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.
The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus interviews Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis for Under the Radar
|Norman Reedus:||Hey, I wanted to ask you about your meditation process, and I know you have a guru that you work with. I was talking to Kim Gordon, and I was saying, "Hey, I know you know J. What are some good questions I can ask him? I'm a big fan of his." And she brought up your guru, which I find really fascinating.|
|J Mascis:||Oh, yeah. I haven't meditated too much since I had a kid. That has taken a lot of my spare time. But, yeah, I still go see [Mata Amritanandamayi, aka Amma] and she just had a 60th birthday—a big thing in India that I went and played at. That was cool. There were all these different musicians and dance troupes who are big in India, so it was really interesting to see that. I had to follow this circus act where a guy had a pot on his head and he was blindfolded, and he had a machete and he chopped a coconut in half that was sitting on some other guy's head. So that was kind of hard to follow.|
|Reedus:||That is awesome! [Laughs] The other guy had a coconut on his neck and he took the machete and cut the coconut?|
|Mascis:||Yeah, the blindfolded guy chopped the coconut in half while it was sitting on the other guy's neck. And he chopped some other stuff, some other fruits that were near his genital region. They did a lot of crazy stuff. That was a weird act to follow.|
|Reedus:||And then what? You just plugged in and played?|
|Mascis:||Yeah. I have a few friends who are also into Amma—a drummer from L.A., Herb [Graham, Jr.], and this guy [Mikko von Hertzen], who is actually a rock star in Finland, he played bass. I was surprised that they had a Marshall [amplifier] in India, so they just cranked it up. And we were right next to Amma while she was hugging people. That's her main thing. She hugs people. So thousands of people line up, and she had already been up for 22 hours straight, doing this on her birthday. And then we plug in and starting blasting away a few feet from her head. It was kind of weird, but she seemed into it.|
"We looked at that evening as a night that may never happen again," says Dave Grohl. "That’s what made it so powerful"
Some highlights from the piece (though you should read the whole thing):
- The group reached out to a handful of A-list male rock stars [to sing at the Rock HOF], but none wanted to take on the challenge. “Some of them were nervous,” says Grohl. “I think some of them were maybe apprehensive because of how heavy the whole thing is.”
- After Jett signed on, they reached out to PJ Harvey. “Kurt loved PJ Harvey,” says Grohl. “We had always imagined playing our song ‘Milk It’ from In Utero with her. It’s a twisted song, almost like something that could have been on her record Rid of Me, which was also produced by Steve Albini. It just seemed to pair up so well. Unfortunately, she couldn’t make it.”
- The goal was to present the guest singers in chronological order. “Joan Jett, who formed the Runaways, changed rock & roll for women,” says Grohl. “Kim Gordon, from Sonic Youth, was this beacon of light in the predominantly macho, male underground punk rock scene. St. Vincent is a wicked musician that’s pushing boundaries now. And Lorde has an incredible future ahead of her as a writer, performer and vocalist.”
- It’s no secret that Grohl and Courtney Love hadn’t had the best relationship over the past 20 years, and the induction ceremony marked the first time they were even in the same room in a very long time. “Early on in the evening I just tapped her on the shoulder,” says Grohl. “She turned around and I just said, ‘Hey.’ She said, ‘Hey.’ Then we gave each other a big hug. I said, ‘How are you?’ She goes, ‘Good, how are you?’ I said, ‘All right.’ And she said, ‘Let’s do this. Let’s rock this tonight.’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ That was it.”
- The original plan was to end the night with an all-star jam on AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell,” but the E Street Band went long on their speeches and the night had gone past curfew. “They expected Nirvana to learn that song,” says Grohl. “It’s hard enough for Nirvana to learn a fucking Nirvana song.”
- Cameras were rolling [at the after-party show] the entire time, but the group refuses to say what’s going to happen to the footage. “I didn’t even see the cameras,” says Novoselic. “I think they were bolted to the ceiling. I don’t know what Dave is going to do with it. But he’s a film guy. He’ll figure it out and make something good.”
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