Dave Grohl reveals in a new interview that he avoided listening to music after the death Kurt Cobain.
In a wide-ranging conversation that aired on CBS Sunday Morning on July 8, the Foo Fighters frontman says that after the 1994 death his Nirvana bandmate: “I went through a really dark period where I couldn't really even listen to the radio because it broke my heart just to hear music.”
“When most people think about Nirvana, they think about a video or a song on the radio, but to me it was a really personal experience with some friends that went from sleeping on floors to then being the number one band on the charts,” Grohl says.
He also shares that he was hesitant to share his own songs that he'd written while playing drums for Nirvana.
“I didn’t like my voice,” he says. “I didn’t think I was a songwriter, and I was in a band with one the greatest songwriters our generation. I didn’t really want to rock the boat. That’s the famous joke: What’s the last thing the drummer said before he got kicked out the band? 'Hey guys, I’ve got some songs I think we should play.' So I just kind kept it to myself.”
Grohl also says that he hasn't taken drugs since he was 20. “When I tell people I've never done cocaine in my life, they think I'm lying!” Grohl says. “But I love music, and I love life. And to me, survival is the game — that's the hardest part. I just wanna play music.”
In mid-June, Foo Fighters scored their 25th top 10 song on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart with “The Line.” The third single from 2017's Concrete and Gold ranked them as the third-most top 10s in the chart's history.
The band's ninth studio album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated Oct. 1, 2017.