Dave Grohl Says He Wanted PJ Harvey to Front Nirvana

Foo Fighters frontman admits considering PJ Harvey as the new Nirvana singer.

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Despite considering Nirvana a "hallowed ground" and stating that there is a good reason for not playing Nirvana tracks with the Foo Fighters live, frontman Dave Grohl has recently confessed that a PJ Harvey fronted Nirvana would be something he considers amazing.

In a recent interview with NME, Grohl admitted inviting Harvey to perform with the group during a recent Sound City concert in London after discussing such an option with the rest of the band.

"Every once in a while we talk about it. For the Sound City gig here in London we were thinking about musicians that we could invite because Stevie Nicks and John Fogerty couldn't make it. Someone came up with the idea of doing a Nirvana song with PJ Harvey. Kurt [Cobain] loved her and we love her and we thought, 'Yeah, what would we do?' I said: 'God, what if we were to do 'Milk It' from 'In Utero' with Polly singing?' We all looked at each other like, 'Woah, that would be amazing...' and then she couldn't do it!" the frontman said when asked about covering Nirvana songs live.

"The thing is, it's sacred ground. If we were ever to do something like that it would have to be right because you want to pay tribute. There's a reason Foo Fighters don't do Nirvana songs, and it's a good reason."

In another interview last week, Grohl has pointed out similar views in discussing the legacy of Nirvana and the reasons for leaving it be.

"There's a reason why the Foo Fighters don't blast out Nirvana songs every night - because we have a lot of respect for them. You know, that's hallowed ground. We have to be careful. We have to tread lightly. We have talked about it before, but the opportunity hasn't really come up, or it just hasn't felt right."

Apart from working on the new Foo Fighters release, the frontman is currently also busy with his Sound City Players supergroup project, featuring the likes of Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, John Fogerty and Stevie Nicks.

