Dave Grohl nearly joined GWAR, hear what Dave and Blothar had to say about it

Posted by on September 29, 2021



Foo Fighters are the biggest rock band around. Dave Grohl has been a huge part of the band’s massive success. But things may have turned out very differently if Dave had, let’s say, joined GWAR? Apparently in an interview with RollingStone, Grohl recalls how that almost actually happened.

Dave says:

“GWAR were looking for a drummer. And I talked to their guitar player Dewey [Rowell, aka ‘Flattus Maximus’] about it. And he’s, like, ‘It’s great, and you get to design your own costume.’ As drummer, you don’t want something that covers your face fully. You want your arms to be free. So I was, like, “Cool.’ So I started kind of drawing this thing. At the time GWAR was a band that would draw like 700 people, right? Which is huge. And then the more I thought about it, am I really gonna invite my uncle to see me play when there’s like fake blood and cum shooting all over the place?”

Former GWAR bassist and current vocalist Mike Bishop told Rolling Stone:

“Our guitar player Dewey was booking shows in Richmond at the time and we had all seen Dave play with his bands Dain Bramage and later on in Scream. He was already one of the greatest, hardest-hitting drummers I had ever seen. He still is. Dewey called and started the conversation with him about joining GWAR. I was stoked, because I played bass at the time, and I would have loved to jam with him. Just think, he could have been working his ass off playing drums in a rubber monster suit all these years. Boy, did he make the wrong choice.”


Blothar, Bishop’s alter ego in GWAR, remembers it this way:

“He used to hang around the track with all the other young punks jacked on gak. This is back before he lost all his teeth. We hired him and then called him back immediately and fired him. He was in the band for around 7.5 min. He was holding us back.”

Ah what might have been!






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