DAVE GROHL: People Are Afraid To Ask Me About NIRVANA

January 16, 2003

FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl says that people are often afraid to ask him questions about his previous band NIRVANA for fear of offending him.

"There are times, on tour, where people will ask questions or wanna know what it was like in 1991, or if the box set will ever come out, or how's the court case going," Grohl told Spin magazine. "I think a lot of people are afraid to ask me about it, just because of obvious reasons, the demise of the band, or just feeling intimidated, not knowing what to say. Sometimes people are afraid to ask about it. Sometimes when I do interviews, people will ask me questions about NIRVANA, and they don't say the word NIRVANA. They use the term 'previous band.' So they'll say, 'Well, in your previous band...' It's funny to me, because — I don't consider it a curse. It's not something I dislike talking about. There are things I'd prefer to keep personal, to keep to myself, but, I mean, shit, you can't deny it. It was such a huge part of my life. There's not one day that goes by that I don't think about it. Every day I think about it, just like every day you think about your family, or whatever, it's just a big part of your life. When the FOO FIGHTERS first started doing interviews, we didn't do interviews for a long time, because we knew what people wanted to talk about. And so we tried to avoid it as much as possible. It's just a matter of how people go about it. And sometimes I'll just shut off and say, 'well, next question.' And sometimes I feel absolutely comfortable talking about it. Because I don't look back on that whole experience like it was terrible. Most people do — a lot of people think of NIRVANA as this sad, brooding, depressive experience. But I don't. I have a lot of great memories. And at the same time, I've forgotten so much, just because it was so insane and it happened in such a short period of time. I mean, fuck, I joined the band in September of 1990, and by April of '94 it was done. It's like, Jesus — try to imagine everything that happened to you during college. You can't remember everything, it just happens so quickly."

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