Listening to Nirvana still drags up painful memories for Dave Grohl
On April 5, 1994 the world of music suffered a tremendous shock when grunge icon Kurt Cobain of the band Nirvana without warning of any kind passed away down to alleged suicide. This hit many people hard, including drummer Dave Grohl.
Grohl, who has now lead The Foo Fighters for the past 23 years had a very close friendship with his band mate, and to this day still has a difficult time hearing any songs from his old band.
According to a recent interview with GQ, Grohl still will not willingly listen to any of the music he and Cobain made together, bringing up the kinds of vivid and some times intense memories it brings back, saying:
“For years I couldn’t even listen to any music, let alone a Nirvana song. When Kurt died, every time the radio came on, it broke my heart.
I don’t put Nirvana records on, no. Although they are always on somewhere. I get in the car, they’re on. I go into a shop, they’re on.
For me, it’s so personal. I remember everything about those records; I remember the shorts I was wearing when we recorded them or that it snowed that day.
Still, I go back and find new meanings to Kurt’s lyrics. Not to seem revisionist, but there are times when it hits me. You go, ‘Wow, I didn’t realize he was feeling that way at the time.’
Nirvana, for me, was a personal revolution. I was 21. You remember being 21? You think you know it all. But you don’t. I thought I knew everything. And being in Nirvana showed me how little I really knew.
They were some of the greatest highs of my life, but also, of course, one of the biggest lows. Those experiences became a footing or a foundation on how to survive.”
Grohl and The Foo Fighters will be kicking off a European leg of the tour promoting their latest album Concrete and Gold on June 1 in Nuremburg, Germany and will be stateside again July 6 for a gig in Columbia, MD.
Tickets and dates can be found here.
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