Dave Grohl joined Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music for a conversation about the time period from his early days in Nirvana through the release of the first Foo Fighters album.
The interview airs on Saturday (July 4), exactly 25 years after Foo Fighter’s debut, self-titled albums arrived (July 4, 1995).
Grohl admitted that when he joined Nirvana and they became “really huge really fast”, he was still unsure that he wasn’t really good for the band.
“I mean I joined Nirvana, I was their fifth drummer, right?” he said. “They had a team of drummers before me and some of them were more, I don’t know, more in the band than others. So when I joined the band I didn̵
“It was almost exactly a year from what I agreed to at that time forget it come out. And so when it came out it was like things happen so fast. The band got really big. But every band I’ve been to before was with friends I had known for a really long time. And there is some certainty in that. So when you join a band where you don’t know anyone and just start getting to know each other and it sounds good when you play music, you just start getting to know each other, but there isn’t a deep personal connection. And then the band gets really, really fast. You’re just so nervous that you either get fired or it will end. I basically didn’t want to get fired. And so I did my best to prevent this thing from disappearing. So that was the real uncertainty I had, ‘I’m not good enough. They will find someone else, “Grohl explained.
After Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994, Grohl was in mourning and for a while uncertain about returning to music.
“I started getting calls from people to ask if I wanted to play drums with them or join another band, and I just didn’t see it happening at that time,” he said. “And I had always come home from tours and recorded songs by myself, but that feeling was gone. I didn’t really want to write or even listen to music, much less join a band and play in one. So it was weird , when your life is just being pulled out from under you like that. I don’t think anyone really thought that much about what came next. You got stuck in that moment. I’ve always loved playing music and I’ve always loved writing and recording songs for myself. So I feel I have to do it just for myself. ”
Looking back on when the first Foo Fighters album came to its fullest, Grohl says he would give credit to his Nirvana bandmates for that to happen.
“I would spend time [that album] to Krist and Kurt for still to this day was the Nirvana experience probably … I mean I don’t want to say … I have children. I can’t say it’s the most important event of my entire life. But it’s safe to say that we wouldn’t be here right now and talk about this if it wasn’t for my time in Nirvana. And I had learned so many lessons from Kurt, I learned so many lessons from Christ. It was such an honor to be in that band and it was so devastating when it ended. But we have that catalog of music that we did together and that experience not only changed us, but a whole lot of the world we lived in. So I think it was probably the most design period of my life. I went from being a messy teen to being in this band that was huge. And then everything stopped and trying to rebuild life with the lessons I had learned through all this, “he said.
Grohl continued: “There are some journalists who are “How dare you play music after Nirvana.” I’m “What should I do?” We tried really hard to make it right. Instead of jumping on a tour that opens up to a massive arena band at that time, we thought, ‘Okay, let’s get in the van and let’s do it like we’ve always done it. Let’s start as we always started, ‘and it felt comfortable for us. And when we did any marketing or press, we didn’t do a video right outside the gate, we tried to harden all these things because it was scary in a way. I knew I was going with the plank on this. I knew I was going to be examined and I knew there would be comparisons and similar things. And yes, I mean it was tough. But it wasn’t that tough. I mean it was like somebody gave you shit, you just say “F — you, Mom — you.”
Watch some preview clips below, and hear the entire interview on Saturday at 7 PST here – or catch it on request later on Apple Music.