Dave Grohl On Nirvana: ‘It Was A Very Emotional Experience’
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl opened up about the time when he was a member of Nirvana during an interview with My Planet Rocks and remembered how he felt when the band recorded their monumental album, ‘Nevermind’ back in 1991.
As many of you know, Dave Grohl started to work with Nirvana back in 1990 as the drummer and stayed with the band until its disbandment due to frontman Kurt Cobain’s passing in April 1994. Grohl recorded two legendary albums with Nirvana, ‘Nevermind’ which was released in 1991, and ‘In Utero’ which was released in 1993.
Since Nirvana became one of the greatest and best-selling bands of all time even after their break-up, and despite their short amount of time together, the band is an icon according to many fans, therefore, being related to Nirvana in any way is still something interesting to this day.
During a recent interview, the interviewer asked Dave Grohl how does he feel about used to being the drummer of Nirvana at one point in his career, since it maybe some of the few things in the world that only Grohl can say and had been.
Here is what the interviewer said:
“How many times does it cross your mind, ‘I was the drummer in Nirvana?'”
Dave Grohl opened up about the fact that he was in Nirvana and stated that whenever he hears a song of Nirvana he feels and remembers the time and the place it was recorded rather than just music itself, but the emotional experience.
“That’s a good question. It’s not something I reflect on constantly. There are times where I’ll be in the car and a Nirvana song will come on, and I’ll not just think of the music, but think of the time and place where it was recorded. It’s funny, my connection to Nirvana is different than most people in that it was a very personal experience and it was a very emotional experience.
So I look back on that music almost like someone would look back on an old photo album, I mean, I remember everything from the last 32 years. Whenever I think of that time, I usually am reminded of the place I was in emotionally. When we came down to record the record ‘Nevermind,’ it was like, we were kids. I think I was 21, maybe 22-years-old.”
In addition to this, Grohl looked back on the time when Nirvana recorded their legendary second studio album, ‘Nevermind’ back in 1991. The band members were over the moon due to the fact that they got paid for recording an album and there was an innocence both in the making and in the members.
Here is what he said:
“We’re in the old van, we drive down to Los Angeles, we got into this old recording studio that just looks like it’s about to fall apart, but we were excited, and there was some sense of mystery or adventure to it. We knew what we were there to do, but I think we felt really fortunate that we were given that opportunity, like, ‘Oh yeah!’ like someone paid for us to go into a studio in Los Angeles and make an album.
There was an innocence, and we were a bit naive; nobody expected what happened, what was going to happen, and then over time, when Nirvana first started getting popular, there were some really good times. And I look back on those like, ‘I bought a motorcycle,’ that kind of thing, like, I met a beautiful girl, I took my mother out to dinner – things like that.”
As many of you know, Kurt Cobain’s body was found at his Lake Washington Boulevard home on April 8, 1994, three days later he was dead at the age of 27, along with a suicide note which was addressed to Cobain’s childhood imaginary friend Boddah, that stated that Cobain had not ‘felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing … for too many years now.’ In addition to this, a high concentration of heroin and traces of diazepam were also found in his body.
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