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Dave Grohl talks to NME about Nevermind’s 20th anniversary re-issue

August 3rd, 2011 Comments off

When grunge classic Nevermind is reissued for it’s 20th anniversary in September it promises to take fans to a different kind of Nirvana entirely. But, Dave Grohl has warned NME, the deluxe and super-deluxe versions really will mean the end of the story.

On his recent whirlwind visit to the UK, Grohl sat down with NME to reveal his plans for the landmark anniversary. Getting the package to bulge sufficiently was, he admits, a stretch.

“Unfortunately Nirvana didn’t have enough time to record album after album after album of unreleased material so we really have to try to find things in the vaults that become really special. For a hardcore Nirvana fan, the unreleased stuff is usually a welcome surprise in that ‘collectors’ type of vibe. But at this point I think whenever we release something, It’s most important that it shines a true light on the legacy of the band.”

Two decades and a stadium rock career all of his own since Nevermind changed the musical landscape forever, Grohl readily admits that Nevermind has become something beyond the control and comprehension of even he, a man who eats stadiums for a living.

“After Kurt died and the band was finished, it sort of become something else, you know? It’s different now from what it was, it represents something that sometimes I don’t really recognise.”

Grohl was keen to play down his involvement. He said: “Krist Novoselic, I really believe, was just as much an architect in Nirvana as Kurt, because Krist has a certain mentality and aesthetic that is entirely Nirvana. So whenever I think of Nirvana I don’t just think about Kurt, and I don’t just thunk about Teen Spirit. The identity is so much deeper than that and deeper in its chaotic fucking bizarre world that we were surrounded by and lived inside.”

Instead Grohl remembers the band as a bunch of redneck weirdos “The sense of humour that the band shared, nobody really else had and people just thought we were weird. There were a few bands that Nirvana felt akin to, like the guys in Mudhoney or the guys in Frogs or a lot of the Olympia bands and Mark Lanegan. But it was this really bizarre sort of redneck-meets-subculture vibe. The two of them grew up in a really small logging town so to hear them talk about their childhood, it was some Twin Peaks shit, it was some backwards logging town shit. But you’ve got Krist, who was totally politically motivated and then you’ve got Kurt who was just such a brilliant artist, that it was that weird conflict or dichotomy or whatever it is. Those two things shouldn’t really co-exist in a way, so whenever something is released, usually to me it’s only authentic it comes from Krist. He still maintains that spirit. We haven’t changed too much as people, a lot has happened but we’re still the same. He hasn’t changed a bit so to hear him speak or to hear him tell stories or to hear him talk about Nirvana, it really brings back the feeling of being in the band because it’s just a part of his soul.”

“We’ve talked a lot about what to do this coming September to make it special for kids, and you’d be surprised at some of the things we talked about doing.” Grohl snarls with his trademark toothy grin, the tease. “and it will probably draw a lot of attention. It’ll be fun.”

Dave helps Jo Whiley say goodbye to Radio One

March 14th, 2011 Comments off

On Sunday 27 March Jo Whiley presents her last weekend afternoon show for BBC Radio 1 before moving to present a new show over on BBC Radio 2.

Having spent 17 years with Radio 1, this will be a special weekend for Jo, with tributes to this incredible lady from many of her friends from the music and entertainment world including her guest on many occasions Dave Grohl.

The show is broadcast between 1.oo – 4.oopm & will be available for 7 days afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/jowhiley

Dave on NME’s front cover

March 1st, 2011 Comments off

NME’s current issue looks back at their awards ceremony last week & their Godlike Genius 2011 is front and centre:

 

All aspects of Foo Fighters recent visit to London is covered – from the NME Awards ceremony & the NME Big Gig to the band’s surprise Dingwalls show.

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Teaser ad & Josh Homme intro from ‘NME Icons’

February 4th, 2011 Comments off

NME Icons: Dave Grohl is on shelves from today, and although 90% of the magazine is re-printed interviews there are a few things of interest, including Josh Homme’s intro & the full page teaset for album #7.

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NME Icons: Dave Grohl collectors magazine

January 27th, 2011 Comments off
This special magazine will tell the story of NME's 2011 Godlike Genius: a genuine rock and roll legend with a career spanning 25 years, that begins with the tale of a 10 million selling classic album, and takes in six UK Top Ten albums after that -  the last one going straight to Number One in 2007.  Not to mention headline shows at Wembley and every major festival in the world.

