Dave Grohl Reveals How Lenny Kravitz Helped Create Foo Fighters


Dave Grohl revealed how Lenny Kravitz inspired what would eventually become the first Foo Fighters record in a recent Billboard Chart Beat interview. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“No, I didn’t even think [Nirvana] was even going to be a band. I started recording song myself and playing all the instruments when I was, maybe, 18 or 19 years old. I had a friend who had a studio in Virginia, and I remember hearing the first Lenny Kravtiz record, and someone told me ‘yeah he plays drums and instruments on all those songs’ and I thought ‘wow, that’s cool, he can go into the studio by himself and make another record.’ He’s a fucking great drummer, an amazing drummer – but anyway, about Nirvana, I was recording the songs by myself, letting my sisters do them and letting my friends sing them but I never for one minute thought that it would be a band, or that the world would hear them.”

After writing and recording songs himself, Grohl finally headed into the studio in 1994 months after the death of Kurt Cobain to record the first Foo Fighters album alone, much like Lenny Kravitz had in the past. The record was released in 1995.