Dave Grohl on Kurt Cobain, David Lee Roth and how your band doesn’t put in the hours Nirvana did.

From Spin Magazine:

“At that time I didn’t really want to think about Nirvana,” Dave Grohl says. “It was heartbreaking. We were fucked up by what happened. So it was just, ‘I gotta keep playing music, I gotta keep playing music.'” The Sound City Players leader continues, saying, “I didn’t know how to stand with a guitar or sing — it was so awkward. It was fucking so weird. But it was perfect because the last thing I wanted to do was be a drummer at that time. I didn’t want to play an instrument that would remind me of my friend who died.”

The 44-year-old rocker doesn’t just dwell on the legendary trio’s tragic end, though; he also details the intense work ethic that led to Nirvana’s hugely influential sophomore LP, Nevermind. “We were so prepared [when recording for Nevermind began],” Grohl says. “We rehearsed in a barn and we rehearsed six days a week for four hours a day because we had nothing else to do.”

Single-mindedness has also benefited the Foo Fighters. “One of the reasons why the Foo Fighters is still around is because we didn’t really follow any of those little trends that have happened in the last 20 years,” Grohl says. “We didn’t go nu-metal when it was huge, and we didn’t do the New York skinny-tie thing when it was huge, and at those times we weren’t huge because that shit was. But we lived comfortably in our little world just doing what we did. And I think that’s why we’ve survived.”

Hardwick and Grohl touch on a number of other topics: the dangers of irony in music (“It creates boundaries,” the singer insists), how Grohl became a drummer (he took over for an underwhelming bandmate early in his career), and whether he’d prefer to be David Lee Roth or Thom Yorke (“When it comes to playing a rock show, I would much rather be David Lee Roth… because that’s a fucking party,” he explains).

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