Dave Grohl Recalls Last Time He Saw Kurt Cobain

2013-09-27

Story by Anne Erickson

Dave Grohl remembers the final time he saw Kurt Cobain before the Nirvana singer’s suicide

With Nirvana’s “In Utero” 20th anniversary edition in stores this week, talk of the legendary grunge rock band is all around. In a new chat with Rolling Stone, Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl recalled the last time he saw Kurt Cobain in 1994 before Cobain’s suicide. It’s an emotional memory.

“I called Kurt after Rome,” he told the magazine. Nirvana fans will recall that Cobain overdosed on pills and alcohol in March of 1994 a hotel in Rome , so this was following that incident. “I said, ‘Hey, man, that really scared everybody. And I don’t want you to die.’ Then I saw him at our accountant’s office [in Seattle],” Grohl explained. “He was walking out as I was walking in. He smiled and said, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ And I said, ‘I’ll give you a call.’ And he said, ‘Okay.’”

Grohl also remembered living with Cobain during Nirvana’s first years together. “He isolated himself in a lot of ways, emotionally. But he had a genuine, sweet nature,” Grohl said. “He never intentionally made you feel uncomfortable. Living with him in that tiny apartment in Olympia, Washington, there was some sort of bond. But it was much different than his relationship with Krist (Novoselic, bass player).”

Novoselic, Grohl added, had an extremely close friendship with Cobain: “The two had such a beautiful, unspoken understanding of each other. Those two guys, together, totally defined the Nirvana aesthetic. Every quirk, all the strange things that came from Nirvana came from Krist and Kurt.”




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