Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl revealed in a recent live conversation that he had no money during his early days in Nirvana, and that he was so broke he would sell music equipment for food. With Nirvana and Foo Fighters, Grohl has become one of the richest musicians on the planet.
“At the time there was like, major label interest which, I mean I just wanted to not have to sell equipment for food. And that was like where we were at. And we got a record deal and we just wanted to be Sonic Youth, is really what we wanted to be.
We just wanted to be able to play to 500 people a night and have an apartment and go play at shows. And then, something else happened to the band. And it just got really big, really fast. Which is weird when you’re a kid, you know.
I was 22 I think at that time, it was a long time ago. You have to be really careful when that kind of thing happens because it can get really difficult, which it did for Kurt [Cobain], unfortunately.”
The 25th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death was earlier this month. Nirvana’s surviving members reunited for a performance at Cal Jam in October 2018.