drummer and current Foo Fighters
mainman Dave Grohl
thoroughly discussed the time he spent among the ranks of grunge icons, as well as the brief final conversation with late Kurt Cobain
Grohl kicked off the recent Rolling Stone
chat by talking about life with the legendary frontman. In Dave's words, it was somewhat of a strange experience.
"Living with Kurt was funny,"
he said. "He isolated himself in a lot of ways, emotionally. But he had a genuine, sweet nature. 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
Dave then focused on Kurt's relationship with bassist Krist Novoselic, describing it as nothing short of amazing.
"I looked at Krist and Kurt as soulmates,"
he explained. "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. I think
[growing up in] Aberdeen, their experiences together in those formative years, had a lot to do with that."
As for Grohl's final encounter with Cobain, it was in fact a quite brief one. As Dave remembers, he called Kurt in Rome in March 1994 after the frontman's drug overdose, telling him "Hey, man, that really scared everybody. And I don't want you to die."
"Then I saw him at our accountant's office
he said. "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.'"
In a separate part of the interview, the Foos frontman made an interesting confession that reaching superstardom with Nirvana was actually not an easy transition, as he was afraid of being rejected by his underground heroes.
"When Nirvana became popular, it was a difficult transition,"
he said. "You're in the underground punk scene with your heroes like
's] Ian McKaye or
] Calvin Johnson. You're desperately wishing for these people's approval, because it validates you as a musician: I'm for real."
Grohl concluded, "I was lucky, because I went back to Washington, D.C. and had all my heroes tell me they were proud that I became a f--king corporate rock star
[laughs]. That weight was lifted from my shoulders, right out of the game. I never worried about that. That might have had something to do with Kurt's anxiety. He was afraid that the people on the scene wouldn't approve of where he was."
20th anniversary "In Utero
" reissue dropped yesterday (September 24) through DGC Records. With bonus material galore, the record also features a previously unreleased track "Forgotten Tune
." Listen to it below.