Dave Grohl: 'There's a Reason Why Foo Fighters Don't Blast Out Nirvana Songs Every Night'

Foo Fighters frontman talks about using Nirvana songs, considering them a "hallowed ground".

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Even before forming one of the biggest rock bands of today, the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl was already a member of possibly the biggest band of all time, Nirvana. Almost 20 years after Kurt Cobain's suicide and the group's end, Grohl still seems very well aware of the impact the grunge icons had on rock music. And it's not something he takes lightly.

In a recent interview with TCHAD Quarterly, the frontman discussed the legacy of Nirvana and reasons for leaving it be.

"There's a reason why you don't see Nirvana's songs in chewing-gum commercials. Krist and I do our best to try to keep that sort of thing from happening. The band stood for something; we took pride in our integrity and in our band. We understood the world that we were living in, having gone from the van to becoming what people understand as Nirvana now. But we really tried our best to keep our cool. So Krist and I still do."

Apart from not giving the permission to use Nirvana tracks in the advertising industry, Grohl has also stressed out that he doesn't plan on using them with the Foo Fighters either.

"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."

As far as the current activities of the Foo Fighters go, the singer/guitarist has recently announced the beginning of work on the new album. Grohl is also keeping himself busy with his Sound City Players supergroup project, featuring the likes of Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, John Fogerty and Stevie Nicks. The band's latest studio update features Grohl himself, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Josh Homme of Queen Of The Stone Age jamming an 8-minute track called "Mantra".

So it seems Mr. Grohl has proven himself as the cool guy in the world of rock once again. Tell us what you think of his latest statements in the comments section below.

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    You cant hate him at all!!! Try, I dare you. :
    I used to hate on Dave Grohl as a joke...but his awesomeness as the devil in pick of destiny overpowered my fake hatred. I was left in awe of all things this man does and has done.
    never met him, but he seems cool. the only thing ive ever really disliked by him is the sound city players supergroup. thats only because we all know it's impossible for supergroups to be good.
    Tell that to Audioslave. Tell that to Velvet Revolver.
    Audioslave was one huge jawbreaking yawn. They should've stuck with RATM and SG. Velvet Revolver could've been the same band as Audioslave... formulated, watered down, generic, mainstream radio rock.
    Tell that to Cream.
    Ok I'll give you that. there are exceptions to the "rule." I dont listen to that much Cream but they're a solid band and I have respect for them. Although Cream was what, 50 years ago? One band that UGers can think of in a span of 50 years.
    Tell that to Led Zeppelin..
    they were practically all studio musicians. They didn't know each other until Jimmy Page was trying to become something bigger then who he had been working for. Always behind the scenes.
    zep is not a supergroup
    Between Jimmy Paige in the Yardbirds and JPJs studio work I would disagree...
    that still doesn't make them a supergroup, just because page was in a moderately succesful band prior to zep and jpj was a well-rounded session musician...thats not a super group.
    I think Dave doesn't want Courtney Love file a law suit claming that "He's stealing from her family" or some billshit like that.
    ... umm Courtney doesn't have much, if any rights to Nirvana anymore. she sold it for a stick of gum, and a 6 flags pass a couple years back.
    I give her credit for not allowing Kurt to OD after SNL '92, and giving him a shot in the heart Pulp Fiction style on 7/23/93, but the fact is she was after Billy Corgan's cock and he shunned her, so she ensnared Kurt as a back up plan. I'd rather Corgan was dead than Cobain. OUCH
    What family? Nobody even likes her anymore. She shouldn't have a say in what Dave and Krist do with Nirvana songs, just take a big paycheck she does not deserve and continue being an idiot silently but, alas, I don't see that happening any time soon.
    It would be cool to hear them play a Nirvana cover or two, It would be wrong if they made it a habit though I think.
    I think that's why he still plays "Marigold". It's right on that line: It's a Nirvana song, but it's also a Dave song.
    Yeah with a guest appearance by Krist, would be way better than that McCartney thing imo...
    Definitely with Krist. It was cool to see McCartney playing with them, but "Cut Me Some Slack" is probably my least favorite song from the Sound City album.
    Dave singing and Pat Smear playing guitar (Krist bass obviously) you would get the closest band possible for a Nirvana reunion
    I would happily bet by "We have to be careful. We have to tread lightly." Dave meant Courtney Love.
    Yup. She would no doubt have her hand out asking for a royalty check. I'd be willing to bet that Dave & Kris have privately agreed not to give that woman a dime.
    Fair usage policy people. Unless you're going to be directly making money from a recorded version of that song you can legally play a cover live.
    I have an immeasurable amount of respect for this man. Honestly with all the bad things that the music industry is associated with this is a gentleman we can and should all look up to. Truly a stand up guy. You go Dave
    He's not the cool guy in the world of rock, he's the coolest guy in the world of rock
    I wish Krist would do something musical. I mean it's cool that he's into politics but he's such a damn good bass player...
    Battery Chicken
    If anyone wants to be unversally loved you need look no further than the example this guy sets. I'm no fan of the Foo's but Dave is just a class act all round.
    I'd have a lot more respect for Grohl if he agreed to never sing/play guitar again, and stuck to drumming.
    Agreed. His voice used to be great in the NIRVANA and early Foo days, but I heard a recent FF song on the radio the other day and thought to myself, **** this is even more awful than Green Day
    Kurt died and Kurt wrote the songs, so Dave and Krist are right for not exploiting a dead man. And I give him props, unlike Jimmy Page who let P.Diddy bastardize Kashmir, and use "Rock And Roll" in Cadillac commercials. I'd be even more offended to hear a NIRVANA song used in a commercial. Kurdt Kobane the musician was a saint, Kurt Cobain was a troubled conflicted individual. Better to leave the legacy alone. Good for Dave for never performing NIRVANA songs. And the whole circus with Paul McCartney as frontman just goes to show these guys should never perform together again, because it is only a sad reminder that Kurt is dead.
    ace man
    If they wanted to pay respect to Kurt and still play nirvana songs, just play the instrumental parts and let the crowd sing along. There's not a live audience in the world who wouldn't know the words to any song off nevermind.
    I wonder if Dave ever comes to this site to see these articles. I bet it'd make him warm and fuzzy.
    Dave Grohl is just freaking awesome. He was incredible on the drums for Tenacious D and Pick Of Destiny. Plus he rocked the hell out of them in Nirvana...and he belts it out in Foo Fighters. Also he makes a great point on playing Nirvana music.