Dave Grohl still has trouble listening to Nirvana



It’s been over 24 years since the suicide of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, but the band’s former drummer, Dave Grohl, says he still has a hard time listening to the band’s music.

Grohl spoke about Nirvana a bit in a recent, wide-ranging interview with GQ. He admitted he doesn’t listen to Nirvana records himself, even though the band is hard to avoid.

“I don’t put Nirvana records on, no,” Grohl told GQ. “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 realise he was feeling that way at the time.’”

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Grohl also added during the interview that Cobain’s death crushed him to the point of not listening to anything, Nirvana included.

“For years I couldn’t even listen to any music, let alone a Nirvana song,” Grohl said. “When Kurt died, every time the radio came on, it broke my heart.”

Check out the full interview here. One other tidbit Grohl revealed is he’s working on a project on his own — one that’s hard to describe without hearing it from Grohl himself. He insists it’s not a solo record, instead making it sound like a unique audio/video project.

“I have a studio, EastWest in LA, where I’m going to set up an expanse of instruments,” Grohl said. “Several drum kits, a load of guitars, bass, rhythm and lead. I’ll hit play and the clock will start ticking. I will record the first drum part, then I will run to the next drum set and play another drum part that will record over the first. Then I will do the same with all the guitars, all assigned to a different moment in the instrumental.

“The best bit is we’ll film everything with multiple cameras. So by the end of it you will see and hear one song being played for 25 minutes, with six different Dave Grohls playing every note, on every single instrument, all the way through in one take.”

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