With this month marking the anniversaries of Nirvana’s Nevermind and In Utero albums, Dave Grohl sat down with Rolling Stone to reflect on when he, Kurt Cobain, and Krist Novoselic made music history. Grohl offers the magazine a glimpse of what his relationship to Kurt was like as well as his final exchange with the struggling musician.
The 44-year-old Foo Fighters frontman explained, “Living with Kurt was funny. He isolated himself in a lot of ways, emotionally. But he had a genuine, sweet nature. He never intentionally made you feel uncomfortable. Living with him in that tiny apartment in Olympia, Washington, there was some sort of bond. But it was much different than his relationship with Krist.” He added, “I looked at Krist and Kurt as soul mates. The two had such a beautiful, unspoken understanding of each other. Those two guys, together, totally defined the Nirvana aesthetic. Every quirk, all the strange things that came from Nirvana came from Krist and Kurt.”
Dave goes on to discuss his final conversation with his bandmate shortly after Kurt nearly died from a drug overdose in Rome. Grohl explains, “I called Kurt after Rome. I said, ‘Hey, man, that really scared everybody. And I don’t want you to die.’ Then I saw him at our accountant’s office in Seattle. He was walking out as I was walking in. He smiled and said, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ And I said, ‘I’ll give you a call.’ And he said, ‘Okay.'”