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Dave Grohl Issues Cryptic Response to “Nevermind” Album Cover Lawsuit

By all accounts, Dave Grohl is a pretty wonderful human being. From his activism in the name of LGBT+ rights, to his complete intolerance of people fighting at his concerts, to being legitimately funny and warm in nearly any interview you see with him; Grohl seems like he would be the best, and most talented friend you could ever hope to have. He also isn’t afraid to speak his mind on something, as evidenced by the aforementioned video of his tolerance for fighting. So what would the former drummer for Nirvana have to say about the lawsuit being filed about the cover of their seminal album, “Nevermind?” Thanks to a recent interview, now we know… kind of.

Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters, photo by Mr. Rossi
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Just to bring you up to speed about how Spencer Elden, the naked baby in the water from the album cover of “Nevermind,” filed a lawsuit claiming everything from lack of consent to sexual exploitation to child pornography. Along with the information about the case, we discussed the merits of Elden’s lawsuit, or lack thereof. So if you want to learn a bit more on that angle of things, please check out the above link. At the time, none of the surviving members of Nirvana had commented on the issue, but Grohl recently spoke with The Sunday Times, where he was asked his take on the situation.

Spencer Elden recreates his pose from the cover of Nirvana’s album Nevermind, shot when he was a baby, 25 years later. Courtesy of John Chapple

Perhaps expectedly but disappointedly, due to the nature of it being a pending lawsuit, Grohl didn’t have much to say. In an excerpt from The Sunday Times story, via Consequence, Grohl stated the following:

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“I have many ideas of how we should alter that cover but we’ll see what happens. We’ll let you know. I’m sure we’ll come up with something good.”

– Dave Grohl, The Sunday Times

He also goes on to note that he has people who deal with legal matters so he can focus on other things; which makes perfect sense, he’s a musician not an attorney. As for the statement about having, “many ideas,” regarding altering the album cover, well that’s just a bit esoteric. Are legal matters developing to where he can’t say anything more? Is he just being snarky because he thinks the lawsuit is frivolous? Maybe he does want to change it for kicks and giggles; heck, maybe he just wants to use Weird Al‘s variation on it from his album, “Off the Deep End.” Something tells me, Al probably wouldn’t have an issue with that.

If more information about the lawsuit becomes available, we’ll continue to provide updates. As for Dave, he’s probably just going to keep on rocking and being himself. Which also includes not being afraid to stop a concert in order to kick somebody out for causing a ruckus. You tell ’em Dave!

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