Former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has opened up about his former band’s late guitarist Kurt Cobain‘s tragic passing and revealed a meaningful conversation he made with her daughter.
As some of you might know, the 7-year grunge band Nirvana announced its disbanding in 1994 when the band’s legend Kurt Cobain passed away. Throughout their career, Nirvana released three studio albums, five live albums, twenty-one singles, six video albums, and many more things. Since its debut, Nirvana has sold over 75 million records worldwide.
Dave Grohl was the drummer and the backing vocalist of the American rock band Nirvana from 1990 until the band’s disbanding in 1994. During his tenure with the band, Grohl accumulated many good memories and appeared several efforts of the band, including 1991’s Nevermind, 1992’s EP Hormoaning, 1993’s In Utero, and many more.
Recently, Grohl has once again recalled his tenure with Nirvana and the tragic passing of Kurt Cobain. When the interviewer asked him how he reacted when he heard the band’s classic Smells Like Teen Spirit on the radio, Dave admitted that he turned it off because it would bring back difficult memories.
“When I hear a Nirvana song on the radio, I remember what it felt like sitting in a chair when we were recording it,” he says.
“I remember when Butch Vig said, ‘OK, we’re rolling.’ I can see it in my head as we were doing it – I was facing a control room, I could see Butch, and Kurt was over there…
“So when I hear those songs, I have a much more personal memory of how it was made and when we made it.
“There was a long time when a song would come on and I would just turn it off, I wouldn’t want to hear it, it would bring back difficult memories. But now…”
Dave Grohl Recalls His 12-Year-Old Daughter’s Surprising Kurt Cobain Comment
When the musician continued to his words, he mentioned a moment he lived with his children. Saying that they know all the words of some Nirvana songs, Grohl revealed his daughter’s surprising comments about Kurt Cobain.
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“I’ll be driving with my kids in the car, a Nirvana song would come on, and they would start singing it,” Grohl continues. “And they know the words!
“We don’t listen to it at home but somehow it’s become a part of their lives now.
“There was one day when we were driving and a Nirvana song came on, and my daughter Harper – who was 12-years-old – she said, ‘Dad, how old were you when you were in this band?’
“I said, ‘Well, I was probably 21 or 22 when we recorded it.’ And she was singing along and asked, ‘What was Kurt like?’…
“I said, ‘Well, he was really sweet, kind of shy, a little reserved, quiet…’ And she said, ‘Wow! Was he shy to people he didn’t know, or to people he did know?’
“And I said, ‘A little bit of both.’ And she said, ‘Wow, that’s really interesting that someone who can be so shy could write these songs and stand in front of hundreds of thousands of people, and sing to them.’
“And I was like – what a beautiful insight for a 12-year-old! She is also a bit shy to consider that.
“But it was really cool because she was asking me about my life then because she wanted to understand it through music. I thought it was very cool.
“But I watch them learn and experience that now, and it’s crazy! An entirely different generation 30 years later who would still listen to that record and feel the same as kids did back then.”