Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl has dreams of playing with the legendary band Nirvana again but won’t sing any of the late frontman Kurt Cobain’s songs live on stage.
There’s been a series of reunions with his ex-bandmates Krist Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear with various guest vocalists. They played at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 with guest vocalists. See when St Vincent sang “Lithium” below
Grohl says. “I wouldn’t feel comfortable singing a song that Kurt sang,” and added he doesn’t feel comfortable jamming to Nirvana at home.
As most people know Grohl wasn’t Nirvana’s first drummer and joined after Nirvana’s 1989 Bleach tour fell apart with tensions with then guitarists Jason Everman. Grohl permanently replaced drummer Chad Channing in 1990.
Grohl recalls “When I first joined the band, it was so much fun, I lived on the couch in Kurt’s living room. We rehearsed in a barn. We set up our gear and played those songs, and people bounced around and got hot and sweaty. I really loved the connection and the appreciation that Nirvana’s audience had with the band.”
Grohl adds “I feel perfectly at home playing those songs on the drums, and I love playing them with Krist and Pat and another vocalist, I still have dreams that we’re in Nirvana, that we’re still a band. I still dream there’s any empty arena waiting for us to play. But I don’t sit down at home and run through ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by myself. It’s just a reminder that the person who is responsible for those beautiful songs is no longer with us. It’s bittersweet.”
Nirvana dissolved in 1994 in the wake of Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Grohl then switched to frontman and guitarist to form the Foo Fighters. Foo Fighters have their 10th studio entitled Medicine at Midnight released in February.