Dave Grohl Reflects on Nirvana Days & Foo Fighters’ Debut Album on Its 25th Anniversary

Dave Grohl joined Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music for a conversation about the time period from his early days in Nirvana through the release of the first Foo Fighters album.

The interview airs on Saturday (July 4), exactly 25 years after Foo Fighters’ debut, self-titled album arrived (on July 4, 1995).

Grohl admitted that when he joined Nirvana and they became “really huge really quickly,” he was still insecure that he wasn’t quite good enough for the band.

“Well I mean I joined Nirvana, I was their fifth drummer, right?” he said. “They’d had a team of drummers before me and some of them were more, I don’t know, more in the band than others. So when I joined the band, I didn’t know Krist and Kurt at all. And when we first met and started playing, it was clear that when we got together to play that it worked really well, and we sounded what most people know now to sound like Nirvana. We sounded like that. But you just meet these people and then it wasn’t long.”

“It was almost exactly a year from the time I joined to the time Nevermind came out. And then once it came out, it was like things happen so quickly. The band got really big. But every band I’d been in before then was with friends that I’d known for a really long time. And so there’s some security in that. So when you join a band where you don’t know anyone and you’re just starting to get to know each other, and it sounds great when you play music, you’re just starting to get to know each other, but there’s not a deep personal connection. And then the band becomes really huge really quickly. You’re just so nervous that you’re going to either get fired or it’s going to stop. I didn’t want to get fired basically. And so I was doing my best to keep this thing from going away. So there was this real insecurity that I had, ‘I’m not good enough. They’re going to find somebody else,'” Grohl explained.

Following Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994, Grohl was in mourning and, for a while, unsure about getting back into music.

“I started getting calls from people to ask if I wanted to play drums with them or join another band, and I just didn’t see that happening at the time,” he said. “And I’d always come home from tours and recorded songs by myself, but that feeling was gone. I didn’t really want to write or even listen to music, much less join a band and play in one. So it was strange, when your life is just pulled out from under you like that. I don’t think anyone really thought much about what came next. You were stuck in that moment. So eventually, I just pulled myself off the couch and thought, ‘Okay, I’ve always loved playing music and I’ve always loved writing and recording songs for myself. So I feel like I need to do that just for myself.”

Looking back on when the first Foo Fighters album did come to fruition, Grohl says he’d give credit to his Nirvana bandmates for that happening.

“I would dedicate [that album] to Krist and Kurt because still to this day, the Nirvana experience was probably… I mean I don’t want to say… I have children. I can’t say it’s the most important event in my entire life. But it’s safe to say that we wouldn’t be here right now talking about this if it weren’t for my time in Nirvana. And I had learned so many lessons from Kurt, I learned so many lessons from Krist. It was such an honor to be in that band and it was so devastating when it ended. But we have that catalogue of music that we made together and that experience changed not only us, but a lot of the world that we lived in. So I think that that was probably my life’s most formative period. I went from being a messy teen to then being in this band that was huge. And then it all ending and trying to build life again with the lessons that I had learned through all of that,” he said.

Grohl continued: There’s some journalists that are just like, ‘How dare you played music after Nirvana.’ I’m like, ‘What am I supposed to do?’  We tried really hard to do it right. Instead of jumping on a tour opening up for some massive arena band at the time, we thought, ‘Okay, well let’s get in the van and let’s do it like we’ve always done it. Let’s start the way we always started,’ and that felt comfortable to us. And in doing any promotion or press, we didn’t make a video right out of the gate, we tried to temper all of that stuff because it was scary in a way. I knew that I was walking the plank on this. I knew that I was going to be scrutinized and I knew that there was going to be comparisons and things like that. And yeah, I mean it was tough. But it wasn’t that tough. I mean it was like if someone gave you shit, you just say, “F— you, motherf—er.”

Watch a few preview clips below, and hear the full interview on Saturday at 7 a.m. PST here — or catch it on-demand later on Apple Music.

The 13 Best Things That Happened in Music This Week (July 3)

This week was full of star-studded events and awards shows, with the “Global Goal: Unite For Our Future” concert, BET Awards and Juno Awards all taking place virtually. In other awards show news, we’ve got an update on the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards — more on that later.

Take a look at some of the week’s biggest music happenings below.


Stars came together for the virtual “Global Goal: Unite For Our Future” concert

From Jennifer Hudson’s rousing kickoff to Justin Bieber and Quavo’s stripped-down performance, the “Global Goal: Unite For Our Future” event on Saturday (June 27) was chock-full of amazing moments. Christine and the Queens, Chloe x Halle, Shakira and more also performed. In case you missed the concert, you can watch all of the must-see performance videos here!

The 2020 BET Awards didn’t skip a beat

On Sunday night (June 28), the 2020 BET Awards brought another set of amazing performances, as well as stirring speeches. Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby and Roddy Ricch, D Smoke and SiR and many more all took to the virtual stage. The broadcast also drew attention to the Black Lives Matter movement and the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. 

