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Dave Grohl recalls ’embarrassing’ drink driving arrest in Australia

Dave Grohl has recalled the ’embarrassing’ moment he was arrested in Australia for drink driving back in 2000. 

The rocker was performing at the 2000 Big Day Out festival on the Gold Coast with his band, Foo Fighters, when he decided to rent a moped to do some sightseeing. 

While riding the scooter back to his hotel, the 52-year-old was pulled over at an RBT checkpoint, and blew a blood alcohol level of 0.95.

Past: Dave Grohl (pictured) has recalled the 'embarrassing' moment he was arrested in Australia for drink driving back in 2000 after a performance at the Big Day Out festival. He was pulled over while riding on a moped and blew a blood alcohol level of 0.95

Past: Dave Grohl (pictured) has recalled the 'embarrassing' moment he was arrested in Australia for drink driving back in 2000 after a performance at the Big Day Out festival. He was pulled over while riding on a moped and blew a blood alcohol level of 0.95

Past: Dave Grohl (pictured) has recalled the ’embarrassing’ moment he was arrested in Australia for drink driving back in 2000 after a performance at the Big Day Out festival. He was pulled over while riding on a moped and blew a blood alcohol level of 0.95

In Australia, it is an offence to drive or operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol of over 0.05.

Dave returned to the Gold Coast to face court during the band’s Australian tour – he was convicted and given a $400 fine. 

The singer says that as a result, he has to reveal that he has been arrested in Australia every time he enters the country and fills out a travel declaration form. 

'They pull me aside at the airport and I have to tell them the story and they laugh, and then I go and pick up my bag,' he said. Pictured at the Big Day Out in 2000

'They pull me aside at the airport and I have to tell them the story and they laugh, and then I go and pick up my bag,' he said. Pictured at the Big Day Out in 2000

‘They pull me aside at the airport and I have to tell them the story and they laugh, and then I go and pick up my bag,’ he said. Pictured at the Big Day Out in 2000

‘I still answer for that every time I come down; every time I have to tick that f****ing box,’ he writes in his memoir The Storyteller: Tales Of Life And Music.

‘They pull me aside at the airport and I have to tell them the story and they laugh, and then I go and pick up my bag. It’s f***ing embarrassing.’  

In 2019, he said of the incident during an Instagram Live session: ‘Australia is bananas. Australia is so much fun. 

‘Australia is great because remember Big Day Out? Okay, we used to call it the Big Day Off cause they’d have to move that huge production from city to city and it’d take three days for them to move the rig. 

Stories: Dave tells the tale in his memoir The Storyteller: Tales Of Life And Music

Stories: Dave tells the tale in his memoir The Storyteller: Tales Of Life And Music

Stories: Dave tells the tale in his memoir The Storyteller: Tales Of Life And Music

‘And it’s a summer time tour so you’re just [having] fun days in Australia. I got thrown in jail for being drunk on a scooter; that was fun. Ah, the memories. Those were the days. It’s not a bad life!’ 

Elsewhere in his memoir, Dave discussed his grief over the death of his Nirvana bandmate, Kurt Cobain, who died by suicide in 1994. 

‘That f***ed me up for life. You try to emotionally vaccinate yourself – there are some people you try to prepare yourself to lose – but it doesn’t work because it is inevitable the pain of that loss is going to get past whatever walls you build’ he said. 

Loss: Elsewhere in his memoir, Dave discussed his grief over the death of his Nirvana (pictured) bandmate, Kurt Cobain, who died by suicide in 1994. 'That f***ed me up for life' he said

Loss: Elsewhere in his memoir, Dave discussed his grief over the death of his Nirvana (pictured) bandmate, Kurt Cobain, who died by suicide in 1994. 'That f***ed me up for life' he said

Loss: Elsewhere in his memoir, Dave discussed his grief over the death of his Nirvana (pictured) bandmate, Kurt Cobain, who died by suicide in 1994. ‘That f***ed me up for life’ he said 

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