There are a ton of new and classic photos of all the artist's groups, some of the most candid, legendary and iconic interviews NME has ever published, plus new interviews about all the exciting things in store for 2011.

The magazine will be on shelves in February, ticket holders for the NME Big Gig will be able to pick up a free issue @ Wembley Arena and those overseas can buy it online.

Dave reflects on 20 years of Nevermind in the new issue of Mojo

January 21st, 2011 Comments off

The latest Mojo is a special anniversary issue marking twenty years since the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind, MOJO  takes a look back on the year that changed everything, including Dave Grohl on the tipping point of  ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.

See the magazine’s full contents HERE.

Happy 42nd Birthday Dave Grohl

January 14th, 2011 2 comments

Dave Grohl turns 42 today.  With a Godlike Genius Award, a ‘massive’ album & a stint with The Muppets all forthcoming,  I’m sure 2011 will be a rewarding year personally & professionally.

To help his day be that little bit sweeter, why not purchase his new children’s book from Amazon:

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On a totally unrelated & personal note – January 14th was the due date for our 2nd child.   Now, I know I’m a big Foo Fighters fan but it was entirely coincidental – concieving a child to arrive on Dave’s birthday would be stretching this ‘fan’ thing a little too far,  anyways Caoimhe (pronounced Keeva) turned up 2 days early on January 12th & weighed in at a healthy 7lb 13oz.

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Dave to recieve NME’s ‘Godlike Genius Award’ 2011

January 7th, 2011 Comments off

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The Shockwave NME Awards 2011 take place on February 23rd at the O2 Academy Brixton and Dave will be there in person as he picks up the ‘Godlike Genius’ award.
While the rest of the awards are voted for by readers of NME, ‘Godlike Genius’ is picked by NME staff and amounts to the lifetime achievement prize in the annual awards.  Previous recipients have included U2, The Clash, Ozzy Osbourne, The Cure and Paul Weller.

NME magazine, NME radio & NME TV will exhaustively cover every aspect of the awards.

 

UPDATED (January 10th)
NME today confirmed Dave as the award’s recipient in this news item:
http://www.nme.com/news/foo-fighters/54498

Dave sends a short video message with his reaction:
http://www.nme.com/nme-video/video/741298277001

NME editor Krissi Murison said:

“An NME Godlike Genius is a very rare thing. To qualify, an artist must not only be a musical visionary, have an unparalleled legacy and a decade-spanning career, but also still be meaningful to young bands and music fans today.

Whether it’s headlining the world’s greatest festivals, staging his own mega-gigs, releasing a series of hugely successful albums, collaborating with everyone from The Prodigy to Paul McCartney or still surprising fans with projects like Them Crooked Vultures, Dave Grohl is at the centre of everything interesting that is happening in music.

“But the Godlike Genius Award is no victory lap. It marks recognition of a stellar career thus far, and signals there’s a lot more to come.

With a new Foo Fighters album, festival appearances and giant gigs around the globe booked this year, the NME is recognising an artist who is still in his ascendancy and one we confidently predict will dominate music for a long time yet.”

UPDATED (January 12th)

The lead news piece in today’s issue is the Godlike Genius award.

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New song title round-up.

November 30th, 2010 2 comments

Compiled from Dave’s recent interviews here are some song titles recently recorded for Foo Fighters’ album #7.

WHITE LIMO
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN (w/ bass & ‘creepy accordian’ from Krist Novoselic) “It’s probably the darkest song on the album”
A MATTER OF TIME   “One of the sweetest melodies I’ve ever written, but it has one of the heaviest riffs”
THESE DAYS (Dave thinks it may be the best song he’s ever written)
DEAR ROSEMARY (w/ vocals from Bob Mould ) “It sounds like Bob and I wrote a song for Husker Du 20 years ago and the Foo Fighters are covering it”
MISS THE MISERY
WALK
BRIDGE BURNING
ARLANDRIA (called ‘Orlandria’ by Q magazine but more likely to be ‘Arlandria’ after the neighbourhood in Virginia) .
ROPE

Dave named one of Q magazine’s “10 Most Exciting People In Music”

August 26th, 2010 Comments off

In January this year Q magazine named Dave one of their ‘Artists Of The Century’, then in May he was #35 in the list of  ‘100 Greatest Frontmen’ & now he’s back on the cover of the October issue as one of “The 10 Most Exciting People In Music Now”.

The ‘What I’ve Learned’ Q&A covers heroin, looking like a cock and the benefits of being the ‘nicest man in rock’.

 

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