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Fathers Pride …
August 23, 2018, 6:15 am
Filed under: A Bit Of Inspiration, Attitude & Aptitude, Dad, Daddyhood, Emotion, Family, Mum & Dad

Dave Grohl.

One of the founders of Nirvana.

Founder of The Foo Fighters.

Drummer. Guitarist. Singer.

He’s the rock star everyone likes even if they don’t like his songs.

Permanently positive, continually upbeat with a dollop of mischievousness thrown in for good measure.

He cares deeply about his fans … whether that’s playing a festival in Italy after someone sent him a video of a bunch of musicians playing ne of his songs or just inviting people on stage to play with the band.

But there’s something not everyone knows and that’s how good a dad he is.

For example, come rain or snow, Dave Grohl takes his kids to school and picks them up again.

Every single day.

In his family wagon.

No glitz, no glamour, just as normal a family life that an international rock star can give his kids.

Of course, there’s the odd exception.

When his kids school was having a fundraiser, he played a private concert there with Paul Stanley of KISS and Sammy Hagar, ex-Van Halen.

However recently, he has started to introduce his kids to the wider World.

Not in some fame hungry way, but in terms of letting them express their own musical talent.

At a recent concert in Oakland, Los Angeles, he played back-up musician to Violet – his 12 year old daughter – as she sang Adele’s ‘When We Were Young’.

Putting aside her incredible voice, it’s the various looks of utter pride he has on his face as he witnesses his daughter invigorate a crowd with her flawless vocals.

I love how he doesn’t try to take the spotlight.

I love how he has a huge grin on his face when she hits the high notes perfectly.

I love how he knows her voice is better than his and he’s so proud of that fact.

I imagine it’s similar to how Robert Plant felt when he watched Heart perform Stairway To Heaven at the Kennedy Centre and realised he had done something that would outlive him.

I have to admit, it brought tears to my eyes.

I look at my precious boy – Otis – and wonder if that will ever happen to me.

Where I get to witness him express his passion, in some way. Whatever it is.

I hope so.

I don’t say that because I worry he might not have a passion, I say it because I worry I may go before he discovers it.

Being an older Dad brings with it a whole bunch of worries and insecurities.

I don’t regret it because I wasn’t ready for it before, but being 48 years old and having a father who died at 60, there is a nagging worry that I may only have 12 more years left.

Of course I know the age of my Dad does not mean that will be the age I die, but I worry …

I want to see Otis grow up.

Sure, there’s a big part of me that thinks he’s doing that too quickly already, but I long to see him do things that he is passionate about. I long to experience that uncontrollable smile as I witness my little boy do things he loves.

And that’s why the video of Dave Grohl and his daughter really hit me.

Because I know that whatever success he has achieved in his life as a rockstar, it won’t be as amazing as him seeing his daughter live her truth.

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fuck me campbell, youre sentimental on steroids today. i must be fucked up too because i like this post. kill me now.

Comment by andy@cynic

his daughter comes across as grounded, talented and lovely. good dadding. and i thought grohl was just a constantly gurning for the fucking camera, media whoring, long haired, needy asshole.

Comment by andy@cynic

She was until he started putting her on stage.

Comment by John

I almost feel sorry for the internationally famous, multi, multi millionaire Dave Grohl.

Comment by DH

I agree David. It’s all a bit nasty for someone who seems to deserve nothing but praise.

Comment by George

The most important thing from all this bitchiness is that there’s hope for Otis to continue developing into a wonderful and independent kid despite me being his Dad.

Comment by Rob

Otis is saved by who his Mum is.

Comment by DH

but who the fuck is there to save jill?

Comment by andy@cynic

Grohl is a stage dad.

Comment by Billy Whizz

That’s harsh.

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Comment by Rob

His daughter is very talented. She made me like an Adele song.

Comment by DH

Great post and video Robert, despite you now highlighting Dave Grohl is another adult humiliating my attempts to be a good father.

Comment by George

This is lovely. He’s lovely. Have you ever seen an interview with him and his mum? She’s marvellous too.

Comment by Marcus

His Mum wrote a book that features interviews with other rock stars mum’s. It’s delightful.

Comment by George

Yes, it’s great. You can tell where he gets his humour and humanity from. You can read more about it here:

Comment by Rob

This post has made me like an Adele song and want to buy a book. I am very scared right now.

Comment by DH

I love this. Thank you for posting.

Comment by Mary Bryant

A lovely video though I am not sure how many of the audience wanted to see his family perform rather than his band.

Comment by Lee Hill

Funny, John Dodds has sent me an email basically saying the same thing.

I get what you mean but if you’re a real fan of the band – or Dave Grohl – I think they’d love getting to see/meet the family of their favorite artist because it would make them feel even closer to the band.

Of course it doesn’t make them really closer to the band, but that’s the mindset of the delusional fan and I know that more than most.

But none of this matters because this wasn’t a Foo Fighters gig, it was a concert for the school so the audience was there to support that cause more than specific artists.

Comment by Rob

I was less polite than Lee.

Comment by John

no fucking shit doddsy.

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