Originally Posted by camisadelgolf
One thing I'll say about Dave Grohl is that he really stepped up his drumming since Nirvana. Don't get me wrong--he was good with Nirvana--but I feel like he has come a long way since then.
He was always as good as he is now, but Kurt Cobain pretty much commanded him to play his parts as simply as possible.
If you check out some of his stuff prior to Nirvana (ie. Scream, Dain Bramage) or even directly after Nirvana (the first two Foo Fighters albums featured Dave doing the drumming in addition to singing/guitarist duties) the difference is pretty significant.
With Dave there is always a "solid" feel to his parts, but his performances in Nirvana were much simpler.