Dave Grohl

By EW Staff
Updated June 19, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Dave Grohl: Anton Corbijn

Dave Grohl made EW’s It List

Age 34

Why Him? As frontman for the Foo Fighters and part-time drummer for Queens of the Stone Age, Killing Joke, Cat Power, and, for all we know, YOUR band, the former Nirvana timekeeper may be the busiest man in rock — and is definitely one of the funniest. Playing ”London Calling” at the Grammys’ Clash tribute alongside Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello only confirmed Grohl’s hard-won place among rock royalty.

Moment of Ubiquity ”It was strange for about a month there, where I’d turn on the radio and hear ‘All My Life’ from the new Foo Fighters record, then change the channel and hear ‘You Know You’re Right’ from the Nirvana thing, then hear ‘No One Knows’ from Queens of the Stone Age. I started to feel like the alternative-rock P. Diddy. [BELCHES] Which is a little frightening.”

Favorite Band Fellow It Listers My Morning Jacket.

Notes on the Boss ”He’ll laugh at anything. Like, ‘Hey, Bruce, your shoe’s untied.’ Ahahahah!! For someone who seems like he’s bearing the weight of the world on his shoulders, he’s, like, the happiest dude I’ve ever met in my life.”

Next An August marriage to TV producer Jordyn Blum. A ”full-on instrumental band” (in the jazz-punk vein of Black Flag side project Gone) with Foo drummer Taylor Hawkins and producer Nick Raskulinecz. And the long-awaited release of the Probot album, on which Grohl plays all instruments and cedes vocals to luminaries like Motörhead’s Lemmy and Sepultura’s Max Cavalera.