Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl recently gave an interview to Rolling Stone in which he talked about the backlash he received from the people around him when he formed Foo Fighters after Nirvana’s disbandment.
The legendary grunge rock band Nirvana disbanded after the tragic death of its frontman Kurt Cobain. Even though the musicians didn’t want to continue under the name Nirvana without their frontman, the band members were also not done making music. Thus, drummer Dave Grohl formed the Foo Fighters and his former bandmate, Pat Smear, joined him on his project.
The duo, especially Dave Grohl, received a lot of backlash and hate from Nirvana fans and even his friends due to moving on after Cobain’s death. However, it appears it was inevitable to stop Grohl from getting back on stage as he truly loves life and rock and roll.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Grohl recalled those times and exposed what people told him because he wanted to move on. Although these were the kind of comments that would make someone give up on their dreams, Grohl decided not to take them into consideration. Therefore, he continued to pursue his passion for music.
In the interview, Dave Grohl described what people put him through:
“I was thinking, ‘It’s inevitable: People will not want me to do this.’ And there were people, even friends, that were offended. And I just thought, ‘How dare they?’ ‘This is how I’m going to get through life!’
And then, I would sit in an interview, and they’d say, ‘With all the crashing cymbals and distorted guitars and the screaming, did you intentionally want to sound like Nirvana?'”
Especially during the band’s early days, most people and critics searched carefully to notice their similarities with Nirvana. Grohl stated that he would get annoyed when told that there were similarities with his former band because he wanted to move forward.