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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Reflects On Almost Joining GWAR, Blothar Reacts


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Foo Fighters frontman/guitarist Dave Grohl has enjoyed decades of success through his work with the aforementioned band and his time in Nirvana. However, as Grohl recently told Rollingstone.com, things could have turned out a lot different for him. Early on his career, Grohl nearly wound up joining GWAR.

Here’s what he had to say on that:

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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?”

The band’s current lead singer and former bassist Mike Bishop confirmed the news to Rolling Stone, telling them:

“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.”

Bishop‘s alter ego Blothar however had a different take on the events, offering:

“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.”

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