Dave Grohl on the Nirvana Baby Lawsuit: "Listen, He's Got a 'Nevermind' Tattoo"

The musician didn't mince words when speaking about the band's ongoing legal battle

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Oct 27, 2021

The latest and greatest in #GrohlWatch: Dave Grohl has once again responded — albeit briefly — to the child pornography lawsuit filed against Nirvana by Spencer Elden, the baby on the cover of their seminal album Nevermind.

If you haven't been living under a rock, you'll know that Elden sued the band in August. He filed claims of exploitation and child pornography against a total of 15 defendants, including Grohl and fellow surviving Nirvana member Krist Novoselic, as well as Kurt Cobain's estate, photographer Kirk Weddle, Courtney Love, Universal Music and Geffen Records. 

Now age 30, the former baby is seeking monetary compensation for the "lifelong damages" he sustained from the use of his image on the 1991 album cover — a photo taken when he was four months old. Elden has also requested that the album cover be changed for all future reissues of Nevermind, including the 30th anniversary expanded edition due November 12.

In a new interview with Vulture, Grohl brushed on the topic.

"I don't know that I can speak on it because I haven't spent too much time thinking about it," he told interviewer Craig Jenkins. "I feel the same way most people do in that I have to disagree. That's all I'll say."

When Jenkins brought up the circumstances of Elden having recreated the underwater album cover photo in recent years, Grohl couldn't help but add: "Listen, he's got a Nevermind tattoo," referring to the permanent dedication to the album inked across the claimant's chest. "I don't."

It's with this in mind that Elden's decision to take legal action all these years later might serve to undermine other cases of child exploitation.

"[When] I go to a baseball game and think about it: 'Man, everybody at this baseball game has probably seen my little baby penis,'" Elden has said, "I feel like I got part of my human rights revoked."

Grohl responded to the lawsuit for the first time earlier this month in an interview with The Sunday Times.

The musician recently admitted to having been scared to write about bandmate Cobain's death in his new memoir.

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