After Dave Grohl clarified his statement when he related certain aspects of Billie Eilish to his former band, Nirvana, the 17-year-old has finally had the chance to respond to the comparisons herself.
In an interview with Variety, the Foo Fighters frontman was originally misquoted. However, a later Instagram post revealed Grohl’s real intentions. In the post, Grohl talked about how his daughters are finding their footing in music through Eilish, much like many young people did with Nirvana back in the day. Additionally, Grohl says that Eilish is changing the landscape of rock music.
Now, in an interview with Radio X, Eilish was able to geek out about Grohl’s kind words.
“I can’t even believe that,” Eilish says. “Are you kidding? He said rock isn’t dead because of me. Dude, I grew up on that shit. Huh? Rock? Like, I can’t.”
“Dave is such a sweetheart and his daughters, I love them,” Eilish continues. “And he’s so good, of course they’re good, because he’s, fucking, their dad.”
Then, Eilish went on to to say that she actually listened to Foo Fighters and Nirvana (along with some other scene favorites) from a young age. However, Eilish adds that that her love for the genre never left.
“I feel like you hit your rock phase and then it doesn’t really go away,” Eilish continues.“I’m still listening to My Chem, Green Day, Nirvana and Foo Fighters.”
Originally, Grohl’s misquoted comparison of Nirvana to Eilish sent fans into a confused frenzy. However, Grohl’s simple clarification was enough to put things into perspective for skeptical fans.
“My daughters are obsessed with Billie Eilish,” Grohl says. “And what I’m seeing happening with my daughters is the same thing that happened to me at their age. My daughters are listening to Billie Eilish and they’re becoming themselves through her music. She totally connects to them. So we went to go see her play at the Wiltren, and that connection that she has with her audience is the same thing that was happening with Nirvana in 1991. The people in the audience know every word.”
Following that, Grohl also explains that rock music can go in a plethora of directions.
“And her music is so hard to define,” Grohl continues. “I don’t know what you call it! I try to describe her to people and I don’t know… I don’t even know what to call it. But it’s authentic. And I would call it rock n’ roll. So… I don’t care what sort of instruments you use to do it. When I look at someone like Billie Eilish, I’m like, ‘Shit man, rock n’ roll is not even close to being dead.’”
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