Courtney Love on Rock Hall Hug with Dave Grohl: It Was Genuine

2014-05-06

Story by Anne Erickson

Courtney Love says her hug with Dave Grohl during the Rock Hall induction was completely sincere

Dave Grohl and Courtney Love have held a long, very public feud over Nirvana finances and other issues dealing with Love’s late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. That said, it came as quite a surprise when the two hugged last month on stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, in which Nirvana was accepted into the Rock Hall.

According to Love, it was simply time for her and Grohl to turn a new page, and the Rock Hall provided the perfect opportunity. “We just both knew it was time to let it go, and we were ready to do it,” she told Pitchfork.

Love added that she and Grohl ran into each other before the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, when she was making her way to the bathroom. “He came up to me first, which really pissed me off, because I was going to go up to him first… I wanted to beat him to the punch,” she explained.

It wasn’t a publicity stunt, either. In fact, Love said that after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, someone told her it would be a good idea to repeat the hug in the backstage press room for the press. “I was like, ‘What? Nooo,’” she said. “We hugged privately… It was genuine.”

She added that although she thought the idea of having women front Nirvana at the ceremony was “sexist and a little bit ghettoizing,” she ended up liking it, admitting, “Kurt would have loved this.’”




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