According to The Pulse Of Radio, Dave Grohl recently was the guest on photographer-director Sam Jones‘s interview series “Off Camera”, where he discussed NIRVANA‘s quick rise to fame, the pitfalls involved and his transition from drummer to frontman for FOO FIGHTERS. Grohl said, “Unfortunately, NIRVANA became too big too quick. Bands are like families that go through uncomfortable growing pains, and if it happens all at once, it’s just too much to handle.”
Grohl also remembered how he felt immediately after NIRVANA leader Kurt Cobain died and how that led him to create FOO FIGHTERS. He explained: “When Kurt died, I woke up the next day and thought, ‘I’m lucky to be alive’… It was a profound revelation I had the day after he died and it changed everything. It honestly changed so much of my life that I felt the most important thing was just appreciating being alive, good day or bad day. But after Kurt died, I really felt that way, like, ‘Okay, I’m gonna try this. What do I have to lose? I’m gonna start this band and then I’m gonna be the singer.'”
Grohl told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he was nervous about becoming a frontman with FOO FIGHTERS. “When the FOO FIGHTERS started playing, it was scary, because singing upfront with a guitar in your hand and having everyone stare at you as the lead vocalist is a lot different than just chiming in backup vocals when you’re behind the drums,” he said. “So I was nervous, and actually when recording the first FOO FIGHTERS record, I had never belted it out in the studio before, so I didn’t know what my voice sounded like.”
Grohl and FOO FIGHTERS are on hiatus after completing a year-long tour in support of their eighth album, “Sonic Highways”.
To commemorate the end of the touring cycle, FOO FIGHTERS released a five-song digital EP called “St. Cecilia” late last year.
The band dedicated the set, which was named after the Austin hotel in which it was recorded, to the victims of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, an event which also caused the FOO FIGHTERS to cut their European tour short.