Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has reflected on his band’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and explained the decision to perform with Joan Jett, St. Vincent, Lorde and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon at the ceremony.
In a posting on his blog, Novoselic said the event was bittersweet, but “considering we were inducted, the show had to go on.” He said Jett was first on his list to join him, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear. “I spoke to Dave about it and he ran with the idea of having all women lead,” Novoselic writes. “We felt that would be a good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.”
Novoselic said the two ‘matriarchs of Punk Rock’- Jett and Gordon - provided a good balance with St. Vincent and Lorde representing the powerful up-and-coming women in rock. “Every one of these performances nailed a Nirvana tune in their own way,” he said.
After the Hall of Fame performance, Novoselic, Grohl and Smear headed to a small Brooklyn club, Saint Vitus, to perform with Jett, Gordon, St. Vincent, Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis and Deer Tick’s John McCauley for a 19-song set.