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Dave Grohl Once Went to Extreme (& Hilarious) Lengths to Make it to a Daddy-Daughter Dance

Look, there are a lot of good stories about Dave Grohl but this may be the best one yet.

In a recent chat with Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus on his Apple music show After School Radio, the Foo Fighters’ singer and father-of-three recalled a time when he was right in the middle of touring Australia and found out there was a “daddy-daughter” dance at his children’s school…in Los Angeles.

And despite being across the other side of the world, he was not going to miss it. Ahhh, the things we do for our kids hey Dave?

“Maybe five years ago or something, I had to fly back from Australia for one day to take my kids to the daddy-daughter dance,” he tells Mark.


“Yeah, it was ridiculous. I mean I couldn’t not not go to this daddy-daughter dance. Like, it was not an option. And I told everybody, ‘I’m sorry, we’re going to have to cancel that Perth stadium because I have to do this thing.'”

But as it turns out, he didn’t have to cancel anything.

Dave and the Foo Fighters’ tour manager, Gus Brandt, came up with this wonderfully outrageous plan which involved heading straight to the airport after the band’s Adelaide gig, flying to Sydney then LA, being there for his kids’ dance, then getting right back on a flight to Australia in time for the Perth gig.

And it mostly went to plan, except for the return flight home:

“Within three or four hours, I’m like, oh my God, I felt like someone was stabbing me in the stomach… and I got the gnarliest food poisoning'” he laughs, describing how he spent “the next like, eight hours in the bathroom!”

And it didn’t end there. Oh no.

Dave was then handed a customs card by a flight attendant, including one that questioned him about having the Ebola virus.

“I’m looking at this card, it’s like, do you have any of these symptoms? It was like, nausea, diarrhoea, fever, chills. And I’m just like, Oh my God, they’re going to think I have Ebola and they’re going to put me in a room with people that have Ebola, then I’m going to get Ebola and I’m going to f***ing die at the airport in Australia.”

Luckily, he did not die, nor did he have Ebola. Dave did eventually made it back on stage a few hours later, which he says he prepped for through prayers to God and some Guinness.

And as for the Daddy-Daughter dance?

“The kids didn’t even f***ing care I was there. They were like, ‘Okay, dad. Bye.'”


Check out more of After School Radio with Mark Hoppus HERE.

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