Dave Grohl has compared the rise of Billie Eilish to that of Nirvana’s boom in 1991.
Eilish, an American singer and songwriter who has seen her music go viral with her songs being he streaming count reaching into the hundreds of millions, is preparing to release her debut studio album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? in March which is expected to be a huge commercial success for Interscope Records.
With the media furore surrounding her, Eilish is in demand for all major festival bookings and her tour dates will undoubtedly sell out in record time. For Dave Grohl, who experienced similar hysteria to when his band Nirvana rose to fame, Eilish is the best definition of rock and roll in 2019.
Speaking in conversation with Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino for an in-depth discussion at PollstarLive’s conference, Grohl said: “My daughters are obsessed with Billie Eilish,” before adding: “The same thing is happening with her that happened with Nirvana in 1991. People say, ‘Is rock dead?’ When I look at someone like Billie Eilish, rock and roll is not close to dead!”
Despite knowing the rising star Eilish, Grohl was quick to somewhat distance himself from rising pop stars and admitted that today’s music is moving at a pace to demanding to keep in touch with: “A lot of the changes in music I don’t understand,” he said. “I don’t know the difference between Pandora and Spotify. I don’t get it. I don’t have the app. Sorry.”