With a brand new documentary, Back And Forth, covering the history of Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters and his time with Nirvana, and a brand new album propelling them to ever more dizzying heights, it's not a surprise that the pressure on Grohl to talk about Kurt Cobain's death is bigger than ever.
Dave Grohl has explained how the Foo Fighters helped him recover from the hurt of losing his close friend Kurt Cobain, and why he wasn't keen to reveal his feelings to the press after the Foo's very first band practice.
“I remember reading an interview with Ian MacKaye, where he was talking about nostalgia and how unproductive it can be,” Grohl revealed to the Washington Post. “When there’s so much left to do, why spend your time focusing on things you’ve already done, counting trophies or telling stories about the good old days? And that really affected me, because he’s right. It’s the reason we started Foo Fighters… We started it to [expletive] get away from the past. After Nirvana ended, it was the one thing healing us from the heartbreak of losing a friend and a band.”
Grohl also spoke about the importance of having Nirvana producer Butch Vig, and bass player Chris Novoselic around him for the new album, Wasting Light.
“I was basically writing about the experience of being surrounded by family and friends and Butch and consumed by memories,” Grohl said. “And doing it in my garage, there’s something full circle about that. After everything that we’ve been through, we’ve managed to take this band to a place that we never aspired to be.”
Catch the full interview with The Washington Post here.
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