The remaining members of Nirvana bolted the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction as soon as it ended, heading over to Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus to play a 16-song set. Standing in for departed frontman Kurt Cobain was a cavalcade of friends and fans, including Joan Jett, St. Vincent, and Kim Gordon, all of whom performed with the band at the ceremony, plus Dinosaur Jr.‘s J Mascis and Deer Tick‘s John McCauley.
Below is the set list and a couple of clips from the 230-person audience. (And a bonus video at the bottom for old time’s sake, of Kim Gordon applying makeup to Dave Grohl while Krist Novoselic decorates Cobain’s medical coat before a performance, from the great film 1991: The Year That Punk Broke).
Smells Like Teen Spirit (with Joan Jett)
Breed (with Joan Jett)
In Bloom (with Joan Jett)
Territorial Pissings (with Joan Jett)
Drain You (with J. Mascis)
Penny Royal Tea (with J. Mascis)
School (with J. Mascis)
Lithium (with Annie Clark)
About A Girl (with Annie Clark)
Heart Shaped Box (with Annie Clark)
Serve the Servants (with John McCauley)
Scentless Apprentice (with John McCauley)
Tourette’s (with John McCauley)
Aneurysm (with Kim Gordon)
Negative Creep (with Kim Gordon)
Moist Vagina (with Kim Gordon)
A confluence of events, including the impending induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has put Kurt Cobain and Nirvana in the forefront of our pop culture consciousness lately. Susceptible as anyone else, I threw on Nevermind last night and, holy shit, did it sound great. Can you imagine a record like that becoming the biggest thing in the world today? I burned out on listening to it years ago, but now it sounds totally fresh again. Anyway, remaining core Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, talking about how quickly the band got huge, destroying their instruments, as well as what it was like when Paul McCartney joined them in the studio.
R.E.M.‘s Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana into the Hall of Fame tonight. Word is that Joan Jett will be on hand to help them celebrate with a performance. Watch the Tonight Show interview below.
Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana. Makes sense. Kurt Cobain expressed his deep admiration for close friend Stipe on more than one occasion.
Bruce Springsteen will induct his E Street Band. The Boss is already in the Hall solo. No-brainer.
Tom Morello will induct KISS, because someone has to do it.
Chris Martin will consciously couple the Hall of Fame with Peter Gabriel. OK?
Glenn Frey will induct Linda Ronstadt. That’s a good one – the Eagles started out as her backing band.
Questlove will induct Hall and Oates, which is pretty cool. The Roots’ mainman and walking music encyclopedia will hopefully shine a nice light on the often overlooked rock and soul duo.
Peter Asher, of ’60s duo Peter and Gordon, as well as a noted producer (of James Taylor, among others), will induct Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.
Salman Rushdie will induct Cat Stevens. No, I’m kidding, no word yet on who has that honor.
The ceremony will take place on April 10th and will be aired on HBO on May 31st. (h/t CoS)
Back in December we brought you the news that Hoquiam, Washington would be celebrating Nirvana Day on April 10th this year. Although Hoquiam was not Kurt Cobain‘s hometown, he did live there for a brief time, as explained by the town’s mayor. Picking up on the trend, Cobain’s actual hometown, Aberdeen, Washington has announced that February 20th will become Kurt Cobain Day. And this isn’t just a one time deal, folks. February 20th will be Kurt Cobain Day in Aberdeen….forever.
“Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain and the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain and his artistic achievements.” reads a city proclamation.
Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10th.
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Halls of Fame are rather silly, and arguing over who has been snubbed and who should have been snubbed are even sillier, but what else are we going to do, work? Spend time with our families? Face the yawning abyss of life’s meaninglessness and the terror of our own mortality?
Nah, let’s talk about Hall and Oates. They will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, along with KISS, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, and Nirvana.
It’s that last one that seems most poignent and era-defining, and brings some of us around to that abyss again, because, damn, Nirvana is eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You won’t hear anyone arguing that they don’t belong there (except maybe Kurt Cobain‘s ghost, wearing a cardigan and homemade t-shirt reading “Corporate Halls of Fame still suck”), since it is inarguable that Nirvana’s unexpected success changed the course of popular music, for both better and worse.
Some might take issue with Ronstadt being classified as rock at all, since she mellowed into the easy listening ’80s as one of your mom’s favorite singers, but a quick trip through her early catalog should enlighten those naysayers. Never a rock and roll madwoman, but she was definitely making rock music.
KISS is ridiculous is sucked a lot, but they were also good and awesome in a lot of ways. With their full makeup, costumes, and fire-breathing antics, they were rock’s ultimate showmen (along with Alice Cooper) in the 1970s. For that, and for inspiring countless adolescent boys to pick up guitars, they deserve the nod.
Hall and Oates’ music is the sound of the ’80s, and that cannot be a strictly good thing, but I’ll tell you what, the songs and even a lot of the sounds really hold up. They had tons of hits and revived blue eyed soul for the masses.
Cat Stevens was a gentle folkie who wrote ridiculously nice melodies, sometimes coupled with hippy-dippy lyrics about peace and love, and then he converted to Islam, changing his name to Yusuf Islam and getting a lot of bad press for supporting a call for the death of author Salman Rushdie. He left the spotlight for many years before renouncing some of his extremism and calling himself simply Yusuf. He is once again touring and recording.
Peter Gabriel is already a member of the HoF as a founding member of Genesis, which, under his leadership, was a groundbreaking art/prog rock band. He then went on to huge solo success, owing a great deal to his innovative music videos, with a compelling (and catchy) fusion of pop, electronic, and world music.
So I don’t think there is a lot to argue shouldn’t be here. Who became eligible this year that got snubbed? Who are some of the longest-running snubs?
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We’re not talking politics here, this is straight up rock and roll, and for the first time in their history the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is giving fans a say in which of the newly announced 2013 nominees will be inducted.
Among this year’s first time nominees are Rush, N.W.A and Public Enemy, while returning nominees include Donna Summer, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and The Meters. Artists must have released their first recording no later than 1987 in order to be eligible. It’s a tight race people, but someone has to decide on these artist’s hall of fame fate!
Now through Dec. 5, you can vote at Rockhall.com and CNN.com and give your favorite artists a shot at becoming inducted. Winners will be revealed the same month, with the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony taking place April 18 in Los Angeles, and broadcast on HBO at a later date.
View the full list here and get voting!
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