As the bassist for the post-punk/grunge band Nirvana, Krist Novoselic rose from obscurity in Aberdeen, WA to worldwide fame and shared credit for reshaping the path of the music industry in the early...
Kurt Cobain's widow Courtney Love and their daughter Frances Bean Cobain put their years of estrangement behind them on Saturday (24Jan15) as they kissed and hugged at the premiere of a new documentary about the late Nirvana rocker. Mother and daughter were among the stars who walked the red carpet at Utah's Sundance Film Festival to celebrate the launch of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, which was directed by Brett Morgen and executive produced by 22-year-old Frances.
The film features a handful of interviews with Love, Cobain's parents and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, but another chat with fellow Nirvana bandmate Dave Grohl failed to make the initial cut in time for the Sundance premiere as Morgen simply didn't have time to re-work the piece as the additional interview only took place earlier this month (Jan15).
He tells Billboard.com, "We had a locked print and trying to re-edit a film with a new interview in 10 days is kind of difficult.
"This is the picture I wanted - I didn't want there to be a lot of people in the film. I hope we'll see a version (with the Grohl interview) some time."
Love initially took the film idea to Morgen in 2007 after he impressed her with his 2002 Robert Evans biopic, The Kid Stays in the Picture, and she gave him access to her personal archives.
However, she was refused editorial control over the project as she features as one of the documentary's subjects and Frances was instead brought in to oversee the picture.
Morgen explains, "First Courtney was involved, then Frances became involved. Frances Bean is really why we're all here. This movie is for her. Frances and I shared the exact same vision about what this film should be; everybody came on board."
Taking to Twitter.com after the screening, Love admitted she had mixed feelings about the film, writing, "So sad @brettmorgen @alka_seltzer666 (Frances Bean Cobain) so so sad yet so uplifting, beautiful and gorgeous. Your daddy would be so proud of you baby. thank u (sic)".
The Hole frontwoman ended years of estrangement with her only child in 2013, four years after she was stripped of her parental rights as she battled substance abuse issues. A judge appointed her daughter's paternal grandmother, Wendy O'Connor, and her aunt Kimberly Cobain as co-guardians until she turned 21 in 2013.
Former Nirvana rocker Chad Channing has opened the door for a return to the band by insisting he would love an onstage reunion with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. Channing joined the band in 1998 but left by mutual agreement in 1990, just over a year before they shot to global superstardom with their 1991 album Nevermind.
He is adamant he still considers himself an honourary member of the group and now he has spoken out about his hopes for a reunion.
Channing tells NME magazine, "It'd maybe be something like Dave playing guitar and singing and Krist doing bass. That'd be about the only arrangement I could think of that we could pull off."
In July last year (13), Grohl and Novoselic performed together in Seattle, Washington with Sir Paul McCartney - it was only the second time they have shared a stage in their hometown since Nirvana's frontman Kurt Cobain died in 1994.
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Courtney Love is hoping to launch production on a Kurt Cobain biopic in the next 12 months.
The rocker has offered her full support to the filmmakers linked to the project and has come to terms with the fact she won't get to approve who plays her late husband in the movie - but she's happy with the actors lined up for the role.
She says, "The biopic should start within the next year or so (and) I won't name names, because I don't want to jinx it for anyone, but these are 25 year olds who are blond, gorgeous and the new Brad Pitts. There's a ton of those. Some are really good actors, not just pretty faces. I don't want to be the person who makes that decision."
And she admits that she and her daughter Frances Bean Cobain, together with the rocker's former Nirvana bandmates, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, will oversee the project when cameras start rolling.
She adds, "I do have a say in it. So do Frances and Krist and Dave for that matter, if it touches on Nirvana - and it will. I am leading the charge because it's time to do this."
Love put aside almost two decades of bad feeling between her and Nirvana stars Grohl and Novoselic when the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April (14), hugging the stars and paying tribute to them during her speech on behalf of Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994.
