Metal Legend Reveals Why He Told Kurt Cobain To Do Cocaine Instead Of Heroin


When quite a few veteran metal bands were softening their sound or “going alternative” in the ‘90s, Max Cavalera refused to budge – offering up classic metal releases with Sepultura (1993’s Chaos AD and 1996’s Roots), Nailbomb (1994’s Point Blank), and Soulfly (1998’s self-titled debut). And Cavalera continues to carry the metal torch, as evidenced by Soulfly’s current US tour, which also features Cannabis Corpse, Noisem, and Lody Kong, and will go until November 10th (complete dates listed here).

Cavalera spoke to Alternative Nation from the road about the tour, upcoming projects, and his relationships with the members of Nirvana. The full interview can be read by clicking here, but here is an excerpt of the interview where he discusses a conversation he had with Kurt Cobain.

“I actually met him twice. We met at a Headbangers Ball special, where he was wearing a dress, but he was sleeping most of the time – I think he was heavily on heroin at the time. And then at one point, he was doing a show in Brazil, and one of my friends called me from Brazil to Phoenix, and Kurt was on the phone. We talked a little bit about our kids – his daughter was just born, and my son, Zyon, was just born. So, it was very cool. And then he asked me where he can get heroin in Brazil. I had no idea – I couldn’t really help him. I was in Arizona, y’know? I told him, ‘There is plenty of good coke – Brazil’s got good cocaine. I don’t know nothing about heroin…but you should try coke.’ [Laughs]”

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Bio: After having his articles posted from other outlets on Alternative Nation (and before that, Grunge Report) for years - heck, he was even interviewed by GR back in 2009! - Greg Prato finally began contributing articles to the site in 2014. He has written for various sites/mags over the years (Rolling Stone, All Music Guide, etc.), and is the author of quite a few books. And as evidenced by such titles as Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, and Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets, he also has a deep fondness for alternative rock n' roll music. You can check out info on all of Greg's books here, see what he's up to on his Twitter page here.
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  • Corndog

    Coke is so much better than Pepsi.

  • Adam McKay


  • clouds

    I am always surprised to see that more than 20 years after his tragic death, still stories like these are being reported. KC suffered addiction. There is nothing surprising neither interesting in knowing that he was looking for drugs wherever he was. It sounds more like a self serving story Cavalera wants to tell to say that “Oh God, you know Cobain asked me for heroin In Brazii..”
    Let the guy RIP.

    • Juan Nicenboim

      Word. Cavalera is acting like a prick in this one. Show off

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