Dave Grohl speaks about how a trip to Kerry inspired him to set up Foo Fighters 1 week ago

Dave Grohl speaks about how a trip to Kerry inspired him to set up Foo Fighters

"This was the moment that changed everything."

Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl has spoken about how a visit to Ireland in the '90s had a profound effect on his life, ultimately leading to the creation of Foo Fighters.

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Grohl was left devastated by the death by suicide of bandmate and friend Kurt Cobain in 1994, and took a trip to Ireland, where he had visited years earlier with his mother.

Speaking on the Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 on Friday, Grohl said one moment of his trip in particular galvanised his mind on what he should do.

"It was after Nirvana ended, I wasn't entirely sure what I was going to do, I didn't necessarily want to play music," Grohl said.

"I was young, I think I was 25 years old and I had been to Ireland before and made my way around the Ring of Kerry once before and so I rented a car and wound up driving.

"I flew over and I just started driving around you know just sort of trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life and as I was coming around this country road, I saw a hitchhiker and I thought, you know, he was young and it was sort of raining and I was thinking 'oh I might pick him up'.

"And then as I got closer I noticed he had a Kurt Cobain t-shirt on and then that was the moment that I realised that I was like, you know, I need to go home and figure this out and that's when I started the Foo Fighters."

In his memoir Dave Grohl: The Storyteller, Grohl revealed that "this was the moment that changed everything".

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We imagine he's neither the first nor the last person to have an epiphany while travelling around the glorious Ring of Kerry.