As we get set to honor those ladies who have taken on the task of raising spawn this weekend, I’d like to salute one of the great mothers in alternative rock history: Here’s why Virginia Hanlon Grohl rocks so much, IMHO:
SHE WROTE A BOOK ON RAISING FAMOUS MUSICIANS
In this interview, we not only learn a little bit about her book From Cradle To Stage (where she interviews the mothers of Dr. Dre, Michael Stipe, and Mike D. from the Beastie Boys) — we learn that Dave and his mom used to belt out tunes while driving around in the car.
SHE WAS A HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER — AND ALLOWED DAVE TO DROP OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL
From an interview with the Washington Post: “Everyone thought I was out of my mind,” said Grohl, 79. “I knew it was risky, yeah, but it seemed to me a way that he would learn about the world, and that’s what education is supposed to be. It’s not about getting all the answers, but showing you how to learn.”
SHE GOES ON TOUR WITH DAVE
In fact, the two of them are north of the border this weekend for Canadian Music Week, where Dave will interview his mother about her famous book. Virginia has been known to hit up many Foo Fighters gigs over the years, including their stop at Wrigley Field in 2015. Here’s Dave and the crowd singing “Happy Birthday” to his cousin and mom.
DAVE’S MOM HAS NO PROBLEM EMBARRASSING HER SON ON STAGE
For her birthday one year, Dave Grohl took her to a jazz club. She told him to jump on stage and show off his skills. He had no idea how out of his league he would soon be:
So, Happy Mother’s Day to ALL the awesome moms out there. I know there’s a little Virginia Grohl spirit in all of you if you’re hanging with us at 101WKQX. — [eric]
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“But beyond any biological information, there is love, something that defies all science and reason. And that, I am most fortunate to have been given. It’s maybe the most defining factor in anyone’s life. Surely an artist’s greatest muse. And there is no love like a mother’s love. It is life’s greatest song. We are all indebted to the women who have given us life. For without them, there would be no music.” – David Grohl — #FromCradleToStage out April 18. Preorder available now. Link in bio: http://amzn.to/2nG8zU8