Dave Grohl Opens Up
It’s been 24 years since Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain tragically took his own life. Since then the two remaining members of Nirvana have gone on to pursue their own ventures. Bassist Krist Novoselic continued in music off and on and even went into politics. Drummer Dave Grohl, as you may know, formed his own band Foo Fighters and went on to do several musical projects over the last 20 years and is extremely successful.
Since Kurt’s tragic death, both Dave and Krist have been someone open about how they’ve dealt with the loss of their friend. This time around, however, Hot Press caught up with Dave Grohl and asked him about Kurt. Dave was significantly more open. Here is what he had to say.
“The Nirvana experience was such a whirlwind. It all happened so quickly – exploded without any warning, and then it just disappeared. Life had changed so much, it was almost like you had to find something to hold onto so that you didn’t get swept away. Once it was over, I couldn’t imagine stepping on stage or sitting down at a drum stool and playing music any more. It would just bring me back to the heartbreaking place of losing Kurt. A long time went by where it felt that music was going to break my heart again.
Then I realized that, actually, music was the one thing that was going to heal it. I had been recording music by myself for years without ever playing it for anyone. I thought that going down to the studio at the end of the street would be therapeutic. I didn’t think it would become a band – and I sure as fuck didn’t think it was going to be a band for 20 years. You have to understand – for me, Nirvana is more than it is for you. It was a really personal experience. I was a kid. Our lives were lifted and then turned upside down. And then our hearts were broken when Kurt died.
The whole thing is much more personal than the logo or the t-shirt or the iconic image. I felt I had to do it to exorcise something in my soul. The intention of this band from day one has always been to keep the ball rolling: as musicians, as human beings, as friends. To feel like life keeps moving forward. We still feel like that every time we make a record – every time we step on stage. We feel like life is moving forward and that we’re not looking back.”