Dave Grohl Admits That He Never Imagined Nirvana Would Become So Popular
Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl opened up about the huge and unexpected fame of Nirvana and revealed that he never imagined the band would become such a success during a recent interview with NPR, and stated that he only wanted to be able to manage himself financially when he first started making music with Nirvana.
As many of you know, Nirvana was founded by the late frontman Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in 1987, Dave Grohl joined the band three years later. Nirvana had a huge success instantly from their debut album, ‘Bleach,’ and the band popularized alternative rock as they gained more and more fame. Their music, to this day, still maintains a popular following and continues to influence modern rock and roll culture.
Nirvana is one of the best-selling bands of all time due to the fact that they sold over 75 million records worldwide. The band is also the 80th-best-selling music artist in the U.S. with over 25 million RIAA-certified units. Two of the band’s studio albums and two of their live albums have reached the top spot on the Billboard 200, including many charts hit singles, proving that Nirvana had an epic journey during their short period of time.
During a recent interview, Dave Grohl revealed that the success of Nirvana had been unexpected according to him since his ultimate goal when he first started making music with Nirvana was to afford an apartment. In addition to this, Grohl revealed that the music they were making was not the popular one, therefore, they did not imagine such a recognition.
Here is what Grohl said:
“When Nirvana first became popular, I was 21 or 22 years old. And, you know, I was a kid. Before that, all I wanted to do was to survive playing music. Really, my biggest aspiration was, you know, to have an apartment! I never imagined that things would turn out the way they did. I never imagined Nirvana would become so popular. I just didn’t, you know?
At the time, that type of music just wasn’t commercially accessible. It wasn’t popular music. It was underground music. And when the band first became popular, it happened at a frightening speed. It was within a month or two that we went from being relatively unknown to being number one on the charts and a name that everyone recognized. So at that age, at 21 or 22 years old, that’s a lot to process.”
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