Dave Grohl Reveals Where He Goes To Remember How Kurt Cobain ‘Broke My Heart’


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In a new Visit Seattle: Dear Seattle video, Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl discusses Seattle and Kurt Cobain. Alternative Nation transcribed Grohl’s comments.

“I’m happy that I got to experience those few years in Seattle where the city just exploded. The experiences that I had at that age, which is a really impressionable age, shaped so much about the person that I am now. I was living with my buddy Barrett in this room in the back of a house, knowing that I could have bought every house on the street, but I didn’t want to change.

I was in a band with the greatest songwriter of our generation, and all I had to do was play the drums like it was the last day of my life, so I did, every time. I had this coming of age incredible experience while I was there, and then probably the most devastating time of my life.

After Kurt died, I couldn’t even listen to music for months. No radio, no TV, nothing. I couldn’t stand the sound of music, I was scared of music, then I realized it was the one thing that was going to help me out of that place. Seattle’s lost a lot of great talent, but in some ways that loss has only strengthened our bond. When I go back to Seattle, I always rent a car and drive around to these places that I spent time. I find myself driving slower when I get to the places that broke my heart, because I want that to stay with me.

All of those lessons that were learned at that time, and all of the things that I gained, and all of the things that I lost, I still feel it. It’s still in my veins. It became this part of my DNA that serves as this divining rod wherever I go. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Seattle. It was the perfect place for a person like me. I wish Seattle would just take me back.”

  • Stone Gossardish

    Grohl used to say Nirvana was done before Kurt died. It sounded like the end had come. It’s too bad that’s the case, but changing history this many years later feels a little slick.

    It’s time Grohl really straightens out his story once and for all and explains why the big change took place in the 2010s.

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    • HippieChic61

      Sometimes when we reflect on things of our past, the way we feel changes with time, maturity and seeing things through a different perspective.

      • Stone Gossardish

        I’m with you there completely. But facts and the truth don’t change.

        It’s not that Dave’s the first guy to get a little wavy with a story like this. Keith Moon was officially out of The Who, though close to rejoining, before he died.

        Huge fan of Dave, the Foos, and Nirvana, but the truth wouldn’t take anything away from what they accomplished.

    • 606

      I’m not really seeing him say anything different here, though? He’s saying it was traumatic when Kurt died, which may well remain true whether or not he thought Nirvana was over at the time.

      • Stone Gossardish

        That’s a good point.

  • Brendan Quinn

    Took down the ‘Chris Cornell’s Mother-In-Law On Why ‘This Pain Still Cuts Like A Knife’

    article, huh? What, was I spamming too much about the Chris Cornell black cube / Plan 9 Soundgarden poster photo, diddums?

    Don’t want people ‘Searching With Their Good Eye Open’ now do we? They might get all the killing jokes in articles like this and wake up, alive in the SuperKnown. Talk about Falling on Black Hole Saturdays!

    The Coming Race can’t have people Come as They Are, you gotta Come Together, people!

    “Burn My Eyes! Jesus Christ! Won’t You Come* (Black Hole Sun) AND SAVE ME!”
    “Spoonman, Come together, with your hands (right now, over me)…AND SAVE ME!

    Dammit, getting my lyrics mixed up. Pfagh! Just a bunch of Silly Little Love Songs anyway, waste of time when I should be looking for those God-Damned LOST KEYS…oh wait, that’s right…I think know where that leads. Bugger that, son! (Geddit? GEDDIT? DO. YOU. GET. IT?!)

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  • dakotablue

    Is Barrett the former roommate Dave refers to Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees/Mad Season?