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Courtney Love Says Kurt Cobain Would Have Loved Nirvana Tribute At Rock And Roll Hall of Fame
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.02.2014



In an interview with Pitchfork, Courtney Love talked about the Nirvana tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, featuring St Vincent, Joan Jett, Kim Gordon and Lorde fronting the band in place of Cobain. The performance happened on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

On if it made sense to her that Lorde and St. Vincent fronted the Nirvana tribute: "Not at first. Initially, I thought it was sexist, and a little bit ghettoizing. But then I was like, "No, Kurt would have loved this." And there's reality to it. Apparently, no high profile dudes wanted to do it. It's interesting, isn't it? I mean, I don't know where Lorde is going. I like the St. Vincent girl a lot—I looked at some of her YouTubes and I like her look, her attitude, her whole thing. She was pretty cool, especially for being as nervous as she probably was. But I am telling you—the Kim Gordon moment was so punk. Kim gave the punkest performance, the one that Kurt would've approved of the most. It was the punkest thing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has ever seen. I was really proud of that."

On if she talked to Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic: "We did. On my way to the bathroom, I saw Grohl, and Grohl saw me, and he came up to me first—which really pissed me off, because I was going to go up to him first. [laughs] I wanted to beat him to the punch. I was like, "All right, no matter what happens, we're not going to be bitches." That was my attitude going in, and obviously his. Not much else needs to be said. We just both knew it was time to let it go, and we were ready to do it. It's been 20 years—we didn't even talk at the funeral. None of us. And so, 20 years of me getting Yoko-bashed, and Dave bashing, and me bashing and making it worse, all that shit. The legal stuff, the trial. We just buried it. It was really deep. It brings tears to my eyes to even talk about it. There were certain lawyers who called me tearfully and said it was the most moving moment of the night. There were some hecklers who booed me, which was weird and off and scary. I ignored it. I just looked at who was on stage and was like, 'Ah, fuck it.'"

On if the Hole reunion is happening: "I'm not going to commit to it happening, because we want an element of surprise. There's a lot of i's to be dotted and t's to be crossed. It's next year's concern, but we've hung out, we've sat down, we've met, we've jammed. There's some caveats, there's some things people need. We're older—we're all mainlining vegan food, you know what I mean? Nobody smokes other than me. No one's on drugs. Melissa drinks red wine, like me, and Patty's sober. I'd like to make sure that [my current guitarist] Micko [Larkin] stays along for that ride, because we're going to need an extra person if we do it anyway. He's been my guitarist for seven years, we have a good connection."





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