Dave Grohl performed a short portion of the first drum beat in Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at a recent Foo Fighters show. Taylor Hawkins had asked Grohl to perform the first drum beat he heard from him, which led to the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” teaser.
Dave Grohl discussed his first day in Seattle with Nirvana and Kurt Cobain in a new Dear Seattle video. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.
“I remember getting off the plane, and Krist and Kurt meeting me at baggage claim. It was like having Children of the Corn pick you up from the airport. When I came up to Seattle, Nirvana was doing a show with another drummer.
I get there to this Nirvana show, there’s 1,200 people, and maybe 15 of them looked like they were punk rockers. The rest were trailer park kids with greasy long hair wearing clothes they bought at Frey Myers and Salvation Army. They were flannels, I still dress like the kids I saw at the gig that night.
It already felt like there was some sort of movement, but it was unintentional. These people just gathered, or were drawn to this thing, because it just sounded like they felt. The energy was different than anything I’d ever seen. That was my first day in Seattle.
I went out and got drunk with all the guys in Nirvana, it was really fun. I thought if I don’t become the drummer, at least I have a story to tell. I think that’s the first time I grilled octopus too, that was weird.”
Watch the full video below.