Lorde, Kim Gordon and Joan Jett Fronted Nirvana, then Courtney Love Hugged Dave Grohl

Courtney Love Dave Grohl hug The Rock and Roll Induction proceeded on Thursday in Brooklyn and that band calling themselves Nirvana stole the show. The most surprising moment wasn’t when Lorde got awkward with “All Apologies” or that Annie Clark from St. Vincent was the best of the worst weirdest with her vocal rendition of “Lithium” (better than Joan Jett and Kim Gordon on “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Aneurysm”), it was when Courtney Love gave Dave Grohl a giant hug, thus (hopefully) squashing their horrendous feud.

Over the years, Love has sued Grohl (and Krist Novoselic) multiple times over copyright issues, called him an “asshole” and accusing him being ultra skeezy with Frances Bean, who was sadly absent from the ceremony and missed her mother’s heartwarming moment of sanity.

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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 Covers ’99 Problems’ At Sundance

Courtney Love sundance 2013Courtney Love, never one to censor herself, covered Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” with most of the original lyrics (including the n-word) onstage in Park City, Utah during Sundance.

Before playing the song she said “It either sucks or it’s genius,” which could also apply to all the movies screened at Sundance.

And don’t even start to wonder if it’s okay for her to say the n-word. She’s a bitter, broke, equal opportunity, rock star. Not even equal, because her all her problems seem to involve throwing shade at her white peers and frenemies. Problems like:

1. Gwen Stefani and her husband:

His band never did that well but he is very, very smart. He runs the Gwen show, that’s him. He runs the clothing line, he f**king built that up, he has nothing else to do.  Continue reading “Courtney Love Covers ’99 Problems’ At Sundance”

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”

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”

Video: Nirvana – “Breed” (Previously Unreleased)

Nirvana‘s second and most famous studio album Nevermind, from 1991, turned 20 yesterday. As part of the anniversary Universal is releasing a massive box set.

For part of all this wonderful hullabaloo they’ve let out unseen footage of the trio performing at the Paramount in Seattle…

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Chris Brown BUTCHERS Nirvana

Soooo, Chris brown came out at the VMAs to dance along to a bunch of songs. He did not sing at all, though he pretended too, barely. Even if he had sung it wouldn’t have mattered because it was complete techno auto-tune bullshit.

THEN he proceeded to dance his way through a variety of songs, including Wu-Tang Clan and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Nothing in the history of the VMAs has embarrassed me more. Not Britney Spears’ sad slow-roasting sausage dance to “Gimme More” in 2007. NOT Coldplay, not the Michael Jackson tribute, which could have been much more elaborate…

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Would Kurt Cobain Be Proud of Frances Bean? …Probably

New photos of Frances Bean Cobain, the result of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s “Evian water/battery acid” relationship, as he called it, have surfaced. The photos come from Heidi Slimane’s “diary.” She’s looking quite, trashy chic? I guess they’d call it. She reminds me of Asia Argento, actually, in these photos.

I know we were all wondering what would happen to this girl after her father died and she was left with that bag of eccentricity, Courtney Love, who I happen to be a big fan of musically, and for comedy’s sake, and toughness. But the country was skeptical of Frances’ fate and what impact her father’s death would have on her, regardless of his or Courtney’s celebrity stigma.

Here she is though, Frances Bean Cobain, the goddaughter of both Drew Barrymore and Michael Stipe… a stunning combination of well, mostly Courtney, but there’s a little of the Cobain vulnerability shining through.