There’s no denying what an influential and brilliant band Nirvana was since they managed to create a legacy like no other in less than a decade. The band is also one of the best-selling bands of all time and they received countless awards including seven MTV Video Music Awards, a Grammy Award, an American Music Award, and numerous more.

Since the band is considered to be one of the greatest artists of all time, all of the members of Nirvana and their personal relationships with each other have always been a matter of curiosity. Especially the interaction between late lead singer Kurt Cobain and drummer Dave Grohl and we’re here to break down an interesting detail about the duo’s personal opinions of each other.

Kurt Cobain Was Strictly In Charge Of Nirvana


When Nirvana’s music manager during their heyday Danny Goldberg published a memoir titled ‘Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain‘ back in April 2019, he also revealed many unknown aspects about the late singer’s personal life.

In the book, Goldberg looked back on the time when he first met the members of Nirvana and stated that Cobain made it pretty clear that he was the one who’s in charge of the band. Apparently, since the singer wrote the tracks, had the lead guitarist duties, and did pretty much anything for the band on his own, he considered himself to be the leader of the band and made sure everybody around knew it as well.

In the book, Goldberg penned:

“Kurt wrote the songs, he was the lead singer, he was the lead guitar player, he storyboarded the videos, he designed the album covers and he made the decisions. For the first part of that meeting, he hardly said anything. Krist did a lot of the talking.

Then, at one point, I asked them, ‘Do you want to stay on the indie label?’ because you never know with punk bands. And Kurt suddenly piped in, ‘No.’ Making it clear that he knew what he wanted, that he wanted to leave the indie and be on a major, and it also made it clear to me that he was the boss.”

It’s pretty clear that the Nirvana lead singer was the boss in the band and everybody that has worked with them would sense his presence as the lead singer, the lead guitarist, the lyricist, and artistic director of the band. But what happens if another member also has the skills to take his spot in the band, let’s take a look.

Kurt Cobain Was Jealous Of Dave Grohl’s Vocals

Despite the world is now aware of Dave Grohl’s incredible vocals as the frontman of Foo Fighters, many fans knew him as the drummer of Nirvana several years ago. However, his bandmate Kurt Cobain was aware of Grohl’s voice and he was envious of his potential.

The unknown story was revealed by Goldberg himself once again and he penned in his memoir the time when Kurt Cobain told him what a great voice Dave Grohl has on purpose. It was obvious that the singer wanted to see his reaction basically since they both heard Grohl sing multiple times before.

That’s when the manager understood the jealousy Kurt Cobain had for Dave Grohl due to being incredibly competitive regardless of his friendly personality. Cobain must have felt threatened by his bandmate’s talent and couldn’t resist the envy since it was his music that he cared deeply about.

Danny Goldberg wrote in his book:

“Kurt just said to me, ‘I don’t think you realize how good a singer Davie 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.

It should be mentioned that these are only assumptions about other people’s observations and Kurt Cobain may have never felt any type of jealousy for his bandmate. However, Cobain’s negative feelings towards Dave Grohl have been around for a while in spite of the lack of evidence and Grohl’s own statements about their relationship and how they were close prior to the singer’s passing.