Butch Vig reveals Neil Young, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic nearly collaborated

The former Nirvana producer suspects there could have been a tour, too...

Garbage drummer and producer of Nirvana‘s iconic ‘Nevermind’ album Butch Vig has revealed a planned – and later scrapped – collaboration between the surviving members of the Washington State grunge act and Neil Young.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Vig revealed the collaboration nearly happened as part of Sound City, a movie directed by Dave Grohl and based the Sound City studios in California.

“Dave Grohl was inviting people into jam in the studio and we had set up a session for Krist and Dave from Nirvana to play with Neil Young,” Vig said.


“It would have been fucking awesome. And I know if Neil Young played with them he’d go, oh, let’s go on tour and play some shows together! It would be like Crazy Horse on steroids. But then it didn’t happen. Neil Young had a book coming out so he was on a book tour, and Dave had to go interview him somewhere else. It’s a bummer, man.”


Vig also reflected on the current state of music in the interview, suggesting that quantity is winning over quality, and much of today’s music is “mediocre”.

“I think there is so much music out there that is mediocre – not just EDM, but folk music, hip-hop music – because there’s so much music out there. Before, it was hard to put music out. So at the end of the day, you have to put out something that’s good,” Vig argued.

“Whether it’s EDM or folk music, if it’s going to resonate some way you’re going to find an audience. And how many bands are on YouTube now? Ten million? You go through SoundCloud and check out all the EDM tracks out there and every now and then one sounds interesting, but a lot of it is really soulless. There’s no human passion in it, and it’s just a mixture of interesting sounds.”

Garbage’s sixth studio album ‘Strange Little Birds’ is out on June 10.