Dave Grohl recently revealed how he auditioned for Nirvana over the phone in his new memoir, Dave Grohl: the storyteller, according to the Irish Examiner.
The founder of the Foo Fighters said he called Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic when he heard the band needed a new drummer. Novoselic first told him the job had to go to Mudhoney’s Dan Peters, who played on “Sliver”.
Luckily for Grohl, Novoselic called back and said that he and Kurt Cobain felt bad for taking Peters away from their contemporary in Seattle. He recommended Grohl call Cobain, and the conversation must have gone well because Grohl moved to Seattle a few weeks later.
Dave Grohl: the storyteller also looks at the mixed emotions Grohl had over the success of one of their most iconic songs, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.
In the fall of 1991, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was a huge success. But Grohl was reportedly worried that popularity would mean he was betraying his punk rock ideals. Cobain was also concerned about the “macho monster truck and meathead jock homophobes” joining the Nirvana fan base.
The rest of the memoir deals with everything from Grohl’s relationship with Cobain to the early days of the Foo Fighters. Pick up your copy here.
Last month, the rocker announced he would take these stories to the stage. So far, he has made appearances in London, New York and Washington DC, and he will be in Los Angeles on October 12 and 13.