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Dave Grohl Says He Avoided Listening to Music After Kurt Cobain's Death

Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters
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Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performs on the Pyramid stage on day 3 of the Glastonbury Festival 2017 at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2017 in Glastonbury, England.

<a href="/music/Dave-Grohl">Dave Grohl</a> reveals in a new interview that he avoided listening to music after the death of <a href="/music/Kurt-Cobain">Kurt Cobain</a>.

In a wide-ranging conversation that aired on <a href="www.cbsnews.com/news/dave-grohl-of-foo-fighters-i-love-music-and-i-love-life/">CBS Sunday Morning</a> on July 8, the <a href="/music/Foo-Fighters">Foo Fighters</a> frontman says that after the 1994 death of his <a href="/music/Nirvana">Nirvana</a> bandmate: "I went through a really dark period where I couldn't really even listen to the radio because it broke my heart just to hear music."    

"When most people think about Nirvana, they think about a video or a song on the radio, but to me it was a really personal experience with some friends that went from sleeping on floors to then being the number one band on the charts," Grohl says.

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He also shares that he was hesitant to share his own songs that he'd written while playing drums for Nirvana. 

"I didn’t like my voice," he says. "I didn’t think I was a songwriter, and I was in a band with one of the greatest songwriters of our generation. I didn’t really want to rock the boat. That’s the famous joke: What’s the last thing the drummer said before he got kicked out of the band? 'Hey guys, I’ve got some songs I think we should play.' So I just kind of kept it to myself."

Grohl also says that he hasn't taken drugs since he was 20. "When I tell people I've never done cocaine in my life, they think I'm lying!" Grohl says. "But I love music, and I love life. And to me, survival is the game -- that's the hardest part. I just wanna play music."

In mid-June, Foo Fighters scored their <a href="/articles/columns/chart-beat/8461213/foo-fighters-mainstream-rock-songs-top-10-the-line">25th top 10 song</a> on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart with "The Line." The third single from 2017's Concrete and Gold ranked them as the third-most top 10s in the chart's history.

The band's ninth studio album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 dated Oct. 1, 2017.