Dave Grohl has revealed to Rolling Stone magazine that he was in serious contention to join GWAR as a drummer back when he was a teenage drum prodigy living in the suburbs of Washington D.C.
"GWAR were looking for a drummer," says Grohl. "And I talked to their guitar player Dewey 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?"
After Rolling Stone first published Grohl's comments, Mike Bishop, GWAR's former bassist and current lead singer, confirmed the story, saying in a statement: "Our guitar player Dewey [Flattus Maximus] 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," Mike said. "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, her could have been working his ass off playing drums in a rubber monster suit all these years. Boy did he make the wrong choice."
However, Bishop's alter ego in the band, the Blöthar The Berserker, offered a different take on the situation.
"Grohl remembers this ALL wrong!" he said. "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 and half minutes. He was holding us back."
Dave Brockie, who fronted GWAR under the name Oderus Urungus, died in March 2014 of an accidental heroin overdose in his home in Richmond, Virginia. He was last remaining original member of GWAR, which was founded 37 years ago. He was 50 years old.
The satirical metal band earned a following for its macabre, over-the-top costumes, offensive lyrics and graphic, gore-soaked shows, in which the bandmembers performed as the descendants of alien warriors who arrived on Earth to enslave and slaughter the human race.
Back in September 2014, FOO FIGHTERS paid tribute to Brockie at their crowdsourced gig in Richmond. At the concert, Grohl, who got his start drumming on the Washington D.C. hardcore scene and grew up in a nearby Virginia suburb, told the crowd: "One of the greatest compliments, or non-compliments, that I have ever gotten in my life, I remember seeing this interview with Dave Brockie where they asked Brockie about a Grammy nomination, and somehow he made his way to me, and he said, 'Dave Grohl, he's actually had his teeth removed so he could fit more Grammy dicks in his fucking mouth.' So, right now, I give it up to Brockie. He would fucking hate that I dedicated a fucking song to him."
Grohl was born 100 miles north in the town of Springfield, Virginia. His mother was in attendance at the Richmond show.
Grohl is currently promoting his new book "The Storyteller", which is due on October 5 via Dey Street Books and Simon & Schuster.