Dave Grohl Thinks Marilyn Manson Helped Kill the Grunge Era

By Katrina Nattress

October 31, 2018

Dave Grohl got real during a recent interview with Los Angeles' ALT 98.7. Along with Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, the former Nirvana member explained how grunge killed the hair metal era of the '80s, and shock-rockers like Marilyn Manson helped kill grunge in the late '90s.

“In the '80s you had all these rock bands that got huge," Grohl explained. "There was so much glamor, all the dudes had crazy hair, limos, they were shooting their videos at Crazy Girls, riding Harleys.”

"Then there were a lot of bands that loved playing rock music, but didn’t have anything to do with that. It was more about we’re just dirty kids who play in garages and write these songs," he added, which the DJ referred to as "the Grunge thing."

“Yeah, that was sort of born out of the punk rock thing," Grohl responded. "Then all of a sudden that becomes huge, and that becomes huge for awhile, and after that you are sort of like damn man, I sort of want a rock star. Then Marilyn Manson gets big, and you’re like oh cool, now you’ve got something that is really fantastic to look at, it’s really moving, and really powerful."

"The imagery and the music too, you are like, wow that’s cool man!" he continued. "Then the hip hop scene sort of took over all of the glamor that the rock and roll thing sort of had in the '80s. It’s kind of cyclical in this weird way, eventually you’ll get to a place where you’ll have a hip hop artist who doesn’t go that route, or a rock band that does go the glam route. Things kind of roll in this cycle.”

Grunge isn't entirely dead though, and the Foo Fighters frontman proved it by reuniting with the surviving Nirvana members earlier this month. Fans have since been begging for more shows, and we have our fingers crossed, too.

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