Dave Grohl recalled his early days with Nirvana whole traveling around the country in a rented van. The new doc, Dave Grohl’s What Drives Us, is directed by Grohl, produced by Foo Fighters, and is based around various bands' war stories of making their bones during their early days traveling together on the road.
Grohl has tapped a wide range of friends and fellow musicians — including such high-profile rockers as Ringo Starr, Flea, Slash & Duff McKagan, The Edge, Lars Ulrich, Brian Johnson, Steven Tyler, No Doubt‘s Tony Kanal, Black Flag‘s Kira Roessler, St. Vincent, Exene Cervenka of X, and many more
Dave Grohl chatted with The Hollywood Reporter and shared some of his war stories from Nirvana's pre-fame days: “I remember driving over the Rockies in our van on an early Nirvana tour, in a snowstorm, and stopping in the middle of the highway because there was a f***ing 10-foot moose in front of us, that we were afraid was going to attack our band. Everyone was like, 'Don’t honk. Don’t honk. It’ll attack the van.' Just stupid s*** like that. When Nevermind came out and we started that tour in September of 1991, we were in a van. We were pulling a trailer, and it was all of us and our road crew in a van. And the album started blasting up the charts as we were playing venues that held 100, 200, maybe 300 people. And the 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' video was on MTV. We were pulling up to these venues in our van that were just overflowing with people in a, like, imminent riot situation. We’re supposed to go in there and set up and incite this riot. So you’re experiencing all of these things from a bench seat in a van. You’re just like, 'What the f*** is going on right now?' So, yeah, I mean, every day there was something new. It was f***ing insane.”