“Are you kidding?” Billie Eilish reacts to Dave Grohl comparing her to Nirvana

The American singer was more than happy to be compared to one of her favourite bands

Billie Eilish has reacted to Dave Grohl’s comments comparing her to Nirvana, after he stated that she was an authentic rock star that incites the same kind of devoted fandom as his former band.

Speaking to Radio X, Eilish has now reacted to the Foo Fighters frontman’s comments and it’s safe to say she’s pretty pleased with the comparison.

She said: “I can’t even believe that. Are you kidding? He said rock isn’t dead because of me. Dude, I grew up on that shit. Huh? Rock? Like, I can’t.”

The singer went on to talk about Dave’s family, adding: “Dave is such a sweetheart and his daughters, I love them. And he’s so good, of course they’re good, ‘cos he’s, fucking, their dad.”

The 17-year-old singer is too young to have seen Nirvana herself given Kurt Cobain’s died in 1994, but she admits she listens to their music all the time.

She added: “I feel like you hit your rock phase and then it doesn’t really go away. I’m still listening to My Chem, Green Day, Nirvana and Foo Fighters.”

Grohl’s comments came after he spoke to Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino for a one-on-one discussion at PollstarLive’s conference in February. Grohl spoke highly of Eilish whom he’d seen live in concert: “I went to go see Billy Eilish not too long ago. Oh my god man. Unbelievable. My daughters are obsessed with [her].”

However, Grohl later took to Instagram to share a transcript of the conversation after saying that “lazy paraphrasing” in the music press had missed his point.

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For a VARIETY of reasons, and out of respect for Billie Eilish, I’d like to share the transcript of what I actually said at the Pollstar convention the other day, rather than some lazy paraphrasing that completely misses the point….ahem…. . “….I went to go see Billie Eilish not too long ago. Oh my god man. Unbelievable. My daughters are obsessed with Billie Eilish. And what I’m seeing happening with my daughters is the same revolution that happened to me at their age. My daughters are listening to Billie Eilish and they’re becoming themselves through her music. She totally connects to them. So we went to go see her play at the Wiltern, and the connection that she has with her audience is the same thing that was happening with Nirvana in 1991. The people in the audience knew every word. And it was like our little secret. So I don’t know….and her music is hard to define! I don’t know what you call it! I try to describe her to people and I don’t know……I don’t even know what to call it. But it’s authentic. And I would call that rock n roll. So….I don’t care what sort of instruments you use to do it. When I look at someone like Billie Eilish, I’m like…shit man….rock n roll is not even close to being dead…”

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He wrote: “For a VARIETY of reasons, and out of respect for Billie Eilish, I’d like to share the transcript of what I actually said at the Pollstar convention the other day, rather than some lazy paraphrasing that completely misses the point….ahem….

“….I went to go see Billie Eilish not too long ago. Oh my god man. Unbelievable. My daughters are obsessed with Billie Eilish. And what I’m seeing happening with my daughters is the same revolution that happened to me at their age. My daughters are listening to Billie Eilish and they’re becoming themselves through her music. She totally connects to them.

“So we went to go see her play at the Wiltern, and the connection that she has with her audience is the same thing that was happening with Nirvana in 1991. The people in the audience knew every word. And it was like our little secret. So I don’t know….and her music is hard to define! I don’t know what you call it! I try to describe her to people and I don’t know……

“I don’t even know what to call it. But it’s authentic. And I would call that rock n roll. So….I don’t care what sort of instruments you use to do it. When I look at someone like Billie Eilish, I’m like…shit man….rock n roll is not even close to being dead…”

Eilish is set to release her debut album ‘When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ on March 29 following her critically acclaimed debut ‘Don’t Smile at Me’ and a string of stand alone singles.

The singer, who was featured on NME’s 100 essential new artists for 2019, has just finished up a tour of the UK.

She recently responded to backlash surrounding her single ‘Wish You Were Gay’ and spoke out about the meaning behind the track.

She has also documented living with Tourette syndrome and admitted “the internet hasn’t really seen the bad ticks.”