Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl told the Washington Post in a new interview that he was “terrified” of watching the new documentary on late Nirvana founder Kurt Cobain, Montage Of Heck, when he and his wife stumbled upon it on HBO recently. Grohl explained, “All the footage of him as a child, I think that might make me sad, and then the dark stuff at the end I think would bum me out.”
Grohl added that he watched for 10 minutes, then rolled over and went to sleep — since he had to be up at six the next morning to take the kids to school.
Although Grohl was interviewed for the film, his footage was not used. Director Brett Morgen told us how he’s explained Grohl’s absence to fans:
“What I’ve done and started doing is turning on people and going, ‘Well, what is it you want him to say? Is there something you feel we’re missing about Kurt?’ And there never is an answer. No, we feel like we’ve just got to know Kurt better than we ever have, so why in the world do you want Dave? ‘Because he’s famous.’ And that’s exactly why he shouldn’t be in the movie.”
Montage Of Heck played in limited theatrical release before premiering on HBO in May.
Foo Fighters are scheduled to begin a lengthy North American tour on Saturday (July 4th) in Washington D.C., although the tour could be jeopardized by Grohl’s continued recovery from a broken leg he sustained in a fall from a stage in Sweden earlier this month.
The band was forced to cancel the remaining dates on its European trek, although so far there is no indication that the North American run will be postponed or scrapped.