How Dave Grohl Conquered 2015 With a Broken Leg - Rolling Stone
Home Music Music Lists

How Dave Grohl Conquered 2015 With a Broken Leg

Rickrolling Westboro Baptist Church, drum-battling Animal and making the most of a nasty midconcert spill — we look back at Foo leader’s action-packed year

Dave Grohl; Year in Grohl

Kevin Winter/Getty

Dave Grohl has never exactly been the reclusive type, but 2015 saw the Foo Fighters frontman give new meaning to the word "ubiquitous."

From Record Store Day to awards shows, from the Foos' world tour (and two new EPs) to surprise guest appearances on other artists' shows and records, Grohl was seemingly everywhere at once this year, leading one to occasionally wonder if Congress had somehow passed a measure mandating his perpetually enthusiastic participation in any and all things rock-related.

Not that he needed any help from elected officials, of course. So intense was his will to rock, neither broken bones nor the Westboro Baptist Church nor hairy members of the Muppets could stop Dave Grohl in his neverending quest to deliver the goods. Here's a look back at 2015's Grohlian highlights.

Grohl; Muppets; Drum battle; year in Grohl; Animal

Courtesy of Muppets Instagram

December 1st: Grohl Faces Off With Animal in Epic Drum Battle

Hints of a hiatus notwithstanding, Dave Grohl was back in the spotlight in December, when he turned up on an episode of ABC's The Muppets to match sticks with the mighty Animal, drummer of the legendary Muppets band Electric Mayhem. "Now we see who best," growled the monosyllabic Muppet, kicking off a percussive duel that quickly escalated into chaos; one minute and two demolished drum kits later, Grohl and Animal each sullenly and simultaneously acknowledged the other as the victor. Grohl and Electric Mayhem also teamed up on Miss Piggy's show for a rendition of "Learn to Fly" that was so righteous, it inspired Gonzo to fire himself out of a cannon and fly over the studio back lot. If this was Dave's final appearance of 2015, it was quite a swell way to go out.

Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. Path Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. Plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch.