Dave Grohl Says A Kurt Cobain Picture Saved His Life

Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl recently opened up about the dark times he went through after the death of Kurt Cobain and revealed in an interview with CNN that it was actually Kurt who helped him to go back to doing music again.

After Cobain’s tragic death in 1994, Dave Grohl fell into emptiness. His love and joy for music had turned into grief, loss, and death, especially when he heard Nirvana songs on the radio. In the interview, he mentioned that he couldn’t pick up his instruments, and he couldn’t listen to music, and he had lost hope of ever returning as a musician.

His description of his confusion is as follows:

“I started playing music maybe about ten years old, fell in love with The Beatles, I taught myself how to play the guitar by listening to The Beatles’ records. To me, music was always about life, joy, and celebrating that. All of the sudden, when Kurt died, and Nirvana ended, it represented the opposite. It broke my heart.

It was the thing that saved my life my whole life, and then I was just heartbroken. I couldn’t listen to the radio, I put the instruments away and didn’t know if I would play again, wasn’t sure what to do. Then I decided I was going to go on a soul-searching trip where I wanted to find the most remote place I could find on Earth and just drive around and figure everything out.”

He was confused about life and didn’t know how to continue, so he decided to go to Ireland. In the interview, he stated that he went to the Ring of Kerry, which is a 179km trail walked by hikers to witness natural beauty and peace. Grohl stated that when he was driving there, he saw a hitchhiker wearing a Kurt Cobain t-shirt, and it seemed like Kurt was looking at him. That was when he decided that it was time to go back home and continue where he left off.

Here is how Kurt encouraged Grohl back to music and saved his life:

“So I went to The Ring of Kerry in Ireland, and I was driving down this country road, and I saw a hitchhiker. As I was pulling up close to him, I noticed that he was wearing a Kurt Cobain t-shirt. I just saw Kurt looking back at me, I thought, ‘Okay, I need to go home and pick up my instruments and start to play again because that’s what’s gonna save my life now. So it did.”

You can watch the entire CNN interview below.