MTV’s 1994 VMA tribute to Kurt Cobain, who died 18 years ago today.
Watch footage of Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder slow-dancing together at the 1992 VMAs—and read Courtney’s Love’s recollection of the event
A snippet of the Pearl Jam Twenty documentary featuring never-before-seen footage of Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder slow-dancing at the 1992 VMAs. I cover this landmark event in my new book, Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge:
AMY FINNERTY (MTV director of music programming and talent relations) When Eric Clapton was singing “Tears in Heaven” at the VMAs, we were on the side of the stage. It was Courtney, me, Kurt, Eddie. Janet was right there, and Jackie. We were all slow-dancing with each other. I was dancing with Jackie, then I was dancing with Kurt, and then I was dancing with Eddie, and then I was dancing with Courtney, and we were all switching partners. There was a moment where we looked at each other and realized that we were all from the same group, we were all from the same movement. I remember Courtney coming up and saying, “We gotta get them”—Eddie and Kurt—“to dance together.”
COURTNEY LOVE (Hole singer/guitarist; Kurt Cobain’s widow) My memory can be really addled, but I remember for some reason Eric Clapton is onstage, he is playing “Tears in Heaven” about his little son that has fallen out of a window, and I shoved Kurt into Eddie and I shoved Eddie into Kurt, and then I laughed, just chuckled, because it was genius. I loved it. They slow-danced. It was cute.
AMY FINNERTY It was such a sweet, sweet, sweet moment because it signified the end of this feud. I remember Janet and I actually jumping up and down and going, “YAY! They made up!” Everything was fine after that.