2020 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Foo Fighters. In a new interview with Mojo, Dave Grohl has reflected on the band’s genesis in 1995, and how his tumultuous relationship with Nirvana fans fueled Foo Fighters success.
The year following the passing of Kurt Cobain saw Grohl form Foo Fighters — news that didn’t sit well with Nirvana die-hards.
“They were like, ‘How dare you be in a band again? Your music is fucking shit and that was a real band and you’re not’,” Grohl explained.
This cold reception didn’t deter Grohl from continuing to make music, the frontman revealed it just intensified his desire to succeed.
“It’s like, ‘You really think that’s gonna stop me? It only makes me wanna fucking do it more, y’know. So, you can keep it coming if you want but I don’t give a fuck.”
Retrospectively, Grohl admits that the success of Nirvana laid the foundation for the Foo Fighters to thrive. The rocker has acknowledged the pre-existing audience he had that were anticipating his next musical endeavours.
“I’ve never been afraid to say that if it weren’t for Nirvana, the Foo Fighters wouldn’t be in the same position that we’re in now,” he continued. “We had an advantage right out of the gate that there was an interest in the band because of that. I mean, it’s obvious.”
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Grohl recently revealed that Foo Fighters had finished work on their tenth album.
“We just finished another fucking record, and I’m so fucking proud of it,” Grohl revealed in an interview with Kerrang. “It’s unlike anything we’ve ever done.”
“I’m fucking excited for people to hear it and I can’t wait to jump on that fucking stage to play it. There are choruses on this record that 50-fucking-thousand people are gonna sing, and it’s gonna bring everyone’s fucking hearts together in that moment. And that’s what it’s all about.”
In other news, Dave Grohl has been keeping busy during this period of global self-isolation. The musician recently launched an Instagram account, ‘Dave’s True Stories’, as a way to archive autobiographical short stories from his life. The musician also recently featured on the Elton John-hosted COVID-19 benefit ‘iHeart Living Room Concert for America’. His appearance on the special saw him crack off an acoustic rendition of Fooey’s classic, ‘My Hero’.