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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has been named the keynote speaker for the 2013 edition of the annual South by Southwest Music and Media Conference and Festival, held every March in Austin, Texas. Grohl will speak on Thursday (March 14th) at the Austin Convention Center as part of the music portion of the event, which features hundreds of acts performing on dozens of stages all over the Texas capital.


A member of two of the biggest rock bands of the past 25 years, Nirvana and Foo Fighters, Grohl has become one of the most beloved and respected figures in music. He told us a while back that he was grateful for all the good luck Foo Fighters has had since he launched the band in 1994: "I don't know what it is, but it just keeps on getting better, you know. And as it all sort of grows and changes, the four of us just stay the same, and we look at each other every time something happens, like a Grammy nomination or a big show selling out, we look at each other and we're like, 'Can you believe that? Isn't that nuts?' 'Cause we don't feel any different, you know."

  • Grohl and Foo Fighters attended the South By Southwest festival last year for the premiere of Back And Forth, the acclaimed documentary about the band's 18-year history.
  • It's very possible that Grohl may debut another film at the event this year: he has spent much of the past year assembling his first documentary, called Sound City, which recounts the history of the legendary Los Angeles studio where artists ranging from Fleetwood Mac to Nirvana recorded classic albums.
  • The film, titled Sound City: Real to Reel, is expected to surface in 2013.
  • The music portion of South By Southwest will take place between March 12th and March 17th, 2013.
  • Foo Fighters are currently on hiatus since finishing out the touring cycle behind their 2011 Number One album, Wasting Light.

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  • After Nirvana ended, Grohl almost accepted an offer to become the drummer for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers before deciding to form his own band, Foo Fighters.
  • Foo Fighters' seven studio albums since then have raked in 11 Grammy Awards, sold 25 million copies and yielded more than dozen rock radio smashes.
  • Grohl is playing drums on the upcoming Queens Of The Stone Age album and has also collaborated with Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Neil Young, Elton John, Nine Inch Nails and many others.

WATCH: See Foo Fighters perform their full concert at Lollapalooza Brazil earlier this year:

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl On The Band's Good Fortune

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