Dave Grohl Reflects on Nirvana’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.01.2014
Grohl talks about his embrace with Courtney Love…
The Hollywood Reporter recently interviewed Dave Grohl and talked about Nirvana's recent induction at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Below are some highlights.
Grohl on his reflection of his embrace with Kurt Cobain's widow Courtney Love at the event: "You know, the wonderful thing about that night was the personal side of it. It was the Hall of Fame ceremony, but it meant so much to all of us personally that sometimes you forgot about the other stuff -- like the arena and the trophy -- and focused on real, personal things. I saw Courtney walking past [earlier in the night], and I just tapped her on the shoulder and we looked at each other in the eyes and that was it -- we're just family. We've had a rocky road. We've had a bumpy past, but at the end of the day we're a big family and when we hugged each other it was a real hug."
Grohl on his earlier encounter with Love and how he saw her earlier: "Yeah, that was not on camera -- that was just the two of us in the hallway. And we said, "How are you doing? Are you good?"
"Yes. Are you good?"
"Yes. Okay, let's do this."
"And that was it. And after we walked off stage, we just walked down the hallway together, it was almost like no time had passed at all. Those things are real and no matter what it looks like in a magazine or on a website. That's real shit and I was very, very happy that we had those moments. It was beautiful."
Grohl on how the Nirvana performance at the event came together: "When we started thinking about how we were going to choose performers, that was heavy. It was tricky. It was more complicated than just jumping up onstage and playing music. It was emotional, there's a legacy to preserve, there's so much to take into consideration. And Joan Jett was the first name to come up and there was no question that she should be there. I mean she is the queen of rock and roll. Kurt and Nirvana had always tried to promote women in music. And I think we just felt like this is perfect. Then a few names bounced around that didn't seem to pan out and we finally decided that we wanted all of our performers to be these incredibly talented and powerful women.
"We had fashioned the sequence of songs in chronological order. So we had Joan Jett first, because she's the queen, then we had Kim Gordon, who is an iconic hero to us, and then Annie St. Vincent. We didn't only want to focus on the past. We wanted to emphasize the future and that music is moving forward. Because Annie is surely doing that. And Ella [Lorde] is a great example of what we have to look forward to. She is able to have the biggest song of the year be something deep and meaningful and real -- that's what I hear when I listen to that song. So once we had that locked we knew that it was gonna be something special and it was just a matter of rehearsing and getting it together. And it's still hard to believe that it happened but it did and I loved it."
Grohl on his work with HBO for the Sonic Highways docu-series: "I've been working on this for a year and a half. After making the "Sound City" movie, I realized that the pairing of music and documentary worked so well because the stories give substance and depth to the song, which makes a stronger emotional connection to it. If you know the story behind the artist, or the story behind the studio, or the song, it widens your appreciation for the music. The four-minute long video is a blessed thing but sometimes it can be just an image. And these stories and these people give so much more depth to the music."
On the connection with the show on the next Foo Fighters album: "You'll recognize Foo Fighters in this record but you'll also be surprised by us. We're doing things that we've never done before. And I want to say that it's only eight songs but I think it might be our longest record because, as I was writing these songs, I had to take a cinematic approach. Like I couldn't just write a three-and-a-half-minute long KROQ jingle and film it for the finale of an episode about the history of music in New Orleans, ya know? We really had to step up what we do. The music is a progression or an evolution for sure, but it's a Foo Fighters record."