AceShowbiz - Before performing with Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl was part of one of music icons, Nirvana. But despite its worldwide fame, the Kurt Cobain-led band didn't last song, as it disbanded in 1994 following the vocalist's suicide in 1994.
Now, in a new interview with The Big Issue, Grohl reflected on the "dysfunction" that he felt existed within his old band as he compared it to his current band Foo Fighters. While describing his musical relationship with his Nirvana bandmates Cobain and Krist Novoselic as "a match made in heaven," the rocker admitted he wasn't as close to them as he is to Foo Fighters' drummer Taylor Hawkins.
"But personally it was a bit off, to be honest," he spoke candidly to the site. "Of course we loved each other. We were friends. But, you know, there was a dysfunction in Nirvana that a band like Foo Fighters doesn't have."
The 52-year-old musician went on detailing his relationship with the late Cobain and his former bandmate Novoselic. "Was I close to Kurt, as I am to Taylor Hawkins? No," he admitted. "I did live with Krist and his wife when I first joined the band. I think it lasted a month and then they kicked me out, but we always had this sort of loving connection, and it was made even more so after Kurt died. When I see Krist now, I hug him like family. But back then we were young, and the world was just so strange."
Despite their "emotional dysfunction," Grohl said he and his former bandmates always connected through music. "But that emotional dysfunction in Nirvana was relieved when we put on instruments. If the music hadn't worked, we wouldn't have been there together," he explained.
Grohl added, "I truly believe that there's some people you can only communicate with musically. And sometimes that's an even greater, deeper communication. There are people that I might feel a little awkward talking to but once we strap on instruments, it's like they're the love of my life."
Following the end of Nirvana, Grohl admitted he wasn't sure if he "ever wanted to play music again." He opened up, "There was a particular trauma after the end of Nirvana that lasted for a while, but, you know, I think that love of music I had when I was a child eclipsed everything and I realized that music was going to be the thing that would write me out of that depression."
"For a while there I wasn't sure if I ever wanted to play music again. But it came back. And thankfully, just as I had hoped, it healed me," he shared. Grohl formed Foo Fighters in 1994, starting it as a one-man project before recruiting more members.