Dave Grohl Compares Billie Eilish to Nirvana in 1991

The Foo frontman argues "rock and roll is not close to dead" with someone like Billie Eilish around

February 13, 2019

Photo by Stephanie Savoia


We learned a lot yesterday after Dave Grohl sat down with the CEO of Live Nation at the Pollstar Live conference. For one, Dave is in fact the 'injured Foo Fighter' as he walked onstage with his arm in a sling. Fortunately, it doesn't look half as bad as when he broke his leg in 2015. 

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Dave discussed a lot in this interview. He talked about the early days of Nirvana saying, "We practiced every day in this barn thing in Tacoma. We wrote a lot. There was major label interest and I just wanted to not sell equipment for food. We wanted to be Sonic Youth — play to 500 people a night.”

Dave also opened up about how difficult it was to want to make music after Kurt Cobain passed. “After he died I didn’t want to play music again. The whole world turned upside down for me. It was bad.”

If you ever thought 'I wonder if the Foo Fighters will ever disband' then I'm here to tell you it's unlikely. Dave compared Foo breaking up to your grandparents getting a divorce. "I'm sure it happens, but you'd be like, 'Why?'"

My personal favorite part of this interaction with Dave was when he talked about his daughters being obsessed with Billie Eilish. We've made it clear how we feel about Billie, especially after she wowed us at DTHB! But to hear Dave compare her to Nirvana in '91 is pretty amazing!  "The same thing is happening with her that happened with Nirvana in 1991. People say, ‘Is rock dead?’ When I look at someone like Billie Eilish, rock and roll is not close to dead!


​I'm just going to throw it out there that it would not surprise me to see Dave and Billie Eilish share a stage together sometime in the future. I also would love to hear what that collaboration would sound like!


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