Funnyman Jack Black on Kurt Cobain: ‘I personally hold no one in higher esteem in the world of rock’
As if Jack Black couldn’t get any cooler, now the comedian has dropped the news that he’s a huge fan of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana. We’re talking, Kurt Cobain-posters-on-the-wall kind of fan. That explains his passion for music, a la Tenacious D!
As the story goes, Hole singer Courtney Love said a few not-so kind words about the new Muppets movie earlier this week, telling TMZ that she felt the flick ruined the memory of Kurt Cobain with its happy, G-rated take on Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
Jack Black, who appears in the scene that features that song, doesn’t agree. As Black explains, he’s a huge Cobain fan, and that the movie scene was meant to honor Cobain, not ruin “Teen Spirit.” “I beg to differ,” Black told E! Online at South by Southwest, where Black was performing with his comedy-rock group, Tenacious D. “That’s absurd, absurd, absurd.”
Black says he would never purposely smear Cobain’s legacy. “I personally hold no one in higher esteem in the world of rock,” he said. “Kurt Cobain for me is at the top of the pyramid. He was the king… When he died it was sort of the end of rock.”
Black and Tenacious D have a few North American gigs lined up in May, and then, they jet off to Europe to play gigs in Germany, the Netherlands, the U.K. and beyond through June 9, when they hit the U.K.’s Download Festival. Keep up with the band’s tour dates via their official website.
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