Dave Grohl and Billie Eilish

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl compares Billie Eilish to Nirvana

February 13, 2019
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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl sat down for an interview at Pollstar Live yesterday, during which he compared Billie Eilish to Nirvana in 1991.

We couldn’t agree more.

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The Pollstar Live Conference features panels and discussions for people within the live entertainment industry. Yesterday, Dave Grohl sat down with Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino for a little one-on-one conversation.

According to Variety, during their chat the frontman compared Billie Eilish to Nirvana and gave her kudos for keeping rock alive and well.

“My daughters are obsessed with Billie Eilish. The same thing is happening with her that happened with Nirvana in 1991. People say, ‘Is rock dead?’ When I look at someone like Billie Eilish, rock and roll is not close to dead!”

Grohl also dove into his first impressions when meeting the guys in Nirvana.

“I saw them at a show and I thought, ‘That’s Nirvana. Oh my god.’ It was like ‘Children of the Corn.’ … With Scream, we never had anything successful. Nirvana had great songs. ‘About A Girl’ was like a Beatles song. It was clear that dude [Cobain] could write songs.”

He also recalled when Nirvana first met executive Don Ienner and how Kurt Cobain’s passing hit him hard.

“Don said, ‘What do you want?’ Kurt said, ‘We want to be the biggest band in the world.’ I thought he was joking. He was serious.”

“After he died I didn’t want to play music again. The whole world turned upside down for me. It was bad.”

Taking a trip down memory lane, Grohl also revealed what his first show was.

”At 13 I saw a punk band at Cubby Bear across from Wrigley Field in Chicago. There was spitting, blood, broken bottles. It was disgusting and I was like, ‘I want to do this for the rest of my life.”

And when asked what it’s like to be Dave Grohl?

“It doesn’t suck.”

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Written by Whitney Shoemaker

Whitney is your definition of pop punk trash. If she's not jamming to State Champs or Grayscale, then she's probably out enjoying the finer things or working a show for Fearless Records as a Street Team Leader. She's a realist and an optimist, calling the city of Columbus her home. A huge fan of naps, Whitney often falls asleep in a city that doesn't. She's not hard to please, finding joy in discovering new bands or playing Everlong on the late night radio. Working at Alt Press and breaking ground in the music scene have always been a dream of hers, telling herself at an early age she was down for losing it all to make that happen! Now the weekend writer at AP, Whitney is prepared to be noticed and eager to contribute to the scene. If you catch her at a concert feel free to stick around, make small talk, or discuss her overuse of State Champs lyrics and song titles in her bio.