Finally, former First Lady Michelle Obama presented Beyonce with the BET Humanitarian of the Year Award. “I wanna dedicate this award to all of my brothers out there and all of my sisters out there, inspiring me, marching, and fighting for change. Your voices are being heard,” Bey said during her acceptance speech. Here’s everything of note that happened during the 2020 BETs.

“Rockstar” reclaimed its throne atop the Hot 100

DaBaby’s “Rockstar” featuring Roddy Ricch returned to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart this week, for a third total week in the top spot. Plus, Saint Jhn’s “Roses” climbed to the top five, and Jack Harlow and Lil Mosey earned their first top 10 each, as the former’s “Whats Poppin” jumped 18-8 and the latter’s “Blueberry Faygo” climbed 11-9. See the full rundown of this week’s Hot 100 chart here.

Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara and more won big at the 2020 Juno Awards

Congrats to all of the talented Canadians who took home Junos on Monday (June 29)! The awards were of course handed out virtually, with performances from artists like Alessia Cara (who took home album of the year) and Neon Dreams (who won breakthrough group of the year). Check out the full winners’ list here, and watch clips of some of the performances here and here.

Gov. Cuomo announced that the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards are a go

In the case of the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, the show will go on, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York announced during a Monday (June 29) press briefing. “The Video Music Awards are going to be held Sunday, Aug. 30, at Barclays Center,” he said. Learn more here.

Fabolous and Jadakiss battled it out for Verzuz

New York pros Fabolous and Jadakiss were the latest to go head-to-head in Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s Verzuz series on Monday night (June 29). From DMX feat. The LOX & Jay-Z’s “Blackout” vs. Lil Wayne feat. Fabolous & Juelz Santana’s “You Ain’t Got Nuthin'” to Fabolous’ “Young’n” vs. Ghostface Killah feat. Jadakiss’ “Run,” it was definitely a Verzuz to remember.

So who won? Check out the scorecard here.

Blackpink broke some major YouTube records

Blackpink’s fiery comeback single “How You Like That” made headlines — and broke records. The music video set an all-time record for the biggest YouTube premiere with 1.66 million peak concurrents. Furthermore, the clip was the biggest 24-hour music video debut of all time with 86.3 million views. Learn more about the feat here.

The Weeknd donated $1 million to help those affected by COVID-19

The Weeknd announced on Monday (June 29) that he has donated a whopping $1 million to help those affected by coronavirus, with $500,000 going to MusiCares and the other half to frontline hospital workers of the Scarborough Health Network, which is part of his hometown community. Learn more here.

Billboard highlighted queer creatives

To close out Pride month, Billboard put the spotlight on the queer creatives who bring your favorite artists’ visions to life. Hear from Lizzo’s glam squad, Tegan and Sara’s art director, Sam Smith’s live visuals designer and many more.

Hamilton let everyone in the room where it happens

On July 3rd, Lin Manuel Miranda’s Broadway masterpiece made its way into homes across America, by way of Disney Plus. Now almost anyone can experience the original cast right from the comfort of their own living rooms.

Liam Payne FaceTimed Harry Styles and fans went wild

The former One Direction members set the Internet on fire when Payne shared a TikTok where he FaceTimed with Styles — even if the conversation seemed a bit one-sided.

Pop Smoke, Kanye West, Travis Scott and more gave us new music

This week, music fans were gifted Pop Smoke’s posthumous album, Kanye’s collabs with Travis Scott and Ty Dolla $ign, and Ellie Goulding’s “Slow Grenade.” Catch the best new music in Billboard’s First Stream

6ix9ine Releases Spanish-Language ‘Yaya’ With New Music Video: Watch

As promised, 6ix9ine released his new song “Yaya” Friday afternoon (July 3). The party-ready track sees him rapping and singing in Spanish, a departure from the previous English-language singles he’s dropped this year following his early release from prison.

The vibrant music video was filmed while 6ix9ine remains on house arrest and features a whole lot of suggestive booty shaking and milk — and not much social distancing.

“THIS IS THE BEST ONE I DID SO FAR,” he teased on Thursday, saying, “WE BREAKING THE INTERNET PARAAAAA MI GENTE LATINAAAAAAAAAAA LATINO AMERICA !!!!”

“Yaya” follows the rapper’s recent singles “Gooba” and “Trollz,” the latter of which was released with Nicki Minaj and went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June. He sang in Spanish on two tracks released back in 2018, “Bebe” and “Mala,” both with Anuel AA; “Bebe” debuted at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.

Watch the “Yaya” music video below.

