Dave Grohl reveals he couldn't even listen to music after Kurt Cobain's suicide
Grohl, who went on to forge a successful career with 'Foo Fighters' after 'Nirvana,' says it was very difficult dealing with his good friend's death
Kurt Cobain's suicide death on April 8, 1994 left fans across the world in shock and mourning. The talented musician was the frontman of one of the most popular bands of the time, 'Nirvana,' and his star had been on the rise, only to be cut cruelly short when he was just 27 years old. Friend and band drummer Dave Grohl was one of those most deeply affected by Cobain's tragic death.
As reported by Billboard, Grohl, who has since gone on to forge an exemplary musical career on his own, admitted in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning that the suicide was a dark period in his life and left him unable to enjoy music.
"I went through a really dark period where I couldn't really even listen to the radio because it broke my heart just to hear music," he said. "When most people think about Nirvana, they think about a video or a song on the radio, but to me, it was a really personal experience with some friends that went from sleeping on floors to then being the number one band on the charts."
Grohl only joined 'Nirvana' in 1990, but was its longest-serving drummer at the time of Cobain's death in 1994. Soon after, he went on to found Foo Fighters, for whom he is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Nirvana in his first year of eligibility in 2014, he then went on to serve as a co-founder and drummer for rock supergroup 'Them Crooked Vultures,' which features John Paul Jones (former member of Led Zeppelin) and Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), as well as performing for side projects 'Late!' and 'Probot.' A 10-time Grammy Award-winner with Foo Fighters, Grohl's career is as decorated as it gets.
But despite the achievements and the accolades, and the obvious musical talent, Grohl reveals he was initially shy about sharing the songs he'd written while he was still drumming for Nirvana. "I didn’t like my voice. I didn’t think I was a songwriter, and I was in a band with one of the greatest songwriters of our generation," he said.
"I didn’t really want to rock the boat. That’s the famous joke: What’s the last thing the drummer said before he got kicked out of the band? 'Hey guys, I’ve got some songs I think we should play.' So I just kind of kept it to myself," he continued.
The Foo Fighters released 'Concrete and Gold' this past September, with singles 'Run' and 'The Sky is a Neighborhood' going on to top the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs charts. 'Line,' another single from the album, became their 25th top 10 song on the chart, ranking them as the third-most number of top 10s in the chart's history, behind only Tom Petty's 28 and Van Halen.