Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic Reflects on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performances
At the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the surviving members of Nirvana put on a performance for the ages. Drummer Dave Grohl, bassist Krist Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear pounded out a four-song set of Nirvana tunes with a rotation of female vocalists taking on each song. Joan Jett, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and pop superstar Lorde all took part, and in a new blog post by Novoselic, the musician reminisces about the hallmark night.
Not only did this star-powered union take over the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center arena, but the majority of Nirvana’s cohorts joined Grohl, Novoselic and Smear at Brooklyn’s small St. Vitus club for a full, once-in-a-lifetime gig after the ceremony. It was a monumental day for the legacy of Nirvana, and Krist Novoselic puts it all into perspective in a new blog post.
I am so happy about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame event and how it went so well. Earlier that week there were three long days of rehearsals in NYC. I feel we conjured the spirit of the band, and we could not have done that alone. This, for me, is a bittersweet notion as we all miss Kurt so much. But considering we were inducted, the show had to go on. Joan Jett was first on my list to be out front. I spoke to Dave about it and he ran with the idea of having all women lead. We felt that would be a good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.
It was a good balance of females as Joan Jett and Kim Gordon are matriarchs of Punk Rock, while St. Vincent and Lorde represent the powerful up-and-coming women in Rock. Every one of these performances nailed a Nirvana tune in their own way. Joan – Smells Like Teem Spirit, Kim – Aneurism, St. Vincent – Lithium and Lorde – All Apologies. I had fun on the last song because I got to play accordion and all of our guests were on stage for a gala closing! Our set will be broadcast in high quality television in May so check it out.
We also did a club gig afterward that was a lot of fun. I will have more on that soon but thank you to J Mascis and John McCauley for your great contributions!!!!
Our “all female” Hall of Fame set also had me thinking about the political realm (Imagine that!) At FairVote we have done a report regarding the state of women’s representation. I will have more to say about this, especially how at-large districts tend to put more women in office, at another time. Until then, enjoy this short and engaging video about the study narrated by Marie Wilson.
Further blowing the minds of Nirvana fans, the surviving band members and Courtney Love seemed to have buried their longtime feud, which hit its peak during legal battles over the rights to Nirvana’s music.