Dave Grohl Reveals How Much Money He Made From Nirvana


Dave Grohl revealed in a new Bon Appeit magazine article with Adam Rapoort that he was making a ‘ton of money’ after the released of Nevermind.

“When I was in Nirvana and Nevermind came out, all of a sudden I was making a ton of money, which was something I never had. So I bought a beach house in Nogs Head, NC, and spent the entire summer of ’92 there, eating Carolina pulled pork from this tiny shack. I realized, ‘Oh, this is barbecue, so simple, but simple and complex.’”

He also said, “The process of making music is a lot like cooking for a crowd. You create a recipe as you would record in a studio. And you serve it as you would perform live. When people come back for seconds, well, that’s your encore.”

Former Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg recently published his Kurt Cobain book ‘Serving the Servant,’ and he discussed Dave Grohl’s reaction to Cobain taking more Nirvana songwriting copyrights for himself, leading to him making more money. Grohl didn’t have much of a reaction to the financial hit, according to a Washington Post review.

Cobain’s bandmates watched their roles in his life shrink as Love’s expanded. Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl are presented as distant, easygoing figures, bit players in a story that is partly theirs. Even Cobain’s decision to take lucrative songwriting copyrights away from his bandmates “generated only minor stress,” Goldberg writes, unconvincingly.

In concert, Grohl began singing harmony vocals, presaging his eventual role as lead singer of the Foo Fighters. Goldberg suggests Cobain found this unnerving. “I hear Dave doing harmonies every night and he is a much better singer than you might think,” he told Goldberg, who adds, “Kurt’s tone had a touch of envy to it, as if he were looking over his shoulder in more ways than one.”

Dave Grohl discussed Kurt Cobain bringing Nirvana to an expensive steak restaurant for the specific reason of spending a lot of money in a GQ interview.

It happened on Nirvana’s last trip to South America in 1993, where, while drumming, Grohl bit down so hard on his tongue it looked like “a freshly sliced slab of rare sirloin” for days afterwards and how on the very same trip he, Cobain and bass player Krist Novoselic went to “the most expensive steak joint we could find just to spend the record company’s money”. Cobain, a vegetarian, was a little horrified at the way his bandmates could choose which cow their meal came from with the help of colour photographs.

Grohl also spoke of how he once used his time on a long-haul flight to try to learn Dutch, with the help of an audio programme he found at the dusty end of the in-flight entertainment system. On another flight there was also a close encounter with Cate Blanchett (he’s spent a lot of time airborne one way or the other these past three decades) and gazing at her ethereal beauty felt like putting his head in the mouth of a unicorn, a sensation quickly spoilt, however, when he spotted the actress later on with a Korean face sheet applied, thus resembling “Anthony Hopkins from The Silence Of The Lambs. But, you know, still really pretty.”