SeattleTimes.com: Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney among Northwest artists featured on Record Store Day (tomorrow)
"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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This blog is suddenly trending—probably as a result of my zealous coverage of Nirvana’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction—so I figured I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself to all my new followers.
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HuffPost: Frances Bean Cobain was noticeably absent from Nirvana's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 10. The 21-year-old old couldn’t make the event because she was ill, according to her mother, Courtney Love. Cobain appeared to have made a full recovery by Sunday, when she was spotted at Coachella with her fiancé, Rambles frontman Isaiah Silva.