Here’s some sad news from the world of rock: Per NME, Dave Grohl has revealed that he would never feel comfortable singing Nirvana songs live with Foo Fighters, which telegraphs pretty clearly that he just doesn’t know how to and is trying to play it off.
Just own it, Dave. It’s all good! You could still learn if you wanted to, we bet.
The Foo Fighters singer-songwriter, who first served as the drummer of Nirvana until Kurt Cobain’s tragic death in 1994, has only ever played Nirvana songs live with former Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic on bass and Pat Smear on guitar, while he took his place behind the kit. Now, he’s finally giving insight as to why.
“I wouldn’t feel comfortable singing a song that Kurt sang,” he said to Classic Rock. “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,” he continued. “I still dream there’s an 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.”
But for as heartwarming of a sentiment as that is, c’mon, Dave. It’s cool, man. You don’t know how to play Nirvana songs, so what? You’d probably sound like a weird regular old guy singing in his car all alone if you tried to sing like Kurt Cobain, big deal! There’s no need to be ashamed. I don’t know how to play or sing Nirvana songs either, and I’m not out here lying about it in magazines.
Just brutal. Here’s to hoping that eventually, Dave Grohl will feel comfortable enough with his own success to admit that he wouldn’t even know where to begin if he tried to play a Nirvana song, and, if he really does want to learn how instead of being such a massive liar, that he’ll work up the courage to simply YouTube it or something. We’re rooting for you, Dave!