Dave Grohl suggests 'Nevermind' cover might change in wake of lawsuit

Dave Grohl suggested that the iconic cover of Nirvana's album "Nevermind" might change following a lawsuit from the man who was a baby when his naked photo was used for the album.

"I have many ideas of how we should alter that cover but we'll see what happens," Grohl told the U.K. newspaper The Times in a wide-ranging interview that was published Sunday. "I'm sure we'll come up with something good. We'll let you know."

Image: The cover of Nirvana's 1991 album
Image: The cover of Nirvana's 1991 album

Grohl, 52, told The Times that he has become used to facing lawsuits.

"At some point, unfortunately, it just becomes par for the course," he said.

"My first lawsuit when I'd just joined Nirvana was really frustrating," he said. "My mother felt so terrible for me that here we are about to launch into this new sort of phase of life and it's just kind of decapitated by this lawsuit."

Now, however, he said, "there's much more to look forward to and much more to life than getting bogged down in those kinds of things," adding, "And, fortunately, I don't have to do the paperwork."

Dave Grohl performs onstage during the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12, 2021 in Brooklyn, N.Y. (John Shearer / Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS)
Dave Grohl performs onstage during the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 12, 2021 in Brooklyn, N.Y. (John Shearer / Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS)

The album cover as it is now shows Spencer Elden, now 30, in a swimming pool as an infant with his penis exposed.

Nonsexualized nude photos of infants are generally not considered child pornography under law. But Elden's attorney, Robert Y. Lewis, alleges that the inclusion of a dollar bill on a fishhook in the image makes the baby appear "like a sex worker" and alleges that Elden was a victim of child pornography.

Elden is asking for at least $150,000 from each of the defendants, who include Grohl and Krist Novoselic, the surviving members of Nirvana; Courtney Love, the widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and executor of his estate; Guy Oseary and Heather Parry, managers of Cobain's estate; photographer Kirk Weddle; art director Robert Fisher; and a number of existing or defunct record companies that released or distributed the album in the last three decades.

Nirvana's original drummer, Chad Channing, is also named as a defendant, even though Grohl replaced him in 1990, before the album was recorded or the cover photography was shot.

Grohl, who went on to found the Foo Fighters, leaves this particular drama out of his new memoir, "The Storyteller," which was released Tuesday. He instead focuses on time spent with rock greats and his family and on processing Cobain's death by suicide in 1994.

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He said on NBC's "TODAY" show that he waited until the last minute to explore the difficult topic of Cobain.

"It was actually the last thing I wrote," he said. "I put it off. I put it off. I was scared to write it. And so I just locked myself in a room, and rather than write some sort of, kind of, like, of practical, logistical, informational piece about what happened, it was almost like the piece is about mourning and loss and grief and how we process that differently with each person. It was tough, but I did it."