Check out the haunting first image from Brett Morgen's upcoming film.
The first image from the forthcoming official Kurt Cobain documentary 'Cobain: Montage of Heck' has finally been released, giving us a glimpse into one of the most highly anticipated music documentaries of late.
First picture from 'Cobain: Montage of Heck'
The movie has been executively produced by the Nirvana frontman's 22-year-old daughter Frances Bean and marks the very first authorized documentary on the grunge legend, who tragically took his own life at the peak of Nirvana fame in 1994. The first image is a haunting painting of the singer walking away from a blue, wooden panelled house surrounded by trees, as the dull, dark grey sky bears down on him.
'Montage of Heck' is due for release later this year, and a book exploring the documentary in greater depth will accompany the British cinematic release.
'Montage of Heck', a documentary about Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, will be released in May
Both the film and book will be entitled ‘Montage of Heck’, a name taken from a mixtape that Cobain made and which was shared widely online last year. The tracklisting features clips from The Beatles, The Monkees, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, The Jackson Five and many more, which gave an insight into the widely divergent influences that made up Cobain’s songwriting.
Continue reading: Book To Accompany Documentary Film About Kurt Cobain
The first authorized Kurt Cobain documentary will draw upon the musician's personal home videos, drawings, recordings, photography and journals.
Frances Bean Cobain is to produce the first fully-authorised documentary of her late father, the Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Directed by Brett Morgen (Crossfire Hurricane), Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will have full use of Cobain's archives, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, songbooks and home videos.
Kurt Cobain [centre] is considered one of the great cultural icons of his time
"I started work on this project eight years ago," Morgen said in a press release. "Like most people, when I started, I figured there would be limited amounts of fresh material to unearth.
Continue reading: Frances Bean Cobain Producing First Authorised Kurt Cobain Documentary
The late Nirvana frontman’s daughter Frances Bean will executive produce the documentary, while Cobain's widow Courtney Love is not involved.
HBO have announced they will be airing the first ever 'authorised' documentary on late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Entitled ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’, the film has been directed and produced by Brett Morgen, who previously followed The Rolling Stones for ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ in 2012.
'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' will show on HBO in 2015
Morgen is said to have been working on the project since 2007, with the cooperation of Cobain’s family. Frances Bean Cobain. the only daughter of the late singer, is serving as an exec producer on the documentary, while HBO has confirmed Courtney Love will not be involved.
Continue reading: 'Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck' Documentary Coming To HBO Next Year
The Hole frontwoman also confided her questionable finance management secrets.
Courtney Love’s $27 million in expenses might seem like a rather shocking amount, but she isn’t too worried – or at all, really. In a recent interview with the Sunday Times, the “Hole” frontwoman made the startling confession that she had burned through millions of “Nirvana money” in a very short time, having spent most of it on s number of lawsuits through the years.
Courtney Love's financial strategy is rather unorthodox to say the least.
Not one to worried, however, Love maintains her chill attitude about the whole thing: "I know that's a lifetime of money to most people, but I'm a big girl, it's rock 'n roll, it's Nirvana money, I had to let it go. I make enough to live on, I'm financially solvent, I focus on what I make now."
Continue reading: Courtney Love: $27 Million Of Nirvana's Money Spent. Gone. Forever.
After US pop-punks The Story So Far brawled with heavy-handed security, we take a look at other acts who have clashed with famous acts.
Crowd surfing and moshing are two activities that are part and parcel of punk shows worldwide, but it seems one security guard at the Montreal leg of this year’s Warped Tour didn’t get the memo. Footage has emerged of a security guard throwing a crowd member to the ground after apparently crowd surfing over the barrier. The incident took place during the song “Daughter” by the increasingly popular US pop-punk band The Story So Far, sparking a brief brawl in which the band’s frontman Parker Cannon leapt off the stage and exchanged a flurry of blows with the over-zealous security guard before being subdued by security staff.
After the situation was diffused, Parker returned to the stage to conclude the band’s set. Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has launched an investigation into the incident and announced via Twitter that a tape of the melee has been sent to the security company involved for their consideration. But this is far from the first time security members have abused their powers on innocent concert-goers and such incidents continue to occur, even as professional security companies receive training for roles that were once held by trigger-happy amateur brutes and Hells Angel members. Here is a few of the most high-profile examples of security dishing out hugely irrational responses and eschewing their primary role- to keep people safe.
