Published on December 17th, 2012 | by Alan Cross


Relax: There’s Not Going to be a “Real” Nirvana Reunion

Yes, it was cool to see Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic bashing it out together behind Paul McCartney last week.  And yes, there have been many claims that Dave and Krist enjoyed themselves so much that they’re thinking of giving Nirvana another shot with someone else standing in for Kurt.

Stop it.  Please.  It’s not going to happen.  Here’s why.

(1)  Dave’s number one priority is, well, Dave.  Or did you not notice the big Sound City banner on the set of the SNL?  That’s a plug for Dave’s upcoming documentary on the LA recording studio where NIrvana recorded Nevermind.  

Not that there’s anything wrong with this.  Dave has achieved far, far, far more with the Foo Fighters and his endless number of side projects than he ever could have with Olde Nirvana.  He has never struck me as a guy who lives in the past.  With Dave, it’s always upwards, onwards and forward.  There’s nothing–absolutely nothing–to be gained career-wise by launching a post-Kurt Nirvana.

(2)  Nirvana was Kurt’s band.  He was the face, the voice and the songwriter. A band without Kurt is not Nirvana.  Period.  Full stop.  There’s no one who can take his place.  Not Eddie Vedder and certainly not Jared Leto (yes, his name has been thrown around over the last couple of days).

(3)  Courtney wouldn’t have any of it.  Unless she was the singer–and we all know that ain’t gonna happen.

(4)  Krist left music behind a long, long time ago.  If he were truly interested in pursuing a post-Nirvana music career, he’d still be working on it.  (UPDATE:  See below.)

(5)  Fans would have none of this.  See point (2).  

Move on, people.  Don’t mess with the myth.  It can ony end in tears.

UPDATE:  There’s now this interview with Krist in The Daily Beast.  Despite what he says–and note that Krist is just being hypothetical in response to an email question–Dave Grohl would never agree to it.  


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One Response to Relax: There’s Not Going to be a “Real” Nirvana Reunion

  1. Brad says:

    I don't think anyone really thought this was going to be a continuing thing, but I gotta say something in me was screaming to hear Sir Paul F'ing McCartney sing a Nirvana song. All Apologies, Lithium, About A Girl… anything!

    Kurt was a fan of the Beatles. It would have not been disrespectful in any way shape or form! And it would have been pretty fucking cool!

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