Dave Grohl turns 44 today, and we're celebrating with four Foo Fighters cover stories from the SPIN archives. Read 'em all for an illuminating look at the nicest dude in rock's evolution from giddy Nirvana grad to a defiant bandleader in his own right:
"Nirvana was nuts, it was crazy. I made my way through all of that other bullshit, and now I'm back to square one. That feels nice." Bonus: SPIN goes to the Playboy Mansion with Pat Smear!
"Shit, it could have been better [without me]. What happened in Nirvana happened because of timing. It could have been us or Jane's Addiction or the Pixies or Hüsker Dü."
"If there were anything I could tell a young band, it'd be just "Don't do coke." Go take Ecstasy and fuck your friends and buy giant bags of weed and wear a condom."
"Most people just assume that any song I've written about loss or death or anger is about Kurt or Courtney. But I've been surrounded by musicians for 20 fucking years; there's a lot of people that have gone that direction."
"Your personal history is a part of what happens with your hands and your head as you play music. So when I look up at Krist bouncing around the stage and I'm beating the shit out of my drums, it's hard not to remember and reminisce. You look up and smile, like, 'Oh my God, first of all, we survived, but also we're still playing.'"