Krist Novoselic on Rock Hall Performance: It’s What Nirvana Was All About


Story by Charles Ken

Krist Novoselic of Nirvana says female-fronted Rock Hall performance was a ‘good tribute to Kurt’

Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic is proud of the band’s performance earlier this month at its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, in which a collection of popular female rockers sang in place of late frontman Kurt Cobain. In a blog post, Novoselic called the performance, a “good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.”

“I am so happy about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame event and how it went so well,” Novoselic wrote in the post, titled “Punk Rock Gender Party.” He added, “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 [Grohl] 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.”

He added that the mix of classic female performers and newbies was important. “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,” he said. “Every one of these performances nailed a Nirvana tune in their own way.”

At the show, Nirvana’s surviving members performed alongside Jett for “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” St. Vincent for “Lithium,” Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon on “Aneurysm” and Lorde for “All Apologies.”

Novoselic says the last song was especially a blast: “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.”

An edited version of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air May 31 on HBO.



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