The Altamont Incident & The Rolling Stones
Continue reading: Drunk On Power: When Security Fights Back
Lana Del Rey has claimed she was duped into answering leading questions about Kurt Cobain in a recent interview with a British newspaper.
Lana Del Rey has made amends with Frances Bean Cobain.
In a recent interview with the Guardian, Del Rey discussed her musical idols including Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain. She reportedly said "I wish I was dead already," a remark which prompted Cobain to point out her own personal tragedy. Cobain was less than two years old when her father Kurt died at the age of 27.
Lana Del Rey has announced her split from her boyfriend of nearly three years, former Kassidy band member Barrie James O'Neill. Del Rey has also been under fire (again) for her reported comments on dying young in a recent interview.
It's not been a good week for Lana Del Rey. The Ultraviolence artist has separated from Scottish singer Barrie James O'Neill and has been seriously chastised by Frances Bean Cobain owing to Del Rey's comments about her father's death.
Barrie James O'Neill and Lana Del Rey have split after nearly three years together.
Del Rey announced her separation from O'Neill in a recent interview with Switzerland's 20 Minuten magazine, published on Monday (23rd June). Responding to a question about the possibility of an engagement, 28-year-old Del Rey said "We are currently not together." She continued to vaguely explain the reasons behind their split which apparently result from O'Neill's unspecified issues. She said "He is a wonderful person. But there are some things which he has to deal with. I will not explain in detail. This was hard on our relationship, I no longer felt free."
Continue reading: Lana Del Rey Splits With Boyfriend & Angers Frances Bean Cobain
Kurt Cobain's daughter admonishes Del Rey for morbid comments made in a recent interview.
Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, has lashed out at pop star Lana Del Rey over quotes printed in a recent interview with The Guardian in which Del Rey expresses a desire to be dead.
In a conversation discussing Lana's heroes, including Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse, who happen to be dead, Lana revealed her disenchantment with fame and attraction to death. "I wish I was dead already," she said, adding "I don't want to have to keep doing this. But I am."
On Sunday, Frances Bean, who lost her father to suicide at a young age, called out Del Rey in a series of strong, but not overly harsh, tweets. "The death of young musicians isn't something to romanticize," she warned.
Continue reading: "Embrace Life": Frances Bean Cobain Warns Lana Del Rey Over Death Wish
Heroin has claimed yet another high-profile victim, we look at other famous faces to have fallen foul of the drug.
GWAR frontman Dave Brockie died of a heroin overdose Other celebs who have passed away from the drug It was recently announced that frontman of theatrical horror-rock band GWAR has died of a heroin overdose, just another victim of a substance that each year lays waste to thousands upon thousands of tortured souls across the world. In the celebrity sphere, and music world especially, heroin is an all-too common cause of death that has taken the lives of many of the world’s iconic figures.
GWAR frontman Dave Brockie died of a heroin overdose earlier this year
It is also synonymous with certain movements and genres. It’s usage in the grunge era was ubiquitous much the same as it was amongst the likes of Led Zeppelin and the monsters of rock that flourished in yesteryear. To some, heroin is viewed with romanticism that has inspired countless songs, from The La’s “There She Goes” to Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.” As such, it’s often viewed as a glamorous addition to one’s lifestyle, especially those with a fondness for the ‘gonzo’ literary works of Hunter S. Thompson and William Burroughs. But first and foremost, despite its allusions as a pathway towards creative bliss, it is a killer that ensnares the victim in a routine of cop and fix that can so easily lead to degradation and eventual death.
The message is in Love's handwriting, one of many exchanged between her and Cobain.
You’d think that twenty years on, the surprises and shocking twists around Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s relationships would be all but over. Not so, however. Last week, CBS reported on a note, found in Cobain’s pocket after his death, which seemed to reference his relationship with Love. The note apperared to be written by Cobain about his turbulent relationship with Love, but now, a biographer of the Nirvana frontman has said that the note was, in fact, written by Love herself.
Apparently the note found in Cobain's pocket was not written by him.
The note, initially said to be written by Cobain reads: "'Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife. Even when she’s a bitch with zits and siphoning all your money for doping and whoring.'"
It's nearly time to usher in a new generation of rock legends.
Today's the day! A new year's worth of rock royalty will tonight be ushered into the coveted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Hall And Oates, the E Street Band, Andrew Loog Oldham and Brian Epstein are hours away from becoming the newest members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Former Nirvana Rockers Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic Will Be Performing At Tonight's Ceremony.
