- Painted houses during the summer to earn money for his first drum set.
- Developed his drumming style by mimicking John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, his favorite band.
- Nirvana singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic asked him to join after seeing him play with the punk band Scream.
- Was asked to join Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers after playing Saturday Night Live and a few concerts with the classic rockers.
- Wrote all of the songs and played nearly all of the instruments on the Foo Fighters' eponymous 1995 debut.
- Has recorded drum tracks for a number of rock bands, including Queens of the Stone Age, Tenacious D, Nine Inch Nails and Garbage.