Obviously, I wish it was a situation where no one but Kurt Cobain was ever playing Nirvana songs. But that’s unfortunately not the case. I was a very ancillary part of the night, but I can’t imagine for those guys and for the family and for Courtney, for everybody, it just seemed like… the wound was still quite raw.
Well, this MTV News coverage of a newly world famous Nirvana playing their first Seattle stadium show in a September 1992 homecoming is an absolute treasure. A tiny Phil Elverum at 1:50!
Grunge Rock Parking Lot! Indeed, this is priceless. Kurt’s mom and extended family at 9:20!
UPDATE: Video was yanked from YouTube. Watch it here.
Nothing against her, but I think when you’re doing a tribute to someone that’s dead, generally it should be the person’s peer. Lorde is not Kurt Cobain’s peer. No matter if she killed the performance or not, I just don’t think it’s appropriate.
Lorde may be a superstar, but she’s deep, man. [Though] I barely got to say two words to her [at the Rock Hall induction]. She flew from God knows where, and we rehearsed the song once. Then we walked onstage and did it. It was very Nirvana: one rehearsal and not a lot of communication.
And here’s the entirety of Nirvana's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction and performance, in glorious HD.
Watch Kim Gordon perform “Aneurysm” with Nirvana, from the HBO telecast of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
It was tricky because it’s not just [an HBO] series, it’s [a Foo Fighters] album. And so when you’re sequencing the series, you’re sequencing the album, so what do you sequence first? And how can you write the music before you shoot the episode? How do you know what the theme is going to be and how can you tell the story? These things would keep me up at night. I’m not only thinking about the lyric I have to spin the next day, I’m thinking about how it fits into the overall arc of the history of American music. It’s meant to be the musical equivalent of the finale of Usual Suspects. Like that scene where he’s sitting there, you’re going back through the whole episode. It’s basically that.
Teaser for Dave Grohl’s HBO series Foo Fighters Sonic Highways.