Dave Grohl Explains What He Had to Tell His Children About Kurt Cobain, Talks How He Feels About Nirvana Now.

-During an appearance on Absolute Radio, Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, looked back on his time with Kurt Cobain and co. in the wake of the 30th anniversary of the band's monumental 1991 record "Nevermind."

When asked, "Does it feel like 30 years ago, or was it just like yesterday?", Grohl replied (transcribed by UG):

-"It feels like a lifetime ago. I feel like I lived a few lifetimes since then. But I don't necessarily feel any different than I did.

"I was 22 when that record came out. I feel 22 until I look in the mirror and go, 'Oh, I'm not 22 anymore...'

"To me, Nirvana really was three people with some instruments that made a big noise, and we drove around in vans, and we played in clubs, and we did things like that.

"And then it became something else.

"I look at Nirvana much differently than someone else might. It's become such a big part of popular culture. Everywhere I go, I see it.

"I would walk down the street and I would see a 12-year-old kid in a Nirvana t-shirt, and I'll get in a car and a Nirvana song comes on.

"Every five years, there is an anniversary and it is talked about. And I love talking about it, it's great. So it has taken on this much larger life than it did when we were just three guys driving around in a van.

"But yeah, I'm 52 years old now, and back then, I would have never imagined I would still be here today, 30 years later. I thought I would just branch off and find another line of work."

What about when you hear 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' on the radio or something like that? Does it awake some special memories, or do you hear those songs so frequently that it just kind of washes off you in a way?

"When I hear a Nirvana song on the radio, I remember what it felt like sitting in a chair when we were recording it.

"I remember when [producer] 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...

"I'll be driving with my kids in the car, a Nirvana song would come on, and they would start singing it. 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.".



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