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Would Dave Grohl have launched Foo Fighters if Nirvana was still around?

Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images
Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins told Music Week in a new interview that he believes frontman Dave Grohl would have still launched the Foos even if Grohl was still drumming for Nirvana.

Speaking about his own desire to make solo records, Hawkins explained, “I have to write songs, I have to make records. I guarantee you, if for some crazy reason Kurt Cobain wouldn’t have died so early and Nirvana was still a band now, Dave would still be doing the same thing. There would be a Foo Fighters; it wouldn’t be as popular because he’d be busy in Nirvana all the time, but he has to do it.”

Hawkins also told Music Week, “In Foo Fighters, my job is to just play drums. And sort of along the lines of what the Grohlmeister wants, and he gives me room to move, but he knows what he wants, they’re his songs, and obviously he knows how to play the drums, so he knows how the f**king drums should go . . . But when I get a moment outside the Foo Fighters, I have to get these songs out of me. I just like the creative process of writing songs, I like singing!”

Hawkins recently released Get The Money, the latest LP from his side project, The Coattail Riders. Foo Fighters are reportedly working on a follow-up to 2017’s Concrete And Gold for release next year.