Nirvana rocker Krist Novoselic has backed Eddie Vedder's recent anti-war speech by writing an impassioned essay calling for peace. During a concert in England earlier this month (Jul14), the Pearl Jam frontman launched into a rambling rant about war, telling the crowd, "There are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill!... They're looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn't belong to them. They should get the f**k out and mind their own f**king business."
Vedder was not specific about who he was targeting, but he has been criticised by Israeli groups, who feel sure his frustrations were aimed at them amid their ongoing conflict with Palestine.
Now Novoselic has come out in defence of Vedder in a post on his blog, which reads, "Thank you Eddie Vedder for speaking up for peace in our world."
The former Nirvana bassist adds, "Eddie has gotten some criticism over comments he made about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. That situation has been messed up for so long, it is no wonder that even mentioning it is toxic.
"The people of Palestine and Israel deserve peace and prosperity. It is time to stop repeating the same old arguments, dogma and hate speech. It is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticised and not the singer from a rock band.
"In addition, both sides need to make hard decisions about finding a settlement to the catastrophe that is Israel/Palestine. Thanks Eddie for sharing your feelings. I stand with you my friend!!!"
At the end letter, Novoselic posted a video clip of John Lennon and Yoko Ono singing Give Peace a Chance.
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Singer Lorde has responded to Iggy Azalea's critical comments about her Kurt Cobain tribute performance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction concert in April (14), but refuses to spark a war of words with the rapper.
The Royals hitmaker hit the stage with Nirvana stars Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic as part of a tribute to Cobain and his music. The Fancy singer enjoyed Lorde's performance, but did did not find it "appropriate", stating she thought the singer-songwriter's former bandmates should have chosen Cobain's peers to front them at the induction ceremony.
She told Billboard magazine, "Nothing against her, but I think when you're doing a tribute to someone that's dead, generally it should be the person's peer. Lorde is not Kurt Cobain's peer. No matter if she killed the performance or not, I just don't think it's appropriate."
The 17 year old has now responded to Azalea telling Confidential, "I enjoyed it. I had a good time. That's all that mattered. "I've been in a position where I've said something in an interview where I've thought, 'Damn, I wish I could take that back'. I don't know how (Iggy) is feeling about it. But anyone who's doing well deserves respect, and I respect what she's doing."
Rapper Iggy Azalea has taken aim at Nirvana stars Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic's decision to hit the stage with Lorde at their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction concert, insisting the Kurt Cobain tribute was inappropriate.
The Fancy hitmaker has no problems with Joan Jett and Kim Gordon appearing with the surviving Nirvana bandmates, but she has taken issue with Lorde and St. Vincent, who also performed at the New York gala in April (14).
The outspoken rapper tells Billboard magazine, "Nothing against her (Lorde), but I think when you're doing a tribute to someone that's dead, generally it should be the person's peer. Lorde is not Kurt Cobain's peer. No matter if she killed the performance or not, I just don't think it's appropriate."
Meanwhile, in a new Rolling Stone interview, Grohl admits he regrets not spending more time with Lorde at the Hall of Fame ceremony. He says, "I barely got to say two words to her. She flew from God knows where, and we rehearsed the song (All Apologies) once. Then we walked onstage and did it."
Former R.E.M. star Peter Buck and Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney are recording new material with ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. Buck and Tucker recently formed the band super-Earth alongside guitarist Scott McCaughey, Bill Rieflin and guitarist Kurt Bloch. The band made its live debut in Portland, Oregon last week (30Apr14).
Deer Tick rocker John Mccauley was convinced he had fallen victim to an April Fools' Day (01Apr) prank when he was invited to join the surviving members of Nirvana for a special show in New York City. The grunge band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 10 April (14) and performed with stars including Joan Jett and Lorde taking the place of late frontman Kurt Cobain.
Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic later played another show after the ceremony at a small venue in Brooklyn, with McCauley among the singers who took over vocal duties.
