Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has been reflecting on his past work and discussing how he still often dreams about playing live music with his previous band Nirvana.
Grohl, who joined Nirvana in 1990 and replaced Chad Channing, enjoyed major mainstream success with the band who had previously seen Aaron Burckhard, Dale Crover and Dave Foster on the drums in what was slowly becoming a constantly revolving door of lineup changes.
With repeated uncertainty, the stars would align as Dave Grohl’s band Scream had suddenly split up and he called his friend Buzz Osbourne for advice about what to do next. Buzz knew Nirvana needed a drummer so made the call and Grohl was given the opportunity to audition and the rest, as they say, is history. Grohl would become the mainstay of the band, solidifying the group’s presence at the top of rock and roll.
Grohl would prove to be a significant missing piece of the puzzle for Nirvana, helping the band nail down their now-iconic sound and, with it, major critical and commercial success until Kurt Cobain’s tragic death in 1994. Reflecting on his life in the band, the drummer recently stated: “I wouldn’t feel comfortable singing a song that Kurt sang,” he told 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.”