Dave Grohl’s first story on the Dave’s True Stories Instagram account talks about moving back to Virginia in 1998.
Grohl describes being a “fireworks junkie” when he set up shop in Springfield, Virginia and built a studio to record the Foo Fighters album There Is Nothing Left to Lose. When bringing the studio console he’d bought from Nashville back to Virginia, he stopped at a fireworks store and bought so much that “surprisingly, I got out of there without having to refinance my house.”
On the Fourth of July he went to visit his mother and sister, and brought “the most harmless-looking thing that I could find. I think it was called ‘Cracklin’ Thunder’ or something like that. Nowhere as near as intimidating as some of the other goodies I had stockpiled.” When he saw a neighbor lighting off some fireworks, Grohl asked if he could light off what he had.
But what he didn’t do was stabilize it before lighting it up, and chaos reigned. “Lawnchairs flying, grandmas running, dads in shorts scattering, ears ringing from the deafening sound of a thousand explosions all around us.”
Grohl ends by saying, “I’ve never to this day touched another firework.” Read the whole lengthy story at Grohl’s Instagram.