Later – with Jools Holland: Dave Grohl

Saturday: Later – with Jools Holland: Dave Grohl; (BBC2, 10.10pm)

By Claire Cartmill
Friday, 8th October 2021, 5:00 pm

The BBC recently set out to make 1990s music fans feel old by marking the 30th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s seminal album Nevermind.

As well as the BBC2 documentary When Nirvana Came to Britain, there were also programmes on BBC4 and Radios 2, 4 and 6 Music.

For some records, that would have been overkill, but most people would agree that Nevermind deserved the adulation.

Sign up to our daily Derry Journal Today newsletter

As Lorna Clarke, BBC Controller of Pop, said: “The longevity and influence of Nirvana as a band is undeniable, with their music holding a special place in the hearts of audiences across the board. So, it’s fitting that BBC Radio and TV are coming together to celebrate this iconic record, thirty years on.”

Tonight’s episode of Later – with Jools Holland might also get people thinking about Nirvana’s legacy in a different way, as the host is joined by the band’s former drummer Dave Grohl. For most musicians, being part of such an influential group and album would be their crowning achievement, and they’d still be basking in the glory decades later.

Yet Nirvana was just the start of his career. Following the tragic death of frontman Kurt Cobain, Grohl went on to form Foo Fighters, who became a stadium-filling success in their own right, winning 12 Grammy Awards, including four for Best Rock Album. They were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

Anyone who wants to know exactly how Grohl managed to achieve so much, all while frequently being dubbed ‘the nicest man in rock’, will be pleased to know that he’s just published a memoir entitled The Storyteller.

In a promotional video, he explained: “When the lockdown happened, I suddenly had nothing to do. I never have nothing to do. I’ve always been creatively restless. So, I spent my time writing these short stories for an Instagram page. And in doing that, I fell in love with writing. I thought, ‘You know what, maybe I’ll just write a book’, without realising how gargantuan of a project it would be.”

He might offer a few more insights as he joins Jools to share some of his favourite stories from his rockstar life – and reminisce about his appearances on Later.

Grohl will also be picking out some his favourite moments from the show’s archives, an eclectic mix that includes k.d. lang, Radiohead and Portuguese fado singer Mariza.

The whole show could probably have been given over to Grohl – he recently performed a stage version of Storyteller in London – but Jools is finding space for a few more performers.

LA-based singer Marley Munroe, aka Lady Blackbird, is in the studio to perform the torch song It’s Not That Easy with her three-piece band.

There’s also music from the British group Jungle, who perform from the newly renovated Alexandra Palace Theatre in North London. Their recent album, Loving in Stereo, has been described as “a dynamic disco record for the post social distancing age, with a dancefloor-igniting celebration of all the things that make music irresistibly fun”.

So, if you want your very own living room disco, this could well be your chance.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper whenever you are able to do so.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper when you can safely.

You can also enjoy unlimited access to the best news from across Northern Ireland and the UK by subscribing to

With a digital subscription, you can read more than five articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit now to sign up.

Thank you