Dave Grohl has admitted he didn’t expect Nirvana to make a follow-up to iconic album Nevermind.
So when Kurt Cobain revealed he had material for the record that would become In Utero, it was a pleasant surprise for the drummer.
The 1993 album gets a 20th anniversary release on September 23, containing over 70 tracks including rare and unreleased material.
Grohl tells The Sun: “A lot of weird shit went down after Nevermind.
“We had bands like U2 and Guns n’Roses asking us to do stadium tours. But Kurt started doing a lot of drugs, and there was a lot of tension because of business and money. I wasn’t sure there would be another record.”
That changed when Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic went to Grohl’s house to work on a split single with The Jesus Lizard.
“I remember Kurt started to play the song Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle,” says the Foo Fighters mainman. “It was at that point I thought, ‘We’re going to make another Nirvana record.’
“I was surprised and relieved, because when Nevermind happened it kind of fractured the band.”
Grohl believes In Utero was framed by material Cobain had written before Nirvana formed. He says: “It wasn’t a contrived change of direction. The world around the band had changed and Kurt had a hard time processing a lot.”