Fighters' gig at Manchester's Etihad Stadium in June 2018, the frontman recalled a drinking game between them when he first joined the band.

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The Learn To Fly rocker revealed: “He doesn’t drink any more but I do remember when he first joined the band, we were like in love with each other. The first time we had a beer together, we were like, we’re gonna be best friends for life. And it’s true, we’re like this."

Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters perform at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 13, 2013
Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters perform at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 13, 2013. Picture: Taylor Hill/FilmMagic/Getty images

Grohl continued: "So he joins the band, and I had him come over to my house in Los Angeles and we sat in front of my stereo and we played records, with a bottle of tequila.

"We’d do a shot of tequila and listen to a song, do a shot of tequila and listen to a song, do a shot… And the he started saying, let’s do two in a row, so he’d do two tequilas in a row, then listen to a song… then we’d do three in a row and he went, Hold on… and he went to the bathroom and just threw up all over the place.

"He came back and said, right let’s do FOUR in a row…”

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Grohl also revealed to Radio X which support act has most impressed them on tour.

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Speaking to Gordon Smart, he named British band The Struts, adding: "I guess they don’t get a lot of love in England, but in America, they’re the best opening band we’ve ever had.

“That kid Luke [Spiller], the singer, it’s unbelievable.

"He’ll walk out in front of an audience in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where nobody has ever heard of them and by the end of the show he’ll have the entire audience in the palm of his hand.”

He added: "I love seeing that. To see an audience turn like that is not easy.”

The Struts in 2018
The Struts in 2018. Picture: Danny Clinch/Press

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The rocker also revealed how he came to be known as Dave Grohl instead of David Grohl.

"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..."

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"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.