The inheritance from Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain remains the most influential of the last 30 years of rock music. Although that is somewhat rare for surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic to talk in-depth about Cobain, here are some moments when they opened up about the grunge icon.
“You know, Kurt was a cynical bastard,” Novoselic said fondly in 2016. “He could be a vicious critic. I love him, but boy, I don’t know what he’d think of a lot of music today. He wouldn’t hold his beats. Kurt just had so much passion, the way he would sing and feel about the music. We all had this intensity.”
Do you have seen the recordings of Cobain stage diving into a crowd, only to end up fighting a giant security guard? Dave Grohl actually told the full story of that event while visiting Howard Stern in 1998. Apparently, Cobain had smashed a screen at the Dallas venue that belonged to the guard. Grohl claimed that Kurt punched the security guard open after he hit the guy with his guitar, and Nirvana had to flee the scene right after the show.
“The guy was a little tough [Kurt] up. Kurt kind of gave him a tap with the guitar and the little thing that holds your strap on hit him in the top of the head and sliced his head open. Blood everywhere. We had to break up the club because the guy wanted to kill us,” Grohl said.
Both Novoselic and Grohl have also spoken about the death of their friend and bandmate, as Krist even talked about dreams he still has about Cobain. As for Grohl, he spoke of the importance of letting the moments he had with Cobain define his memory, rather than posthumous narratives painted by those outside the band.
Watch these moments when Dave and Krist talked about Kurt Cobain in the Loud List below.