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Dave Grohl on Performing Nirvana Material Live: ‘It Just Hasn’t Felt Right’

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When Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl began to put together Foo Fighters in 1994, it would have been incredibly easy to draw fans in by covering the Nirvana monster tracks which made the drummer a grunge icon. However, Grohl never took that path, choosing to focus on original music while taking the Foos down a different path than the one Nirvana had helped carve.

In a new interview, Grohl addresses why has chosen to leave Nirvana’s tracks alone and why he has continued to do so for nearly 20 years.

Shortly after Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain‘s death in 1994, drummer Dave Grohl began to focus on his new project, Foo Fighters, who have gone on to become a multiplatinum band themselves. Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic went on to form the band Sweet 75 and later Eyes Adrift, and although Novoselic hasn’t experienced the same commercial success as Grohl, both musicians share the same ideals on how to keep a safe distance from Nirvana’s catalogue.

“There’s a reason why you don’t see Nirvana’s songs in chewing-gum commercials,” Grohl tells “Krist and I do our best to try to keep that sort of thing from happening. The band stood for something; we took pride in our integrity and in our band. We understood the world that we were living in, having gone from the van to becoming what people understand as Nirvana now. But we really tried our best to keep our cool. So Kirst and I still do.”

Grohl continues, “There’s a reason why the Foo Fighters don’t blast out Nirvana songs every night: because we have a lot of respect for them. You know, that’s hallowed ground. We have to be careful. We have to tread lightly. We have talked about it before, but the opportunity hasn’t really come up, or it just hasn’t felt right.”

Dave Grohl has been keeping busy with his ‘Sound City: Real to Reel’ documentary and creating the film’s soundtrack which features musicians such as Paul McCartney, Josh Homme, Corey Taylor, Krist Novoselic + many more. Now that the film project has been completed, Grohl is back at work on new Foo Fighters music, which means the band’s hiatus didn’t last very long.

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