If you’re wondering what Teen Spirit smells like in 2019, pop sensation Billie Eilish is it. Not buying Eilish as the Gen-Z Nirvana? That’s fine, just know you’d be disagreeing with Nirvana O.G. Dave Grohl.
In an interview with Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, the lead Foo Fighter gushed about the spooky singer and her singular vibe’s skyrocketing appeal, admitting that “My daughters are obsessed with Billie Eilish.” It’s not just Grohl’s daughters who have mad love for Eilish, though, as he then went on to make the kind-of-a-big-deal proclamation that “The same thing is happening with her that happened with Nirvana in 1991.”
If you were Billie Eilish, imagine hearing a generational icon compare you to himself – it wouldn’t be unusual to worry about the pretty-big shoes you’re being primed to fill. Grohl, however, believes Eilish is the right person to step into the role: “People say, ‘Is rock dead?’ When I look at someone like Billie Eilish, rock and roll is not close to dead!” he stated, further angering narrow-minded rock purists everywhere.
Though these are big words coming from Grohl, they’re made all the more meaningful given Grohl’s background as one of those aforementioned “narrow-minded rock purists” and his evolution away from it over the past several years. Since 2012, we’ve seen Dave go from denouncing electronic music as a whole for its lack of “humanity” to the Eilish-stanning, “Lil Pump is a punk rock prophet”-proclaiming, open-minded Grohl of today.
After the story originally broke earlier this month, Grohl took some time to clarify what he meant by the statement.