It was a moment any hard-core [artist id="1002"]Nirvana[/artist] fan would have loved to be a fly on the wall for.
While recording the upcoming Foo Fighters album , a hard-rocking, back-to-basics record titled Wasting Light, Dave Grohl reunited with his former Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic and Butch Vig, the producer of their incomparable Nevermind. Vig is once again working as Grohl’s producer on the upcoming Foo effort, while Novoselic appears on a track called “I Should Have Known.”
At music executive Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party this weekend, MTV News asked Grohl what it was like to reconnect with Vig and Novoselic, two men who significantly impacted both his professional and personal life.
“The three of us haven’t been in a studio together since 1991,” Grohl revealed. And in spite of the years apart, the trio easily found their rhythm again as they recorded in Grohl’s home studio. “Musically, it sounded great and it felt natural,” Grohl added.
But the Foo Fighters frontman said it wasn’t so much their enduring chemistry that he was moved by as the chance to revisit relationships that now span more than two decades. “As friends, that’s a real connection,” Grohl told us. “It had more to do with us as people than even the record.”
When asked if they felt nostalgic during the recording process, Grohl replied with a smile, “Too much. We didn’t have enough time.”
Just last month, MTV News caught up with Vig to discuss the venture with Grohl and Novoselic, and he shared similar sentiments about working with his buddies again.
“When Krist came up to Dave’s house, we sort of sat down and it was like, ‘Holy sh–, man, we hadn’t been in a room together — the three of us — in almost 20 years,” he said.
After recording Novoselic’s portions of “I Should Have Known” — Vig described the song as “an emotional roller coaster” — the producer and his old friends made the best of lost time.
“We just sat around and shot the sh– for three or four hours,” Vig recalled. “One story would lead to another story, and it was an amazing experience, just to be there, to open up all these things you may have forgotten about. It was really a pretty special part of the album.”
Wasting Light is set to be released on April 12.
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