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    BlackWolf24
    Well... Grunge lives. Happy he didn't invite Jared Leto.
    rabidgoon
    "Grunge lives" in the minds of dolts who actually think the term means anything
    allamericandude
    Oh, come on. You could apply the arguments against the "existence" of grunge to any other rock sub-genre. They're just abstract boundaries defined by people. What does "progressive rock" mean? What does "alternative rock" mean? What does "metal" mean? Grunge can exist simply because people say it exists.
    rabidgoon
    I just don't see those terms as being nearly as meaningless as 'grunge'. Well, perhaps 'alternatiove' is currently as meaningless, but at least at one time it kind of signified something. "Metal' is a legit term simply because it refers to heavier rock music. I agree that sub-genres of 'metal' can be just as ridiculous, where people argue over whether something is 'death' or 'black' or whatever. "progressive' I believe is a fairly specific term that hs a meaning - complex rock-ish music played by musicians who are knowledgable of music theory and apply that knowledge to the music. 'grunge', on the other hand, doesn't really seem to mean anything. A handful of bands were arbitrarily called 'grunge' even though each one of them could be better described as something else. I mean, soundgarden, alice in chains and nirvana really don't sound very much alike one anoter. They're all hard rock bands and that's about as far as the similarity goes, but somehow they're all 'grunge' by some styrange connection that no one can describe??? what??? The common attempt at defining 'grunge' is that it's hard rock music that's not quite heavy enough to be metal but that's influenced equally by 70's hard rock like zepplin and sabbath and punk rock. Well, that's a really broad genre then. You could describe the white stripes, the black keys and whole host of others that way. It's just too pointless a term at this point, even compared to other genre terms.
    jayden453
    You are not using genre as a broad enough term. A musical genre does not HAVE to describe a sound. Grunge was attributed to those bands as a result of when they were and where they were. As well as lyrical content and general ideas, a DIY self taught aesthetic, a rejection to regular conventions. There are reasons we call them grunge. Also, genre is something that we give to bands most of the time, Alice In Chains don't call themselves a grunge band; but I still know them as grunge.
    rabidgoon
    perhaps my main problem is that grunge is really just a stupid and annoying word. It doesn't help that I associate it more than any other term with capitalists trying to market the crap out of something. I instantly recall being disgusted by such capitalist abortions like the DOD 'grunge' pedal and the dopey kids who rushed out and bought it because they were too lame and uncreative to try and come up with their own guitar sound.
    AaronianKenrod
    We seem to be getting closer and closer to them reuniting and actually playing Nirvana songs. First the Foos album with Krist on, then the Sound City song with McCartney, now Dave is openly discussing playing Nirvana songs.
    biff022
    Harvey would be awesome on Milk It.
    -Retro-
    Milk It is such a great song. In Utero is definitely my favorite Nirvana album by far.
    ohJeffrey
    And there I was thinking there wasn't anyone to replace Kurt... How did I not think of Polly?! I would pay a lot of money to see Nirvana fronted by PJ Harvey.
    tukk04
    Good Guy Grohl: Now fronts his own band, sticks to playing drums if Nirvana reunites.
    jay3213
    I don't know what you're trying to accomplish advertising handbags and all this garbage on this site
    FlyingPirahna
    No, he didn't want her to 'front' Nirvana. He wanted her to sing a Nirvana song with him and Krist and Pat. Small difference, but an important one.
    icanhasgodmode
    Shaun Morgan!
    tukk04
    Shawn is good, but he's starting to lose his way. His new stuff is cool but he should go back to Saron Gas type stuff where he just played what he liked and gave no shits about what sold. No offense to him as I do like everything seether ever put out but Fragile was amazing.
    scrymusic
    Don't get me wrong I love PJ Harvey. Dave should just front the new band with PJ Harvey and play Nirvana songs with in that set.
    Hungry_Hameds
    but then it's not the band reuniting if Grohl isnt on drums, Krist isnt on bass and Pat isnt on geet, its just covers...
    RealUnrealRob
    Is no one going to call UG out on how damn misleading this article's title is? Grohl never said anything even resembling "Dave Grohl Says He Wanted PJ Harvey to Front Nirvana". All he said was he wanted Harvey to sing on a cover.
    Duke_Lukem
    I'd love to hear Grohl singing You Know You're Right. But if he doesn't wanna perform Nirvana with FF that's fine, and I respect it.
    --ESTRANGED--
    Dave, once again making sure his cock's stuck in every pie. im getting tired of his attention whoring now, not a week goes by without "DAVE GROHL SAYS" something irrelevant or desperate.
    stereosmiles
    Word. He's clearly feeling the effect of not being asked for his opinion on everything, so what better way to reverse it than carpet bomb the globe with them instead. I've said it before, but if people aren't careful, they'll stray within the 1Gr radius danger zone and THAT WILL BE THAT.
    Dirtee
    Wanting PJ Harvey to play ONE Nirvana song live with Dave and buddies suddenly means he wanted her to front Nirvana....riiiiight.
    josh.fields.581
    Anyone else think it's funny that the article says that he discussed the idea with "the rest of the band"? Isn't the rest of the band Krist Novoselic lol
    JustPhil
    Pat Smear joined them on tour as a second guitarist, he's pretty much considered part of the band.
    Rebel Scum
    Such a misleading thread title. Anyways its a good idea to play with PJH. Courtney love would still sue for something. Actually they should play Lounge Act with PJH for Courtney.
    ToxXicSixString
    Shut up Dave. I love how he lives in the 1990's still, and you think he wouldnt because of the Foo. But forsome reason he thinks its 1991 allover again and that Kurt was some Replaceable hack. There is NO Nirvana without Kurt, but if I recall Nirvana did just fine without Dave at first. Maybe Dave should shut up. Get some class, and stop acting like the biggest rock star around. Gene Simmons is still alive and has that title LOL.
    Witt1975
    How exactly is he still living in the 90's? Foo Fighters, Probot, Them Crooked Vultures, Sound City, Ghost, keynote speaking at the SXSW film festival for a few examples... If you don't like the guy thats fine and people can respect an honest opinion. He spoke of PJ Harvey singing one song with them. I loved Nirvana like everyone else but what you're saying is a bit over the top in my opinion.
    GMPX
    I'm glad Dave will never try to revive Nirvana in some way, but if he did I would vote for Wes Scantlin from Puddle of Mudd to sing, he could sound very close to Kirk.
    GMPX
    And if you need to compare the two singers -
    Dare I say it, the Puddle of Mud version sounds closer to Kirk on the album than Kirk does live! Edit: Ah dammit UG, I just wanted the links posted, not the videos.
    gensel88
    Nirvana shouldnt reunite, im not a big fan but nobody can fill Kurts shoes, same with Layne from alice in chains, but it seems Alice in chains has more balls to move on with there band than grohl does with nirvana.
    UniformRecon
    I'm actually interested in seeing this. I hope that PJ opens up for this, because I'd totally throw my money at this. Kurt really made Nirvana "Nirvana", but I think this would be cool for the legacy of the band
    Clarkinator
    Didn't Grohl write a few Nirvana B-Sides? Might make more sense to play something like that. Although I believe most of the material he wrote on the side while he was in Nirvana ended up on the first Foo Fighters CD... It is cool he respects what Nirvana did, but he can't be surprised people want to hear Nirvana tracks from him live, especially since he continues to play heavily with Pat Smear (isn't he an official member of FF again?) and even plays with Novastelic from time to time.
    Vendettagainst
    Dave Grohl has an entire catalog of songs he recorded while in NIRVANA that are better than 90% of anything the Foo ever released. Cobain liked his songs (since he probably taught Grohl how to write). Which is also why Dave's music was great while he was in NIRVANA, and the farther removed he gets from being in NIRVANA, the worse his music gets via the Foo. TCV kicks ass but Grohl's voice is shot and not a shadow of what it used to be. And his songwriting in the past 3/4 of a score, is as pitifully embarrassing and atrocious as Green Day.