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Dave Grohl Felt ‘Terrified’ Watching ‘Montage of Heck’

“The dark stuff at the end I think would bum me out,” singer says

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Dave Grohl says he felt "terrified" watching the Kurt Cobain doc 'Montage of Heck.'

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Dave Grohl could not bear to watch the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck, he said in a recent interview with The Washington Post. The Foo Fighters frontman, who served as the final drummer in Nirvana, told the paper that when his wife stumbled on an airing of the film on HBO one night in May, he felt “terrified.”

He estimated that’d he’d only seen a 10-minute middle part of the film, and he ultimately decided to roll over and go to sleep. “All the footage of him as a child, I think that might make me sad,” he said. “And then the dark stuff at the end I think would bum me out.”

Brett Morgen, who directed Montage of Heck, interviewed Grohl for the doc but chose not to include the former drummer in the final cut, partially because the interview took place before the film’s premiere.

“I didn’t think I needed two people from Nirvana,” the director told Rolling Stone at Sundance, where the doc premiered, in January. “It’s not that type of movie. So I was fine locking picture with Krist [Novoselic]. Because Dave was recording an album and wasn’t available until about three weeks after we finished, we went into that interview knowing that it was pretty much impossible to get it in before Sundance – not to mention opening up a movie that I just spent eight years making.”

Grohl is resting up for the Foo Fighters’ 20th anniversary concert, scheduled to take place on July 4th. The singer had broken his leg onstage during a concert in Sweden earlier this month but chose to close out the set. The injury forced the group to cancel a run of European dates. “I’m really so sorry, guys,” Grohl wrote in an open letter to fans. “You know I hate to do it, but I’m afraid it’s just not physically possible for me at the moment. We’re doing our best right now to work out a plan, so bear with us. You know we’re good for our word.”

In other Grohl news, the singer performed on several tracks by the hardcore super-project Teenage Time Killers, which will be releasing its first record, Greatest Hits Vol. 1, on July 31st. The track “Hung Out to Dry,” which features Grohl playing bass as Lamb of God vocalist Randy Blythe growls, can be streamed here.

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