However, McCauley admits the special moment nearly didn't happen as he was convinced Grohl's offer was a prank.
He tells NME, "I got an email from Dave the day before April Fools' Day. I thought maybe it was an early joke. But a couple of days went by and it became obvious to me that this was actually happening. Dave Grohl had actually emailed me and asked me to sing a few songs with the surviving members of Nirvana. It was a really cool opportunity to be given."
Former Nirvana stars Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were secretly relieved when the star-studded finale was dropped from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony due to time constraints. The rockers had been due to join a number of the night's other inductees, including Bruce Springsteen's The E Street Band, for an all-star jam session at the end of the show performing AC/DC classic Highway To Hell.
However, the big finale was ditched after a number of speeches over-ran, leaving Nirvana's collaboration with pop star Lorde on All Apologies as the final performance of the night.
Bassist Novoselic admits he was secretly pleased the finale was axed, telling Rolling Stone, "I wasn't into it. I love AC/DC and I love Bruce Springsteen. I grew up listening to them. But we kept saying, 'We have the big finale. We have our finale!'"
Grohl was also unconvinced by the finale as it meant they had to learn another song for the show. He adds, "They expected Nirvana to learn that song. It's hard enough for Nirvana to learn a f**king Nirvana song."
Pj Harvey was Dave Grohl's first choice to front Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last week (ends13Apr14), but the British musician turned the opportunity down. The surviving members of the grunge group, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, were joined on stage at the show by an all-star line-up of singers filling in for late frontman Kurt Cobain, including Joan Jett, St. Vincent, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Lorde.
Grohl has now revealed he initially asked PJ Harvey to take over vocals, but she said no due to scheduling problems.
The Foo Fighters star tells Rolling Stone, "Kurt loved PJ Harvey. We had always imagined playing our song Milk It from In Utero with her. It's a twisted song, almost like something that could have been on her record Rid of Me, which was also produced by (In Utero producer) Steve Albini. It just seemed to pair up so well. Unfortunately, she couldn't make it."
The rocker goes on to admit he came up with the idea of an all-female line-up of singers after Harvey turned the offer down, adding, "We thought, 'Wait, it has to be all women' Don't even ask anyone else. If we can fill the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance with these incredible women singing Nirvana songs, then we'll have achieved our own revolution.' It also added a whole other dimension to the show. It added substance and depth, so it didn't turn into a eulogy. It was more about the future."
Grohl also admits the process was an emotional one for him: "The first time we played together, it was like seeing a ghost. The second time, it was a little more reserved. And the last time we played it was like that f**king Demi Moore/Patrick Swayze pottery wheel scene from Ghost... I hadn't played in that band in 20 years... I'd almost forgotten what it was like to be in a room full of Nirvana."
As the bassist for the post-punk/grunge band Nirvana, Krist Novoselic rose from obscurity in Aberdeen, WA to worldwide fame and shared credit for reshaping the path of the music industry in the early 1990s with the release of the game-changing albums <i>Bleach</i> (1989), <i>Nevermind</i> (1991) and <i>In Utero</i> (1993). With school friend Kurt Cobain and drummer Dave Grohl, Novoselic and Nirvana decimated the moribund pop-rock "hair band" scene with the fire and fury of punk spirit, helping to launch the alternative movement that would soon preside as one of the dominant genres in popular music. Cobain's suicide in April 1994 brought the group to a shockingly premature close, causing the grief-stricken Novoselic to busy himself with short-lived acts like Sweet 75 and Eyes Adrift, while further developing his long-held passion for politics through various responsibilities with voter groups and Democratic organizations. He maintained a respectful attitude towards his legacy with Nirvana - going so far as engage with Grohl in legal battles against Cobain's unpredictable widow, Courtney Love, to preserve the band and Cobain's' authenticity - while maintaining his own fierce independent streak through his commitments to the American political process at a grassroots level.