April 5th marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain, and nearly two decades to the day, his former band, Nirvana, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But the late rock icon, one of the most reluctant stars of his generation, still seems to cause controversy — and awkward situations — for some of the people he left behind.
Check out the people could make Nirvana’s momentous induction a little awkward.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony, slated for April 10, will have Cobain’s widow Courtney Love coming face to face with Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, after years of public feuding over use of the band’s music.
Love – who once posted a testy tweet over a rumor about Grohl and her daughter, Frances Bean– told Access Hollywood she hasn’t talked to her husband’s former band mate lately, but added, “Well, we’re gonna go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and I think we’re all sitting at the same table. I plan on wearing this dress by Marchesa that’s made of tissue paper and I think I’m going to pretend I have a crown on my head and I have to be totally regal. We haven’t actually sat at a table for, I don’t know, 25 years.” When asked if she’ll say hello to Grohl, the Hole singer said, “Yeah! You know, it’s not my hashtag Yoko.”
To add to the awkwardness, Love once slammed the hall of fame because she disagreed with the inductee choices. After AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Patti Smith were excluded in 2000, the outspoken singer retaliated by demanding that the Cleveland museum return all memorabilia belonging to her late husband. “I hope that no one I know is ever inducted into your idiotic Hall of Fame,” she reportedly said, according to MTV.
Before there was Dave Grohl there was Chad Channing. The former Nirvana drummer, who was replaced by Grohl in 1990, won’t be inducted into the hall of fame with the rest of the band, despite the fact that he performed on the Nirvana’s debut album, “Bleach,” which featured the singles “Love Buzz” and “Sliver.” (The drummer also recorded part of the drum track for the song “Polly,” which appeared on the band’s iconic follow up album, “Nevermind.”)
Channing told Radio.com that after he was contacted by longtime Nirvana manager Michael Meisel to find out if he could attend the induction ceremony. “When I told my daughter about the induction, she was super excited for me. So much of my excitement about it is for her!” he said. Unfortunately, Channing was soon forwarded a text message hall of fame organizers that said: “Can you tell whoever looks after Chad Channing that he isn’t being inducted … It is just Dave, Krist and Kurt.”
Kiss legend Gene Simmons has been talking about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for years. But shortly before his band made the cut for the coveted list, he was dissing the status of other rock bands. In an interview with UK’s Team Rock Radio Simmons rattled off a list of worthy rock icons: “Let me see — Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and just on and on,” he said. “And through the ’70s, Aerosmith, Kiss, Led Zeppelin. Now from 1984 until today, name one superstar that’s bigger than their music, and not just somebody that’s recorded one or two records, but another Queen or another AC/DC? None, you can’t name one. Kurt Cobain — no, that’s one or two records. That’s not enough. Amy Winehouse — that’s one or two records. That’s not enough. What, just ’cause you died, that makes you an icon? No, no.”
Nirvana’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.