Stevens, now called Yusuf Islam, is going to perform alongside the E Street Band, who are being inducted b Bruce Springsteen, as well as Gabriel. Emmylou Harris, Carrie Underwood, Stevie Nicks and Bonnie Raitt will reportedly be singing a tribute to Ronstadt. SPIN is reporting that Joan Jett will sing the Nirvana tunes, which has ignited rock fan's imagination more than any other rumour.
Richard Lee believes that the Nirvana rocker's death was not a suicide.
The police department of Seattle is facing a lawsuit after releasing previously unseen photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain's suicide. The 18 photos largely show the late Nirvana rocker's belongings that surrounded him as he was found dead but more recent images have shown parts of Cobain's actual body. Self-styles investigative journalist Richard Lee is suing the police for not having released the previously undeveloped photos sooner.
A Man, Who Believes Kurt Cobain Was Murdered, Is Suing The Seattle Police Department.
Lee, who has run for Seattle mayor several times, has resolutely stood by his belief that Cobain's death was not a suicide and once hosted a public access television show called Kurt Cobain Was Murdered. Lee will be representing himself in the suit and is suing Seattle police for not releasing the Cobain death scene photos shortly after the Nirvana frontman's actual death, on April 5, 1994, according to the Seattle Pi.
The Nirvana frontman's daughter and widow have big plans for the band's legacy.
There could be a Kurt Cobain musical in the works. Well, that's if you believe what the late Nirvana frontman's widow Courtney Love is currently suggesting. Having dismissed the prospect of such a project for years, the Hole singer has now said that it is "very likely" that Nirvana's songs will be heard on Broadway.
Courtney Love Has Said That A Kurt Cobain Musical Is "Very Likely" To Happen.
In a recent interview with NME, Love said that she and daughter Frances Bean Cobaindecided to move ahead with a stage musical so long as they can "reach up to the highest shelf and select a team of the greatest and most respected writers, producers and directors." They apparently changed their mind after "tons of Nirvana fanmail" and persuasive support for the idea on social media.
As the 20th anniversary of Cobain's death approaches, sombre new photos have been released.
Dramatic unseen photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain's death have been released, depicting not only the late Nirvana frontman's suicide note but also his drugs paraphernalia. Photos from the scene began to be released last by Seattle police and feature of the scene of Cobain's death on April 5, 1994, featuring what appears to be drug paraphernalia, as well as pair of sunglasses, a pack of cigarettes, a towel and a wallet, via MTV News.
2014 Is A Momentous Year For Remembering Seattle Rockers, Nirvana.
On Friday (March 28), several more images have surfaced, including photos of Cobain's suicide note, which was found in a planter in the greenhouse impaled by a pen. The photos' release comes as the 20th anniversary of Cobain's death nears as well as 25 years since the release of the grunge rockers' debut album, Bleach. To mark a quarter of a century since the record's release, the band will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.
Jamie Dunie wants to convert Kurt Cobain's childhood home into a museum, good idea or highly unlikely?
Three weeks ago journalist Jamie Dunkie launched a campaign to raise money for the purchase of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s childhood home, in order to turn it into a museum. So far, however, the campaign has only managed to raise around $130 dollars. This comes during a wave of new tributes to the singer in the 20th year after his death. Aberdeen mayor Bill Simpson has recently said he hopes that Cobain’s hometown will be ‘just as big as Graceland eventually.’ But is a Cobain museum really likely and above all, necessary?
Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain died 20 years ago
It’s been 20 years since Kurt Cobain, the frontman of grunge icons Nirvana passed away and unsurprisingly this year has marked a wave of new tributes to the prolific singer. On February 20th, Aberdeen, Washington, where Cobain was born, held its first ‘Kurt Cobain Day’, where a statue of the singer was unveiled. The rather underwhelming event along with the statue, which features Cobain depicted shedding a single tear ,was part of a campaign spearheaded by the city’s mayor to make up for lost time in honouring the grunge pioneer. It also prompted the city of Hoquiam, also in Washington, where Cobain briefly lived, to announce their own ‘Kurt Cobain’ day which is scheduled for April 10th, five days after the 20th anniversary of his death. On that day, April 10th, Cobain is set to receive an greater honour when Nirvana finally get inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’.
Continue reading: Could The Kurt Cobain Museum Really Happen?
Kurt Cobain's childhood home is up for sale - but will it become a museum?
