Foo Fighters leader and Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl says he still has vivid dreams about Kurt Cobain. The Nirvana singer, songwriter, and guitarist shot himself to death on April 5th, 1994 in a room above the garage of his Seattle home.
Grohl, who'll release his latest album with the Foos, Medicine At Midnight, on Friday (February 5th), told The Independent that Cobain's death nearly curtailed his won musical career, revealing, “I wasn’t sure I’d ever play music again. I turned the amplifiers off. I was lost.”
He went on to talk about the times that Cobain visits him in his dreams: “They always give me this initial burst of happiness and joy, because Kurt is always in them. It’s like: 'Oh! He’s still alive!' There’s never any explanation for that. Just that lovely feeling. Then it all goes wrong when we go on stage. There’s no one in the audience and my drum sticks stretch to the size of telephone poles. I honestly believe there is some energy or interconnectivity that makes those encounters more than just dreams. I’m not a psychic or anything like that. But I do believe there’s an energy to those dreams that makes them more than hallucinations.”
Grohl spoke frankly about his and Cobain's relationship, telling The Big Issue, “Of course we loved each other. We were friends. But, y'know, there was a dysfunction in Nirvana that a band like Foo Fighters doesn’t have. You also have to realize, from the time I joined Nirvana to the time it was over was only about four years. It wasn’t a long period of time. Was I close to Kurt, as I am to Taylor Hawkins? No.”
Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic told us that the band has taken on a life of its own in the quarter century since Kurt Cobain's suicide: “I think since Kurt died things have kind of changed, though. It’s gone a little too far. They’ve deified Kurt, y'know? Because, I remember Nirvana on the In Utero tour, we would play a hockey rink like in Canton, Ohio, and how many people would be there, like 3,500 people? But I’m sure if Nirvana played there now it would be like a total sold-out show, but you can’t be too sure of that, because of the event and what happened.”