Dave Grohl Drums on “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at Book Tour Event
Dave Grohl gave fans a drum performance of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at the New York City stop on his book tour in support of his new memoir The narrator.
The event took place on October 5 at the Town Hall. A video shot by Grohl fans playing drums on the classic Nirvana track can be viewed below.
“Smells Like Teen Spirit”, of course, has become one of rock’s most iconic songs. However, Grohl remembered that when Nirvana was writing and recording the song, they had no idea the size of the song.
Grohl said NME in an interview in honor of the 30th anniversary of no matter, “I remember writing ‘Teen Spirit’ in our rehearsal space, and I liked the riff that Kurt [Cobain] came up with because it’s impactful. Those dull, stabbing thumps between the chords really leaned into the pattern of the drum riff.
Grohl continued: “Of course, no one had the psychic foresight to imagine that [Teen Spirit] would continue to do what he did. We just f-in ‘rocked it in a small rehearsal space that looked like a barn.
He then added: “I think everyone was more focused on songs like ‘In Bloom’ or ‘Lithium’ or ‘Breed’; nobody really paid too much attention to ‘Teen Spirit’ while we were recording it. We just thought this was another cool song to record.
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