Nirvana In Their Prime
Bursting into the music scene and introducing the world to true grunge in 1991, Nirvana was unfortunately a short-lived, yet impactful group with a bone to pick with the world. After their ever popular releasing of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, members Kurt Cobain (vocals and guitar) , Dave Grohl (drums) and Krist Novoselic (bass) stormed into people’s lives via radio and MTv with their heavily emotional, often quirky and definitely energetic sound. Their first album “Nevermind” released in September of ’96 was quickly deemed a gold album about a month later which goes to show just how exploited the band had really become and how rapidly they progressed into record deals and most important of all, mainstream music. In the years leading up to Kurt’s death, and thus the demise of the band, Nirvana recorded two albums specifically, “Incesticide” and “In Utero” while touring Europe heavily in between. Abruptly bringing an end to a band that defined the era known as the early ’90s, Kurt Cobain passed away in April of ’94. Obviously devastating fans and admirers everywhere, the music industry suffered a loss of possibly the most down-to-earth and outspoken, shameless and most of all talented vocalist it has probably ever known.
Their Well Overdue Recognition
Although abrupt, Nirvana made an impact on the world at a faster pace and deeper level than some artists can achieve in a lifetime of work. On April 10, the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame payed homage to their greatness with an induction of all three members of the group, and a touching speech by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe as he did the honors of their induction. Much love, respect and “We miss you” s were in place for Kurt naturally seeing as he is so dearly mourned. There to accept the trophy on his behalf was his widow, Courtney Love with support from Kurt’s mother and sisters. Packed full of emotion, the ceremony was all that it should have been for Kurt and for the band as a whole.
Not long after accepting their induction Dave and Krist took to the stage to perform a few of Nirvana’s greatest songs with the help of four guest vocalists. Joan Jett hitting things off with the erratic beat of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” her raspy vocals played out surprisingly well. An old touring buddy of the band’s was up next when Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth screamed her way through “Aneurysm” as she channeled her inner Kurt with the style of her stage presence. Smoothly singing through Nirvana hit “Lithium” was St. Vincent who seemed to perform in the opposite style of Kim. Last but not least, Lorde took to the stage her dramatic, yet appropriate rendition of “All Apologies” thus concluding the performances.
What Have Krist and Dave Been Up to Since ’94?
Both members still keeping their hands in music have actually gone on to form other bands and projects. Dave Grohl, as most know, founded the Foo Fighters and has dabbled in a couple of side works. Every once in a while he’ll guest drum for various artists such as Zac Brown Band at award shows and such. Announcing a few years back that Foo Fighters would be taking a break, he recently released news of their return, which means a new album is in the making! Krist Novoselic, too has founded several bands himself including Fecal Matter, Flipper and many others, though has not been as immersed in mainstream rock as Dave. Krist has appeared to take the more calm path through life, which seems to suit him well. Overall, the two seem to still have it. Playing as beautifully as ever, Kurt would be proud.