When Kurt Cobain died, I remember thinking ‘I still get to live’: Dave Grohl on the grunge legend's passing
24 years after the Nirvana frontman's passing, former bandmate Dave Grohl details how Cobain's suicide made him realize how much he wants to affirm life
Dave Grohl has always been honest about the ways he’s still dealing with the loss of his Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain 24 years ago. Earlier in May, the Foo Fighters frontman revealed he still can’t listen to Nirvana without choking up.
Now, in a rare candid moment during an interview with PBS, Grohl discussed the impact Cobain's death had on him and what he learned from it. “When Kurt died, I remember the next day and thinking, ‘I still get to live’,” Grohl said in the interview. “So I’m going to live everyday like it’s my last one. Even if it’s the worst day, I’m gonna try to appreciate it.”
The former Nirvana drummer got emotional as he paused for a moment before adding: “And I still feel that way. I never wanna die. I honestly feel like if I get to do this," he said, pointing to his guitars in the background. "And I’ve got these beautiful kids… As long as I get to do this," he said, thrashing his arms about pretending to play the drums, "I’m all good. That’s how I feel.”
It’s a gripping moment from a more in-depth interview, one that gives a glimpse into the camaraderie that the band shared all those years ago. Watch the moment below:
Grohl reunited with surviving Nirvana members Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear last month at Foo Fighters' Cal Jam 2018 for a rare performance of their old band's hits. The reunion marked only the second time ever that the band reunited, the first being Nirvana's induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
In a recent interview with Kerrang! magazine, Grohl admitted he's finally opening up to more Nirvana performances, but asserted that it won't be a "regular thing".
“After we played the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I considered the idea that, if there was an opportunity, we could do it again,” he said. “But it’s delicate territory, and you can’t treat it like just another show,” Grohl added. “It’s very complicated, and very special. In those moments, when it just happens naturally, I think is the best way.”