Foo Fighters rocker Dave Grohl has turned his band into a family affair. His daughter Violet just made her TV performance debut alongside her ol’ pop for a cover of the 1980s punk band X’s song “Nausea.” We are loving the Runaways “Cherry Bomb” vibe to her vocals and look!
Dave and Violet were joined by Dave Lombardo and Greg Kurstin for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance, but we cannot overlook the fact that his former Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic was also there to play bass. Guys, this is basically a Nirvana reunion!
Their cover of “Nausea” also appears in Dave’s new documentary What Drives Us which premieres on Friday. The doc, which pays tribute to the hallowed institution of live performance, includes interviews with famous rockers Lars Ulrich, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Flea, Slash, Exene Cervenka of X and The Edge, among others.
Dave and Violet also have a personal relationship to the punk band X who originally wrote and recorded the song “Nausea” in the '80s. As Dave wrote on Instagram recently, he is distantly related to X’s drummer! This song is basically an ode to family.
This isn’t the first time young Violet has rocked alongside her “Learn To Fly” rocker dad either. She also provides the backing vocals on his “Medicine at Midnight” album (which came out in February thanks to a certain 10-year-old).
“Violet is an incredibly talented musician," he told the BBC. "She can pick up an instrument and learn it within a week. She has perfect pitch and sings from her gut. And she's well aware that she's the best vocalist in the Grohl family."
"To be her drummer is one of my life dreams," he added. You might remember Dave started his career as the head-banging drummer in Nirvana.
Recalling how Violet got the backing vocal gig, Dave also said: "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.”
Well, her performance on "Nausea" certainly follows in a long line of amazing rock vocalists, like early Dolores O’Riordan, Chrissie Hynde, Debbie Harry, The Runaways, and dare we say it, Courtney Love. That’s right, we said it!
[video_embed id='2156960']BEFORE YOU GO: Dave Grohl runs us through a typical day of dad duties and rock star sessions [/video_embed]