Lady Gaga Shows Off ‘Chromatica’ Face Mask: ‘Be Yourself, But Wear a Mask’

Lady Gaga posted a selfie encouraging her 42.7 million Instagram followers to wear a mask amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Along with the message, the pop star offered a look at her personal face mask: a glittery Chromatica-themed covering, with spikes and chains.

Be yourself, but wear a mask!” she wrote on Friday (July 3). “I believe in being kind to yourself, the community, and the planet. I challenge my awesome friends to show off their mask game!”

“I need that,” Mark Ronson commented on her picture.

The CDC says wearing face masks can help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others, and recommends anyone over the age of two wear them in public settings or around those who do not live in one’s household.

Check out Gaga’s fancy face mask below.

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Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly File for Divorce

Grammy-winning singer Kacey Musgraves and her musician-husband, Ruston Kelly, have filed for divorce.

Representatives for both singers confirmed the news Friday to The Associated Press. In a joint statement, Musgraves and Kelly said “we’ve made this painful decision together.”

“With heavy but hopeful hearts we wanted to put our own thoughts into the air about what’s happening. These kinds of announcements are always met with scrutiny and speculation and we want to stop that before it even starts. We believe that we were put into each other’s lives for a divine reason and have both changed each other infinitely for the better. The love we have for each other goes far beyond the relationship we’ve shared as husband and wife. It’s a soul connection that can never be erased,” the emailed statement read.

“We’ve made this painful decision together — a healthy decision that comes after a very long period of trying the best we can. It simply just didn’t work. Though we are parting ways in marriage, we will remain true friends for the rest of our lives. We hold no blame, anger, or contempt for each other and we ask for privacy and positive wishes for us both as we learn how to navigate through this,” the statement continued.

Musgraves and Kelly, both 31, were married in 2017.

Musgraves has been a success since releasing her major-label debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, in 2013. It won her the best country album Grammy and one of its singles, “Merry Go ’Round,” won best country song. At the 2019 Grammys, the superstar’s critically acclaimed pop-leaning country album, Golden Hour, won all four awards it was nominated for, including the coveted top prize, album of the year.

At the show, she thanked Kelly in her acceptance speech: “I really believe I wouldn’t have this album if I hadn’t met you and you didn’t open my heart like you did, so thank you so much.”

Musgraves and Kelly have worked together musically. In 2018 they appeared on the song “To June This Morning” from the album Johnny Cash: Forever Words, a compilation project created from Cash’s unknown poetry, lyrics and letters set to music. Musgraves also sang background vocals on Kelly’s 2018 full-length debut album, Dying Star.

Kelly will release a new album, Shape & Destroy, on Aug. 28, and it will include background vocals by Musgraves. Kelly’s father and sister are also featured on the album.

Kelly has also written songs for other artists, including Tim McGraw, Hayes Carll, Lucie Silvas and Josh Abbott Band. Musgraves co-wrote Miranda Lambert’s 2013 country hit “Mama’s Broken Heart,” earning herself a Grammy nomination as a songwriter.

Willie Nelson’s July Fourth Picnic Is Virtual in Coronavirus Era

Willie Nelson’s annual Fourth of July Picnic is going ahead this year, but to reduce concerns about the coronavirus the event will be virtual.

Fans can tune in to the nearly 50-year-old music bash Saturday (July 4) via luck.stream and williepicnic.com. Tickets for the picnic are on sale at williepicnic.com.

Other performers expected to play include Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley, Steve Earle and Nelson’s fellow Texas-based singers Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen and Kinky Friedman.

Some of the artists will perform at Nelson’s Luck Ranch in Spicewood, northwest of Austin. Others will stream live from elsewhere.

Nelson’s event started in 1972 and has been held most years since, moving around Texas and occasionally outside the Lone Star State. It typically draws thousands.

The 87-year-old Nelson’s 70th album was released Friday (July 3). First Rose of Spring features two new tunes plus Nelson’s take on songs by Toby Keith and Chris Stapleton.

Saroj Khan, Top Bollywood Choreographer, Dies at 71

Saroj Khan, a top Bollywood choreographer, died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hospital early Friday (July 3), her family said. She was 71.

The three-time National Award winner was hospitalized last Saturday after she complained of breathlessness. She tested negative for COVID-19, the Press Trust of India news agency said.

Khan choreographed more than 2,000 songs in her career spanning more than 40 years. Leading actresses including Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi danced to some of the most popular songs Khan had produced.

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar said she made dance look easy, almost like anybody can do it. “A huge loss for the industry,” Kumar tweeted.

Khan started her acting career at the age of 3 in a Bollywood film. She later shifted to choreography and got her break in 1974. She never looked back and created some of Bollywood’s most popular film songs.

She won acclaim for songs in movies Mr. India, Chandni, Beta, Tezaab and Gulab Gang.

Khan was buried in a Mumbai cemetery on Friday, her nephew Manish Jagwani told reporters.

She is survived by her husband and three children.