Former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has revealed that a trip to Ireland in the 90s inspired him to set up Foo Fighters.
Grohl was left devastated after the death of Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain in 1994, and decided to take a trip to Ireland, where he had visited years earlier.
Grohl spoke on RTE Radio One about how the trip to Kerry made him create Foo Fighters.
“It was after Nirvana ended, I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to do, I didn’t necessarily want to play music,” Grohl said.
“I was young, I think I was 25 years old and I had been to Ireland before and made my way around the Ring of Kerry once before and so I rented a car and wound up driving.”
“I flew over and I just started driving around you know just sort of trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life and as I was coming around this country road, I saw a hitchhiker and I thought, you know, he was young and it was sort of raining and I was thinking ‘oh I might pick him up’.”
“And then as I got closer I noticed he had a Kurt Cobain t-shirt on and then that was the moment that I realised that I was like, you know, I need to go home and figure this out and that’s when I started the Foo Fighters.”
IMAGE – “Dave Grohl – July 2008” by Lindsay (CCBY2.0)/ “Nirvana group montage” byJulie Kramer (CCBYSA4.0)