A group of Nirvana supporters led by the journalist Jaime Dunkle have launched a campaign to turn frontman Kurt Cobain's childhood home in Washington into a museum. The fans hope to raise $700,000 to purchase and convert the bungalow, which was recently listed for sale. However, after almost three weeks the crowd-funding campaign has attracted only $135 in donations.
Kurt Cobain with Nirvana
"[I'm] confident it's only a matter of time before people start donating," Dunkle told the Palm Beach New Times, explaining that donators will be eligible for prizes including museum memberships, t-shirts and "a pair of tickets to the sold-out Die Antwoord show in Portland".
Continue reading: Campaign To Turn Kurt Cobain's House Into Museum Raises $135
The late Nirvana rocker's hometown mark the occasion.
The first annual Kurt Cobain Day has been celebrated by residents of the Washington town, Aberdeen, where the late Nirvana frontman was born and lived for much of his life. It has been nearly 20 years since the singer and guitarist took his own life due to heroin addiction and depression but residents of the town now feel that the time is right to mark Cobain's birthday every year.
Kurt Cobain Day Will Become An Annual Event To Mark The Birthday Of The Nirvana Frontman.
"Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain," said mayor Bill Simpson recently, as he officially confirmed the celebration, adding, "the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain and his artistic achievements," via The Independent.
The singer was found not guilty in the libel case against her former lawyer Rhonda Holmes
Love was facing a $8million charge in the case
It's been almost four years, but Courtney Love has finally seen the end of what has been dubbed the 'twibel' court case. The rock chick was found not guilty in the first ever Twitter libel case, after San Diego attorney Rhonda Holmes filed a $8 million lawsuit against the Hole singer after she claimed Holmes was “bought off” in a tweet from June 2010.
Love had appeared in court to give her defence on Wednesday, 22 January, when she claimed to be a “computer retard” at the time of the tweet, stating that she was unsure of how to send direct messages through Twitter, which resulted in her hitting out against her former lawyer in plain view of her many Twitter followers. At the end of an 8-day trial, the Hole singer was not present on Friday's (24 Jan.) verdict reading, but judging by her elated tweets she was more than happy with how the case went.
Continue reading: Courtney Love Emerges Victorious Following 'Twibel' Court Case
The defamation case has ended in favor of Love.
The jury has sided with Courtney Love in the defamation case brought up against her by a former lawyer. The lawsuit centered around a tweet by Love implying that the lawyer had been “bought off” for not pursuing a lawsuit over her late husband's estate. The whole trial spanned eight days and after three hours of deliberation on Friday, according to USA Today. The specific tweet that the case was centered around was posted by Love in 2010 and suggested that San Diego attorney Rhonda Holmes had been "bought off" and that was why she wasn't representing the singer anymore.
Love was accused of defamation against her former lawyer in the Cobain lawsuit.
Holmes originally represented the Hole vocalist in a lawsuit against the estate of her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. During the trial that ended on Friday, Holmes claimed that she had been fired by Love and that the tweets issued by her former client had caused significant damage to her reputation. Love's tweet stated, "I was (expletive) devastated when Rhonda J Holmes Esq of san diego was bought off" in response to a question from user of the popular social media site.
Courtney Love has won her 'Twibel' court case against her former lawyer. This is the first case in the US to be brought to trial.
Courtney Love has won a landmark case involving her Twitter use. Love's trial is the first 'Twibel' case in the US to reach trial.
The Hole singer was in court over allegations by her former lawyer of using Twitter to libel. The singer allegedly used Twitter to discredit her lawyer. She was then sued for libel in an act which has since been dubbed 'Twibel'.
Tweeting in 2010, Love allegedly implied her then lawyer Rhonda Holmes had taken a bribe so she and her representative would back out of a legal battle with Kurt Cobain's managers. The legal battle concerned Love's late husband, Nirvana frontman Cobain's estate, which his managers and Love were disputing. Love was married to Cobain from 1992 until his death two years later and she is the mother of his only child Frances Bean Cobain. According to reports in the New York Daily News, Love had hired Holmes in 2008 in order to see which parts of Cobain's estate were being milked by various individuals in charge of it. Following prolonged legal action, a large proportion of Cobain's estate is controlled by Frances.
