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Dave Grohl Still Dreams He's in Nirvana but Doesn't Want to Sing Kurt Cobain's Songs — Here's Why

Olowokandi Fiyin
Jan 16, 2021
03:20 P.M.
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Despite being the frontman of the rock band Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl hasn't forgotten his days as the drummer for the band Nirvana. However, he won't perform his former band's songs for sentimental reasons.

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Dave Grohl is Foo Fighters' founder, but he is best known as the drummer for the band Nirvana. The musician recently confessed that he missed the old days with his former band and explained why he wouldn't perform their songs.

The 51-year-old reminisced about the memories he shared with Nirvana and the close connection he had with his bandmates, especially the late frontman Kurt Cobain, whose couch he lived on during their early days.

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performs onstage at the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards "Let's Go Crazy" The GRAMMY Salute To Prince on January 28, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

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Grohl confessed he sometimes dreamt that Nirvana was still a band but explained he didn't feel comfortable singing the band's songs in public, although he was comfortable playing them on his drums at home. 

Despite his desire for the band to have another shot in the spotlight, the father-of-three won't sing his late friend's songs because it reminded him that Cobain was gone and that made any performance, in his words, "bittersweet."

Dave Grohl at the Premiere Party of "The Nowhere Inn" during the Sundance Film Festival 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

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Over a decade ago, the band disbanded after Cobain's death in 1994, yet the former drummer remains protective of Nirvana's songs and the memories he shared with his bandmates.

[Grohl's] drumming style was inspired by his favorite band's drummer, the late John Bonham from Led Zeppelin.

Kurt Cobain performs with Nirvana for 'MTV Unplugged, on November 18, 1993 | Photo: Getty Images

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Grohl confessed that the period he first joined the band was full of joy until things changed due to their global fame. He blamed the band's dark past on drugs and being in an environment that wasn't healthy.

Last year, in honor of the Jewish festival known as Hanukkah, the Foo Fighters frontman teamed up with producer Greg Kurstin to record eight covers of Jewish artists' songs in a series of YouTube videos.

Frontman Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performs at the Intersect music festival at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on December 7, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

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The covers were released each night of the 8-day celebration, and it included songs by popular Jewish musicians such as Drake, Peaches, Justine Frischmann, and bands like Mountain and Beastie Boys.

Grohl was previously married to Jennifer Youngblood but currently shares three daughters, Violet, Harper, and Ophelia, with his wife, Jordyn Blum. The 51-year-old joined Nirvana after Kurt Cobain, and Krist Novoselic scouted him.

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs at Cal Jam on October 7, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

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His drumming style was inspired by his favorite band's drummer, the late John Bonham from Led Zeppelin. The artist reportedly played most of the instruments and wrote all the songs for his band Foo Fighters' 1995 debut.

On January 14, 1969, the beloved drummer was born, and he joined the iconic Nirvana band on September 25, 1990. He then spent that year's October touring England with the band.

Dave Grohl at the Premiere Party of "The Nowhere Inn" during the Sundance Film Festival 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

In 1991, the band performed for Sonic Youth during their European festival tour featured in the documentary film "1991: The Year Punk Broke." The band's song "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was regarded as that generation's anthem.

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