Dave Grohl Reportedly Almost Quit Nirvana After Kurt Cobain Criticism
A new biography about the life and times of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl asserts that the former Nirvana drummer nearly quit the band in 1993 — after hearing Kurt Cobain discuss his shortcomings at great length while on a flight from Seattle to Los Angeles.
“Kurt was kinda f—ed up. And I heard him talking about how s—-y a drummer I was,” recalls Grohl in the appropriately titled ‘This Is a Call: The Life and Times of Dave Grohl,’ which hits bookstores this December. “I just want to f—ing play music. I don’t want to have to deal with any of this craziness.”
Apparently Cobain went on to say he wished Grohl would “play more like” Mudhoney drummer Dan Peters, who himself had spent a brief spell drumming for Nirvana before Grohl joined the band. At this point in Nirvana’s tumultuous career, the book asserts, the band had split into two warring factions, with Cobain and his wife Courtney Love on one side, and Grohl and founding bassist Krist Novoselic on the other.
Lucky for Nirvana fans, band manager Alex McLeod was able to calm Grohl down and his departure was over before the flight’s arrival in L.A. But the author isn’t so sure that the reconciliation would’ve lasted. His “gut instinct” is that Nirvana would still be playing music if Cobain were alive today, but Grohl would not likely be in the band.
“Dave was very aware that Nirvana was Kurt and Krist’s band, and that as lifelong friends, they shared a bond which went beyond music,” he says. “At some point I feel that Dave would have parted company with the pair.”