Continue reading: Courtney Love Wins Landmark 'Twibel' Court Case
In a recent NPR interview, Dave Grohl described the different methods used to record 'Nevermind' and 'In Utero'. Butch Vig had laboured over multiple takes for the former to produce an album that would define a generation. On the latter, Steve Albini had encouraged Cobain, Grohl and Novoselic to record songs in one take if possible, and to avoid overdubs. The result was a more abrasive set of recordings and a more accurate reflection of Nirvana's power on stage. The 20th anniversary edition of 'In Utero' attempts to restore that vision, by providing an alternative view of what turned out to be Cobain's final studio statement. While not quite as exhaustive as the anniversary edition of 'Nevermind', in many ways 'In Utero' gains more from this treatment than its predecessor did.
Recorded in two weeks at Pachyderm Studios in Minnesota during February of 1993, 'In Utero' was a reaction to the overwhelming popularity of 'Nevermind'. Producer Steve Albini set the band a simple challenge: "bang a record out in a couple of days, with high quality, but 'minimal' production and no interference from the front office bulletheads." Indeed, Albini's full letter to the band can be found in the liner notes for this re-issue; as a blueprint for the record, it makes fascinating reading. The anticipation of record company pressure and an unspoken obligation to Nirvana's burgeoning audience led to some changes from that original vision, though. Scott Litt who'd been working with R.E.M. was called in to overhaul the likes of 'Pennyroyal Tea', 'Heart Shaped Box' and 'All Apologies'. The album that eventually emerged was therefore 90% of the Albini mixes with additions like double tracked vocals thrown in for good measure. For the first time, then, this anniversary edition presents all the options that were considered, allowing the full set of Albini tracks to see the light of day.
They are admittedly more visceral and arresting, but that's not why this edition of 'In Utero' is indispensable to anyone that's ever engaged with the record. Albini, Grohl and Novoselic have re-entered the studio and remixed the album from scratch using the original tape sources. It may sound like overkill, but it really makes a difference. The 2013 version of 'In Utero' utilises unheard guitar tracks ('Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle' springs to mind), alternate vocal takes and eliminates some of the studio polish that cluttered up the original mix. 'Dumb', for example, sounds even more stripped back and heartfelt, and while there's still cello to be found, it's far less obtrusive. While it obviously doesn't have the input of Cobain, for all intents and purposes, this is the definitive mix of 'In Utero'. It's in no way superfluous and doesn't cause you to play a never-ending game of spot the difference. Instead, it presents a record that sounds substantially different, and all the better for it.
Continue reading: Nirvana - In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition Album Review
Plans to release Nirvana's third and final studio album will include a complete 1993 live set.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of 1993 album, In Utero, Nirvana will release their original album remastered featuring more than 70 remixed, rare, live and unreleased recorded tracks, reports Spin. The so-called "Super-Deluxe Edition" will be available on a number of different formats, including digital download, single remastered CD, triple-vinyl LP set, and a four disc version that comprises of three CDs and one DVD.
Former Nirvana Bandmates Dave Grohl & Krist Novoselic.
The DVD will show live footage form Nirvana's 13th December 1993 Seattle "Live and Loud" show and will be available to purchase on its own from 24th September. Although track listings for each format have yet to be confirmed, but Nirvana fans will be excited to finally see long-awaited footage of the band's pivotal show.
Suicidal Paris Jackson's family had told her she wasn't allowed to attend a rock concert: a decision that could have provoked her drastic actions.
Paris Jackson's shock suicide attempt yesterday (5th June) left her in hospital last night.
She reportedly sliced her arm with a cleaver knife and took an overdose of painkillers after a relative forbade her from attending Marilyn Manson's rock concert in Los Angeles.
The 15 year-old daughter of Michael Jackson also rang a suicide hotline after she left a note to her family and was later found unconscious.
Will Courtney Love be taking a front row seat at New York’s fashion week? If a recent Reuters report is anything to go by, it looks as though the Queen of Grunge may well have been responsible for many of the looks that we’re about to see on the catwalk. Where the music scene treads, the fashion designers are sure to follow and by al accounts, New York Fashion Week’s top designers have taken their cue from the recent grunge revival that’s taken over the radio airwaves over the last 12 months.
Courtney Love may be a fan of high-end couture fashion these days, but it’s the dishevelled baby-doll look of her grunge days (Courtney Love fronts the band Hole and was married to the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana) that looks set to inspire at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Manhattan’s Lincoln Centre. Ken Downing, the fashion director of the luxury department store Neiman Marcus insists that designers have gone for a more feminine version of grunge: “When I say grunge, people always kind of grimace, but it's not an absolute interpretation from the past. There’s a real girliness to it.”
