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Ben Gibbard Opens Up About Kurt Cobain’s Death, Dave Grohl + Seattle

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In a recent interview with Rolling Stone meant to discuss his recent involvement with the Foo Fighters‘ ‘Sonic Highways,’ Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard opened up about the personal impact of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain‘s death, his relationship with Dave Grohl, his views on the Seattle music scene and the early days of grunge.

On Cobain’s death, Gibbard stated, “It’s this weird thing that happens with musicians where they get intertwined in your life. I never met [Kurt Cobain], but his loss … it was like losing a friend.” He then went on to say, “You think this person is always going to be there and you look to [them] musically [to] make sense of things in life … when they leave, it’s devastating.”

When asked about the Seattle music scene, the one that Gibbard grew up in, he replied, “It doesn’t matter how famous you get outside of Seattle; you can’t come back and act like an a–hole ‘rock star.’ If you move to New York or Los Angeles or maybe Nashville … but Seattle doesn’t play that s–t.”

Finally, in regards to the Foo Fighters and Grohl, who recently featured Gibbard on the ‘Sonic Highways’ song ‘Subterranean,’ Gibbard says, “It’s refreshing to see Dave be like, ‘I’m gonna go do vocals now,’ and have [drummer] Taylor [Hawkins] and [bassist] Nate [Mendel] go, ‘We’ve gotta go check this out!’ As if they’ve never heard the guy sing a vocal before! [Laughs] It all seemed natural and earnest.”

Listen to the Foo Fighters’ ‘Subterranean’ Feat. Ben Gibbard

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