Dave Grohl reveals the one Beatles song that reminds him of Kurt Cobain
At a time when live music remains a distant memory amid the current health crisis lockdown, we’re revisiting some of the iconic moments of music history through Far Out Magazine’s ‘From The Vault’ section. Here, we explore the moment former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl detailed the importance of The Beatles while reminiscing about his old bandmate Kurt Cobain.
Grohl, previously making an appearance on BBC Radio 2 to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ iconic album Abbey Road, revealed that the 1965 song ‘In My Life’ holds a special place in his heart after it was played at Cobain’s funeral service.
“It means a lot to me, because it was the song that was played at Kurt Cobain’s memorial,” Grohl explained to Radio 2. “That day, after everyone had said their piece, this next song came over the speakers and everyone got to celebrate Kurt’s love of The Beatles one last time together.
“Still to this day, when I hear it, it touches a place in me that no other song ever will. It’s called ‘In My Life’ and knowing how much of a fan Kurt was of The Beatles, and how much of an influence they were, to everything we’ve done ever done…I’d like to play this one for him.”
The 60-minute radio show, Dave Grohl: My Beatles, was designed to detail the Foo Fighters’ frontman’s connection to a series of different Beatles tracks. “I’d like to play the first Beatles song I ever heard, and it might be the first record I ever listened to,” he said.
“I remember having a sleepover at a friend’s house when I was four or five years old and listening to ‘Hey Jude’. I don’t think I’d ever listened to a rock and roll record. This was my introduction and it’s stuck with me ever since.”
He continued: “I remember that night, laying in my sleeping bag and singing along to the na-na-nas at the end of the song.
“It was stuck in my head so much I couldn’t sleep.”