There Goes My Hero: How Dave Grohl Helped His Mother on 9/11

Virginia Grohl remembers ending up on tour bus with Gov't Mule.

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There Goes My Hero: How Dave Grohl Helped His Mother on 9/11
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An excerpt from Dave Grohl's mom Virginia's new book "From Cradle to Stage" has surfaced via Relix. The source reports:

"Virginia Grohl recounts a story that took place shortly after the horrific attacks that she watched from her home just minutes from Washington, DC.

"With her kids in California at the time, they urged their mother to get out of harm's way and to the opposite coast, but with no air travel she was tasked with finding a ride.

"'I tried to enlist a friend to accompany me, but her responsibilities would keep her in Virginia,'" she writes. After bailing on the idea of leaving, Dave called her up with an idea.

"'A short time later David called back. 'Mom, can you be ready in two hours? I've found a tour bus.'' That tour bus pulled up holding just one passenger - former Gov't Mule tour manager Matt Busch (who reported on this meeting for Jambands in 2001). 'We got on the highway and headed east. We were driving to the outskirts of New York City where the final passenger, Warren Haynes, would board.'

"So with Haynes, Busch and Mama Grohl in tow, the bus headed west with its first stop in Denver where Gov't Mule was at least attempting to kick off a tour (they would) on September 14. 'Four disparate souls, confused by the chaotic events of the day, driving out of harm's way to further uncertainty,' she writes.

"The bus ride seemed to prove therapeutic, as Grohl recounts the four strangers swapping stories and consoling each other in troubling, emotional times. When the bus pulled up to Denver, Grohl and the bus driver Barney decided to hang around for Mule's show, where Virginia got a crash course in the world of jam bands.

"'I later realized that some of their remarkable hospitality was chemically induced,' she jokes when discussing the overwhelming friendliness of the crowd at the show. 'I was in the midst of swaying, gyrating fans, not the jumping-bean Foo Fighters fans I was used to. It felt like what I imagined a Grateful Dead reunion would be.'

"While Virginia, Haynes, Busch and Barney parted ways in Denver, they would meet again a few days later as Gov't Mule stopped in Hollywood, CA for a show at the House of Blues. Virginia attended and this time brought her rock star son, who sat in on the final song of the night with Warren and Mule - 'Rockin' in the Free World.'

"Grohl closes the chapter with a fitting summation of the fateful meeting: 'Unforgettable.'"

15 comments sorted by best / new / date

    aaronangus
    Can't wait to read her book. I have a feel she has several stories of the like
    PuckMugger
    "I later realized that some of their remarkable hospitality was chemically induced".  You see, that's what we need...Trump needs to sit down with ISIS and all the other Islamic extremist groups and do piles of cocaine with them.
    terranraptor
    i won't even read the article. Just gonna downvote because i am super sick of Dave Grohl articles. We haven't seen an article on what bands like Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Manowar are doing , in ages. But in the same time we get an article involving Grohl or why Frusciante left RHCP at least twice a week. 
    stixhogan
    Iron Maiden is out on the book of souls tour, AC/DC finished what shows they had with Axl Rose on vocals, Manowar are prepping leathers and hides somewhere in Europe..... ....now go back and read a cool article that has nothing to do with Dave Grohl besides the fact his mother was the person telling it.  It's more of a Gov't Mule article.
    BassFishin
    Your loss.  That was a nice read, even regardless of the relation to Dave.  9-11 stories are always fascinating from any perspective, in my opinion.  It was such an intense day - everyone in the country basically shut down for an entire day. In regards to the Grohl portion, I think it's hilariously adorable that the horrific events of the day brought Dave's mom to a jam-band concert.  I suppose that's the best possible scenario?
    jesse1994
    I'd be sick of them but the dude is just so fucking nice it makes reading his stuff a pleasure. 
    mobidguitar
    Thats the spirit! Rebel! Rebel vicarious youth! You shall be free amongst your peers! I love me a good Red Hot Chili Pepper and Dave Grohl article..... they be all rubbin against each other... all sweaty and gross, doing their thing and grohl walks in like... hey guys what the hell? can i get in on this orgy?