During the recent interview with Washington Post, former Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg claimed that Kurt Cobain was envious of Dave Grohl’s vocal abilities, long before Grohl formed the Foo Fighters.
“There is this wonderful moment when Kurt tells you about Dave’s singing, which nobody would know about until the Foo Fighters.”
“Kurt just said to me, “I don’t think you realize how good a singer Dave is, but I hear him singing harmonies every night.” It was like he was really doing it so I would know this because there was this very fraternal side of him and a sweet side of him, but also it had a touch of envy in it. I mean he was competitive.”
“I would say the likelihood is that Dave would have found an outlet similar to what he did with the Foo Fighters. I might not have known how talented Dave was, but Dave knew. Dave knew he was a songwriter.
Dave knew he could be a lead singer, and Kurt had other musical interests that didn’t necessarily fit in with their Nirvana. That was part of what “Unplugged” [on MTV] was about. It was originally sort of presented as something in the course of marketing [the band’s final album] “In Utero” to do.
But Kurt approached it completely differently than anybody I think had before. He didn’t do most of the hits. And he had the Meat Puppets on there and on the “In Utero” tour. He brought a cellist and another guitar player on the road with them.”
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