Foo Fighters Member Reveals How Kurt Cobain ‘Frustrated’ Dave Grohl


Former Foo Fighters drummer William Goldsmith has been in the news this week for heavily criticizing Dave Grohl, and claiming he played a role in Sunny Day Real Estate never releasing their fifth album, though he later clarified his statement with additional reasoning, while still throwing shade at Grohl. This new story has led to Foo Fighters fans resurfacing an interview that Goldsmith did on The Trap Set with Joe Wong in 2016 that was not circulated at all in the press at the time.

Goldsmith discussed Dave Grohl’s drumming on Nirvana’s Nevermind, and Kurt Cobain’s influence on his sound. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“The thing with Dave is, so the reason why I asked you if you had heard Nevermind before it was recorded with Dave, is because when you listen to it, the drum parts are exactly the same. So from what I understand, Kurt basically had an idea as to how he wanted the drum parts to go, and they were going to go that way. So he told Dave, ‘This is how the drum parts go.’ So Dave played those drum parts extraordinarily well, but I think it was very frustrating for him.

So the way he dealt with being frustrated with that was going off and recording all these songs, and him playing everything. That kind of a problem, or issue or whatever, dynamic with someone, and that way of dealing with it, with the frustrations that he had with it, aren’t very conducive to someone getting really good at having an egoless collaboration with other people.

It doesn’t teach you how to have the patience, or even find the enjoyment, which really there is, to be able to actually arrange and do air sculpture with someone, and have it be this genuinely collaborative thing. It’s a very fulfilling thing, and that’s not exactly in his arsenal, it doesn’t seem to be.”

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  • totallyfarked

    In 1998, I went to school with a guy who may have pushed 400 lbs. He lost all that weight and later made it on TV, a changed man.

    People change in 20 years. People grow. Well, some people…

    These endless reminders in my news feed of the opinion of a half-famous musician? Who doesn’t even speak with the famous musician he’s still crying over? It just suggests there is a 50+ year old toddler who will never grow up. And he has a HUGE fanboy who cannot stop writing about him.

    My God. It’s pathetic. I’m not a Foo Fighters guy but it seems that the only thing you can write about is the NON-CONNECTION between Dave Grohl and this guy, pretending that there is anything there other than HATE, JEALOUSY, or PETTINESS behind anything he is saying.

    What will be the next article? William telling us about how Dave’s parents neglected him? Or maybe a new topic?
    Are you going to tell us about how the lead singer of BoStyx has “the skinny” on Brad Delp’s life and death?

    • sharkguitar

      How about an article about how Heavy Metal God’s Jethro Tull dealt with the tragic demise of the King of Everything, Link Wray.

  • Mike Fallopian

    Anytime you come across the phrase ‘throw shade’, you know you’ve found something not worth reading.

    • Lazy_lightning

      Do you have a list of “phrases Mike Fallopian doesn’t like” that you can share with the media? I’m sure that they would appreciate it, I know it was keeping me up at night.

  • Carl Schreffler

    Guy is a d-bag wants to bring shit up because he got his ass fired and Dave had to redo all the drum tracks on 1st Foo album and Tylor and Dave are both better than his ass!

  • Jason Llewellyn

    Someone, AKA William Goldsmith, has some personal issues he needs to deal with. If SDRE was that good, why haven’t they been heard from before? Seriously, dude, just hang it up. Clearly you weren’t that good of a drummer or band mate to begin with. He has all these stories about everyone. Why now? Maybe because the Foo raked in over $70 Million on tour in 2018 alone? Maybe because they are one of the best live bands in the last 20+ years? Get over yourself William, you aren’t that good.

    • mbear

      I agree with everything you’ve said here. However, their success is very relative. Relative to who Dave was before Foo Fighters were a thing. Relative to the state of rock music when they started. Relative to rock music now. And of course, everything is, right? But within the context, one can see things a bit more clearly.