During their epic headline set at Lollapalooza 2021 last weekend, Foo Fighters were joined on stage by a special guest. Dave Grohl and Co. invited the lead singer’s daughter, Violet, to help them perform a song.
Towards the end of their set, Violet joined the Foos in performing an electric cover of X’s classic punk standard ‘Nausea’. The Grohl’s have shared their love for the song before – it was the first song the pair recorded together. There is also a familial link between the Grohl’s and X as the drummer, D.J. Bonebrake, are cousins through Grohl’s maternal grandmother.
Backed by her dad and the band at Chicago’s Grant Park, Violet delivered a brilliant performance. It is understandable to see why Violet has become an ever more frequent fixture at Foos shows across recent years. This year’s Lollapalooza appearance and the memorable Leeds Festival 2019 cameo have made her one to watch for the future.
Violet Grohl has clearly been busy over the last few years. She also provided backing vocals on the Foos most recent outing Medicine at Midnight, which was recorded at a “funky old house” in California.
Grohl told the BBC: “At around two or three o’clock (every day) I would take a break and go pick her up from school.” He recalled that “sometimes she’d want to come back to the house and she’d sit on the couch and do her homework.”
“One day, (producer) Greg Kurstin said: ‘Hey Violet, would you like to do a back-up vocal?’ And she got behind the microphone, she did a few takes and on the chorus of ‘Making A Fire’, that’s Violet’s high vocal in there.”
Grohl then humorously remembered: “It seemed very natural but it didn’t seem official until my accountant called a few months ago and asked where she should deposit Violet’s cheque.”
It seems even with her dad a huge rockstar, normality does not escape Violet: “And I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ She said, ‘Well, she sang on the album so she has to be paid for playing on the record.’ And I said, ‘You can take that money and give it to me, and I’ll put it in an account for Violet that she can open when she’s 18 years old!'”
Regardless, Grohl has described his budding rockstar as “the best vocalist in the Grohl family” and has admitted it to be a dream of his to one day play the drums for her in her own band.
Check out the triumphant Lollapalooza set, below.