That Time Kurt Cobain Almost Fired Dave Grohl

Nirvana fans know Dave Grohl wasn’t the first Nirvana drummer, but he almost wasn’t the last…

Props to Vulture for this exhaustive, thorough interview with Dave Grohl. On the heels of his memoir The Storyteller and just days ahead of his second Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, Grohl has been doing tons of press and interviews.

In a New Yorker piece about Kurt Cobain last month, the writer remembered when Cobain was yelling about firing Grohl and wondered if Dave could hear the conversation from his hotel room next door. Here’s what Dave said:

I hadn’t, and I have kind of a different version of that story. We were on our way to Los Angeles to start production rehearsals for the In Utero tour, and I was sitting a few rows ahead of Kurt and Krist [Novoselic]. I could hear Kurt saying, “I think we need a drummer that’s more rudimental, along the lines of [Mudhoney’s] Dan Peters,” who was the guy they almost hired when I joined the band. I was really upset because I thought things were okay. I talked to Krist, and I said, “Is that really what you guys want to do? Because if that’s what you want, maybe just let me know, and we can call it a day.” I eventually talked to Kurt about it, and he said, “No. That’s not what we want to do.” I just felt like, It’s up to you guys what kind of drummer you really want, and they decided I should stay.

They continue to discuss how close to collapse Nirvana was during the In Utero days, and how the band’s sudden fame felt traumatic. You can read the whole interview here.