Joan Jett: Kurt Cobain For a Day?

Joan Jett, Dave GrohlA photo of Joan Jett’s guitar next to Dave Grohl’s posted to the Foo Fighters Instagram indicates that the queen of rock ‘n roll will be performing with the remaining members of Nirvana tomorrow at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

I love how Dave Grohl trolls us with a potential plethora of Kurt Cobain “replacements.” An old guy and now a woman? I love her but OMG, what’s next? The screaming Taylor Swift goat? Taylor Swift herself? Maybe an actual rock with a chalk face and glued-on hair?

God help us. I hope they won’t be throwing any blasphemous “new material” at us. (I much prefer Joan as the lead singer of Evil Stig as a memorial, fundraiser and tribute to and for Mia Zapata of The Gits.)

Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates are among the other inductees at the ceremony.

Virginia Tech Mascot Thinks Nirvana Still Exists, Requests a Video Shoutout

Nirvana mark seligerLast week, the Virginia Tech mascot (whose identity is apparently top secret) wrote a letter to Sub Pop requesting that the legendary band Nirvana give a shoutout to the school, joining the Ying Yang Twins and Slightly Stoopid, among others, to support the school’s homecoming.

Nirvana of course won’t be making the video, because the band doesn’t exist anymore and the lead singer has been dead for 19 years.  I mean really, mascot?  I know you’re at a techie school that doesn’t have much of an arts program, and are way too young to remember Nirvana when they were big, but come on. Am I that old?

And as far as Kurt Cobain being dead, it’s a crazy well-known fact. Read up on it. Write a paper about it for extra credit or something.

But it gets better–the mascot also referred to the band as “her” at one point in the letter.   Continue reading “Virginia Tech Mascot Thinks Nirvana Still Exists, Requests a Video Shoutout”

Courtney Love on Howard Stern Highlights 5/30/13

Courtney Love Howard Stern 2013Regular Stern Show guest Courtney Love is one of Howard’s most fascinating interviews because she’s one of the last completely candid survivors of the grunge movement. She’s such an endless resource of drug and sex-related stories that transcribing nearly an hour of her comments on everything from money to her Sylvia Plath moment with Ted Nugent’s penis turkey neck didn’t bore me in the least.

The curse of the Nirvana money: “The Kurt money, the Nirvana money it’s like… the Nirvana money… and it’s being managed by other people and I just consider it cursed. So I prefer to make money that’s ‘the Courtney money.’

Krist and Dave’s share: “They own one half. The Nirvana LLC, which is t-shirts … Frances has 40% of the publishing money. Then I sold 25% and I had a really, really lousy lawyer. I don’t have to say his name so I don’t have to say ‘alleged.’ He was a f*ck. Lawyers tend to be f*cks, especially in L.A.”  Continue reading “Courtney Love on Howard Stern Highlights 5/30/13”

Fans Yell ‘RAPE ME’ as Paul McCartney Becomes Kurt Cobain

Paul McCartney as Kurt CobainSo, what does Paul McCartney have in common with Kurt Cobain? Nothing right? I mean, Kurt was inadvertently cool and humble and his voice sounded like a bag of rocks dragging across the surface of an open container of margarine.

McCartney, on the other hand, was the FCC’s safest official choice to perform at the Superbowl after Nipplegate.

I say this after learning that McCartney would join Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear for at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert, because why the fuck not, I guess?  Continue reading “Fans Yell ‘RAPE ME’ as Paul McCartney Becomes Kurt Cobain”

Kirk Hammett Talks Kurt Cobain’s Metallica Fandom

Lead Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett opened up about his friendship with Kurt Cobain in a recent Q&A with Rolling Stone‘s Greg Prato.

Is it true that the album cut “Whiplash” was Kurt Cobain’s favorite Metallica song?
Absolutely. He told me that himself. He came to one of our shows in Seattle, on the Black Album tour. I remember at one point, we were playing “Whiplash,” and he looked at me and kept punching the air with his fist, and gave me a big thumbs-up sign.I was like, “Cool. Kurt, I know you love this song. This one’s for you!” I knew Kurt kind of well, and I hung out with him quite a bit.  Continue reading “Kirk Hammett Talks Kurt Cobain’s Metallica Fandom”

This Russian Street Musician Sounds Exactly Like Unplugged Kurt Cobain

Nikolay Petrovsky is a virtually unknown street performer who speaks no English besides an impeccable impersonation of Kurt Cobain circa 1993’s Grammy-winning Unplugged In New York special on MTV.

Petrovsky is a sailor and native of Novosibirsk, Russia who has been generating buzz on the internet for his spot-on acoustic subway covers of “Pennyroyal Tea” and “About A Girl.” The self-taught Siberian vocal clone of Kurt Cobain tells Life News that he has no interest in being famous. He calls his ability a “gift from god” (few could argue), saying he does not need to drink or do drugs, that “Creativity is possible without it.” Continue reading “This Russian Street Musician Sounds Exactly Like Unplugged Kurt Cobain”

What Would Kurt Cobain Be Doing Today? Courtney Love Takes A Guess

Last year Courtney Love gave Mark Yarm, author of Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History Of Grunge a few ideas of what could have happened if Kurt Cobain hadn’t committed suicide on yesterday’s date in 1994.

“We’d probably live on the Upper West fuckin’ Side now and have three fuckin’ kids, we might even have a divorce, like both be on our third marriage. I don’t fuckin’ know. He might be a playwright, [or have] his latest show in MoMA.”

“I’d have a 16-year-old son and be his model wife. Given the money that is involved here we could probably have had a fuckin’ yacht. We could have gone open marriage at some point…I don’t fuckin’ know.”  Continue reading “What Would Kurt Cobain Be Doing Today? Courtney Love Takes A Guess”

Melvins/Kurt Cobain Van Still Up For Sale

The Melvins old tour van (affectionately known as the “Melvan”) is up for sale on eBay , significant because the exterior has a Kiss mural drawn by none other than Kurt Cobain, who used to chauffeur to band to their shows before the formation of Nirvana in 1987.

The seller is fan/musician Ben Berg, who was gifted the vehicle by the mother of founding Melvins bassist Matt Lukin, in 1992.

It’s a junkie 1972 Dodge Sportsman Royal Van and the minimum bid is $99,99.99 though Berg is hoping to get around $135,000. for it.

When he first obtained the car, Berg had no idea of its sentimental grunge value. He told Rolling Stone:  Continue reading “Melvins/Kurt Cobain Van Still Up For Sale”

Courtney Love’s Marbles – Still Not Recovered

The Hole frontwoman became excruciatingly infuriated when she noticed a fan holding a picture of Kurt Cobain on the second day (November 13th) of Brazil’s SWU Music & Arts Festival.

Though the Foo Fighters and Dave Grohl were not present, Courtney started making random insulting comments about them. She actually walked off stage after she saw the photo, and had her replacement Hole member incite the crowd to chant “Foo Fighters are gay” in order to make her come back.

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Frances Bean Cobain is 19 Today, Poses For Rocky Schenck

Frances Cobain is famous for being a hermit or let’s say, she’s a normal person, to word it differently. She is not known for crazy celebrity antics or photo shoots or red carpet premieres.

She did, however, appear on Heidi Slimane’s website a few weeks ago, in some potentially iconic stills.

Apparently, she chooses her photo shoots and photographers quite meticulously. New photos of Frances have surfaced, this time they are by Rocky Schenck, esteemed music video director (Adele, Joni Mitchell, Alice In Chains) and photog.

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