During the making of “What Did I Do, God as My Witness” (Album name: Sonic Highways), Dave Grohl decided to play some tracks by Nirvana. Cue awkwardness level 100.
“There’s a reason why you don’t see Nirvana’s songs in chewing-gum commercials. Krist and I do our best to try to keep that sort of thing from happening. The band stood for something; we took pride in our integrity and in our band. We understood the world that we were living in, having gone from the van to becoming what people understand as Nirvana now. But we really tried our best to keep our cool. So Krist and I still do.”
Apart from not giving the permission to use Nirvana tracks in the advertising industry, Grohl has also stressed out that he doesn’t plan on using them with the Foo Fighters either.
“There’s a reason why the Foo Fighters don’t blast out Nirvana songs every night – because we have a lot of respect for them. You know, that’s hallowed ground. We have to be careful. We have to tread lightly. We have talked about it before, but the opportunity hasn’t really come up, or it just hasn’t felt right.”