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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl took out a full-page ad and sent a message to his hometown of Warren, Ohio to thank it for constructing two giant drumsticks in his honor. According to Loudwire, the ad in the local paper featured Grohl wearing a "Made in Warren" T-shirt and a huge smile, while his message read, "To the wonderful city of Warren, from the bottom of my heart I'd like to thank you all so much . . . For the childhood memories. For my family. For my very own alley. For the world's largest drumsticks! And for all of your support . . . But most of all for being such a great community. One that makes me proud to say . . . I am from Warren, Ohio!"
Before becoming one of the biggest frontmen in rock with Foo Fighters, Grohl first came to prominence as the drummer for Nirvana. He told us a while back that although he always sang and played guitar, he considered himself first and foremost a drummer: "I just kinda had the knack for drums. Joined a band and the drummer was so bad that I said, 'Give me those sticks now. I think I could probably figure this out.' And I just stuck with the drums for years. But I always have played guitar, and after Nirvana was finished I thought, you know, I'm too young to become a studio session drummer, I might as well go try my hand at actually singing and playing guitar. And it worked out."
The sticks, each weighing 900 pounds and made of giant poplar logs, were unveiled at a ceremony at the Warren Amphitheatre on Saturday night (July 7th), with the mayor reading the absent Grohl's message to the audience.
The drumsticks are thought to be the largest in the world, and will remain at the Warren Amphitheatre until the final show of the season in September.
After that, they'll be moved to David Grohl Alley, the downtown street renamed after the artist in 2009.
Foo Fighters next plays San Francisco's Outside Landsfestival in early August before trekking over to Europe.