Dave Grohl reveals he was almost replaced in Nirvana

'I was really upset because I thought things were OK'
Dave Grohl
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Dave Grohl wasn’t the first drummer Nirvana had in the band, but his tenure was almost short-lived.

In a new interview with Vulture, Grohl opened up about the time he thought he was going to be replaced in Nirvana.

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Grohl recalled the band was in Los Angeles to begin rehearsals for the tour supporting In Utero when he overheard a conversation between Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic.

"I was sitting a few rows ahead of Kurt and Krist. I could hear Kurt saying, 'I think we need a drummer that's more rudimental, along the lines of Dan Peters,' who was the guy they almost hired when I joined the band," Grohl said.

Peters was originally recruited to drum for Nirvana, but was already committed to his fellow Seattle band Mudhoney. The band subsequently offered Grohl the position. "I was really upset because I thought things were OK," Grohl said. "I talked to Krist, and I said, 'Is that really what you guys want to do? Because if that's what you want, maybe just let me know, and we can call it a day.' I eventually talked to Kurt about it, and he said, 'No. That's not what we want to do.'"

He added, "I just felt like, 'It's up to you guys what kind of drummer you really want,' and they decided I should stay."

Grohl also opened up about the ongoing lawsuit between Nirvana and Spencer Elden, the baby on the cover of Nevermind. Earlier in the year, Elden sued the surviving members of Nirvana and the Cobain estate alleging that the image is exploitation and child pornography.

“I don’t know that I can speak on it because I haven’t spent too much time thinking about it,” Grohl said. “I feel the same way most people do in that I have to disagree. That’s all I’ll say.”

When asked about his thoughts on Elden recreating the iconic photo as an adult, Grohl said, “Listen, he’s got a Nevermind tattoo. I don’t.”

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