Dave Grohl says he still has dreams where Nirvana never ended

“I still dream there’s an empty arena waiting for us to play.”

Nirvana onstage

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Dave Grohl has said that he still has dreams in which his former band Nirvana are still together.

The Foo Fighters frontman was Nirvana’s fifth and best-known drummer. He played with the seminal grunge trio until frontman Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994. Speaking to Classic Rock in a new interview, Grohl discussed performing Nirvana’s music live – which he says he’ll only do as a drummer, alongside former bandmates Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear – as well as how he still dreams about the band.

“I wouldn’t feel comfortable singing a song that Kurt sang,” he said. “I feel perfectly at home playing those songs on the drums. And I love playing them with Krist and Pat and another vocalist.”

“I still have dreams that we’re in Nirvana, that we’re still a band,” he added. “I still dream there’s an empty arena waiting for us to play,” he continued.

“But I don’t sit down at home and run through Smells Like Teen Spirit by myself. It’s just a reminder that the person who is responsible for those beautiful songs is no longer with us. It’s bittersweet.”

Grohl, Novoselic and Smear last reconvened to play Nirvana songs on 4 January 2020, at a benefit concert for the non-profit arts organisation, Art Of Elysium. They were joined by St. Vincent, Beck and Grohl’s daughter Violet, who was on vocal duties.

Last week (6 January), several never-before-seen photos of Nirvana surfaced online. The snaps were shot by photographer Richard Davis at the band’s second-ever show in the UK on 24 October 1989.

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