Girliness, you say? We guess that rules out the chances of the catwalk models having the words “Slut” and “Whore” scrawled on their arms, á la Courtney Love. Or, heaven forbid, that they may fling a used tampon into the audience, á la Donita Sparks (the L7 band member did just that at Reading Festival). Designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Dries van Noten are said to have taken inspiration fro the grunge revival but we reckon they’ll be tidying things up a little, after taking a glimpse inside Courtney’s old wardrobe.
Courtney Love, Kurt Kobain's widow and mother of his only child, has expressed her distaste at the appointment of Paul McCartney to be the front man of a Nirvana reunion at the 12-12-12 charity gig in New York, on Wednesday.
The show was all for charity, to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy, for Courtney Love, it's just not cool that McCartney has taken Kurt's place, reports TMZ. "Look, if John were alive it would be cool." She said. She also objects to the reference to the gig as a 'Nirvana reunion' because she says, without Kurt, it's not Nirvana. We can certainly see where she's coming from, but for a band as well loved as Nirvana, a 'reunion' regardless of its authenticity never stops being a tribute to Kurt and will always provide an arena for fans to remember him and the band.
McCartney, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have been 'jamming' together for a while in secret and have even written some songs together. Speaking to the audience at the 12-12-12 concert McCartney said: "Recently, some guys asked me to go jam with them... So I showed up, like you do, ready to jam. And in the middle of it, these guys kept going, 'We haven't played together for years.' So the penny finally dropped, I finally understood I was in the middle of a Nirvana reunion." Reports the LA Times.
Yesterday’s Concert For Sandy Relief (December 12, 2012) turned into a year’s worth of rock and pop headlines, all rolled into one. Not only were some of the coolest kids on the block performing (Alicia Keys, we’re looking at you), but they were doing it in tabloid-seeking style (Kanye West in a skirt, anyone?). However, it was the older statesmen of rock and roll that really grabbed the nations’ attention last night.
First up, Sir Paul McCartney, formerly of The Beatles and now, apparently… of Nirvana? Well, maybe not quite. But Sir Paul did perform with the surviving members of Nirvana – Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, playing a new song that they had composed together, entitled ‘Cut Me Some Slack.’ It was part of a wider set performed by McCartney and allayed the fears of devout Nirvana fans, concerned that they would be performing a set of Nirvana covers, with McCartney taking the place of the late Kurt Cobain.
The Rolling Stones made an impressive, if brief, performance, playing ‘You Got Me Rocking’ and ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ before leaving the Madison Square Garden gathered crowd wanting more. Mick Jagger’s seemingly unending reserves of energy put many of the other performers to shame, even if he didn’t have to exert quite the same degree of stamina that he has had to at the band’s recent 2 hour 50th anniversary shows. “Homestate hero” Bruce Springsteen was described by New York Times as “the master of the socially conscious message that’s also a full-tilt rock concert” and last night, he didn’t disappoint. The evening ended on a rousing note, with Alicia Keys joined by a stage full of firefighters to sing ‘Empire State Of Mind Part II,’ with its appropriate chorus of “This is New York… concrete jungle where dreams are made of.”
Happy Birthday, Jimi Hendrix! Today, Jimi Hendrix would have been celebrating his 70th birthday, had a tragic turn of events not resulted in his death on September 18, 1970.
Patty Schemel is known to many as the drummer in Hole from 1992 to 1996. Born in Seattle, she formed Kill Sybil at the age of fifteen with her brother. Five years later, she joined the all-girl punk group Doll Squad. In 1990, she was the first choice of drummer for Nirvana, after Chad Channing left the band. After Dave Grohl's audition, however, she became the second choice but after that, Kurt and Patty became close friends.
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There's also a distinct possibility that Live At The Paramount could become the definitive live Nirvana release. Whereas for example the equally brilliant MTV Unplugged and Live At Reading have garnered much praise, some of their appeal comes from the sense of occasion (one night only stripped back acoustic and barnstorming festival set respectively). Although the Paramount show is a Halloween event it doesn't rely upon that, as it's selling point. Instead it's Cobain, Novoselic, and Grohl at the top of their game, firing on all cylinders with raw intensity keeping you glued to the screen.
Continue reading: Nirvana Live At The Paramount Review
Date of birth
20th February, 1967
Date of death
5th April, 1994
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