Dave Grohl on Nirvana: ‘More Than Angst and Gloom and Doom There Was Catharsis’
Two weeks before Dave Grohl took a tumble off the stage in Sweden and broke his leg, the singer sat down with U.K. newspaper The Telegraph for an interview that was published after the injury. In the fourteen or so days that passed since the chat, Grohl has had to have surgery on his leg and was forced to cancel the Foo Fighters' headlining gig at Glastonbury and their two sold out dates at Wembley Stadium in London. In the interview, he talks about Nirvana, his positive attitude and dealing with fame.
While the interview was conducted before his injury, it’s interesting to read Grohl's comments on how he appreciates the things he has in life. “I don’t take any of this for granted,” the singer told the outlet. “My entire life, I’ve always thought, 'Well, it could be worse.' Whatever’s happening, even as a kid, I could shrug it off, 'Ah, it could be worse.' I still feel that way... It could be a lot f—king worse!”
Grohl also looked back at his days as the drummer in Nirvana, and said his impression of the band may be different than others. “I think more than angst and gloom and doom there was catharsis,” continued Grohl. “That’s what made the band, the engine that drove the entire thing.” He talked about his role in the famous group, “I was just the drummer, I could walk in the front door of a Nirvana show and people wouldn’t really recognize me. So I kind of got to experience it all from the outside."
The Foo Fighters frontman even touched on his ‘Good Guy Grohl’ tendencies, saying he tries not to let his fame affect him. “I’ve seen a lot of my friends have a really hard time with fame. But when the world around you changes it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to change with it,” stated the musician. “I didn’t go and buy a Lamborghini because I had a million dollars. I was excited that so many people liked the music. To walk into a bar and see some kid air drumming to a song I recorded on, I love that. That’s the way I took it in. It doesn’t make me any better than the kid. It’s just kinda cool.”
Foo Fighters were forced canceled the remainder of their European tour, but are still set to kick off their massive North American tour on July 4 in Washington, D.C. The band has not commented on whether Grohl will be ready to play those dates, but we’ll keep you updated.
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