Posted in music | tour dates on April 9, 2014

UPDATE: Yep, Joan fronted Nirvana and so did a few others (like Kim Gordon, St Vincent, and Lorde).

Joanvana?
Joan Jett

As mentioned a few times, this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony happens this Thursday (4/10) at Barclays Center with Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt all being inducted. You can still get tickets (though Ticketmaster says "not many left"). Since this is also a TV broadcast, Gotham Casting is also helping to fill certain seats which means free tickets are also available, but you have to RSVP for a chance for one of them, and they might not be the best seats (there's a chance you won't be able to see at all, make sure to read the fine print before you RSVP).

In terms of Nirvana's induction, as you may know, Kurt, Krist and Dave (but not Chad) are getting inducted, and Courtney & Frances Bean will be there to accept Kurt's award despite any awkwardness between Courtney and Dave. Krist also recently hinted that there'd be some kind of performance too. Of course the issue of "Who will front Nirvana?" at these things is always a touchy subject (and apparently the answer can't just be "no one"). Paul McCartney has done it, but not to sing a Nirvana song. As many have pointed out, a not-so-mysterious Foo Fighters instagram hints that the singer in question this time may be Joan Jett. The instagram (pictured above), shows what appears to be Joan's Melody Maker, Dave Grohl's kit, Krist Novoselic's bass, and Pat Smear's guitar as well. Could be worse?

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Comments (40)

Joan Jett? That's the best they can pull for a big Nirvana tribute? Grohl really is a dolt.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 10:34 AM

No PJ Harvey? Thurston Moore?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 10:39 AM

Calvin Johnson and Jad Fair both turned it down

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 10:41 AM

*ALL SEATS ARE ON CAMERA & need high energy at all times

**SEATS WILL BE LOCATED in partially or FULLY obstructed areas.

you may only be able to see part or NONE of the stage-

**YOU WILL BE IN HOUSE & ABLE TO HEAR EVERYTHING!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 10:45 AM

10:45, don't forget that you have to get there hours early just to sit and do nothing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 10:50 AM

That casting thing is so dumb. If you're that into going, there are dirt cheap tix on Stubhub and probably a lot in front of the venue.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 11:06 AM

Get Greg Sage out of retirement and have him front the band. He can even play Kurt's guitars. Kurt stole a lot from him, so why not?

Mark Arm would be another good choice, but I like the Joan Jett idea.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 11:08 AM

They should get Marissa from the Screaming Females.
She is Kurt re-incarnated!

Posted by spikenyc | April 9, 2014 11:15 AM

It could be a lot worse. Like if they got Barbara Streisand to do it. Or Liza.

That said, Joan Jett is still pretty bad.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 11:21 AM

What does Joan Jet have to do with Nirvana?

Maybe if they were inducting Tommy James it would make sense.
No offense to Tommy James of course. He's awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 11:31 AM

agree with 11:27. a junkie scumbag is the only reasonable fill-in for a junkie scumbag.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 11:36 AM

Dave Grohl is such a goddamn tool. Who would ever want to watch Joan Jett front Nirvana?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 11:40 AM

How about Ben from The Men or do they have 4 shows that night?

Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2014 11:42 AM

DISGRACEFUL.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 11:51 AM

Deervana! John McCauley!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 11:59 AM

kiss sucks

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 12:28 PM

Why not Tobi Vail?

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 12:57 PM

Why not Britney or Rhianna

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 1:16 PM

A hologram of Tiny Tim!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 1:31 PM

re:10:39.... man, Thurston would be sick fronting Nirvana!

Let's see just how much Courtney Love is going to turn the acceptance around, making it about herself. She fucking sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 2:19 PM

"They should get Marissa from the Screaming Females."

That actually is a great idea. The Rock Hall probably would not care for the idea since she is not commercial enough.

Michael Stipe would be interesting, but he doesn't play guitar. Pat Smear would be able to cover that ground. Mark Arm would be a good choice as well.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 2:56 PM

Courtney Love shouldn't be allowed anywhere near that stage. Let Kurt's mom accept for him or something. Come on.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 3:03 PM

If you've ever seen Joan Jett off stage, she could easily pass for a junkie.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 3:11 PM

Yeah, agreed. Marissa. Or someone from PNW at least. Mark Arm would have been a great choice too. Oh, and Michael Stipe? GTFO.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 3:20 PM

KIM DEAL

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 3:36 PM

Nobody's gonna really be happy with anybody that's not Kurt, so why not make the best of it? Joan Jett is a fox with great pipes. Good choice!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 6:00 PM

If you think about it the only logical choice is really Grimes. Not that her and Kurt sound anything alike, but they were both the voices of their generations.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 6:48 PM

Mark Arm has an amazing voice but he wouldn't do it. Mudhoney's "Into Yer Schtick" and "Brand New Face" were fierce diatribes against Courtney Love. Mark would be a no go...unless things have been patched up.

I luv Joan but I don't see how she ties in with Nirvana.

Posted by Jeff | April 9, 2014 7:18 PM

I could just imagine Thurston Moore ripping into Milk It. Man that would be fucking sick!

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 7:26 PM

Black Francis gets my vote

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 7:48 PM

get bent

Posted by blayne | April 9, 2014 8:48 PM

agree with 6:48. I think Kurt would have really liked Grimes.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 9:06 PM

Joan Jett is a perfect choice. You all suck.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 10:07 PM

lol @ 6:48 who thinks Grimes is the anything of a generation.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2014 10:24 PM

The only person who is vocally capable of fronting Nirvana reasonably well is Courtney Love. Period.

Because this won't happen for various reasons, the following should happen:

Dave Grohl should front Nirvana and Chad should play drums. Bleach was their best album and Chad was on it, so he should be inducted. This lineup would A) probably not piss anyone off B) be reasonably fair to all involved.

Anything else will, inevitably piss people off AND suck. Finally, these folks are adults. If they actually value this HOF thing (which apparently they do because they are showing up in spite of it's complete bullishness), they should just get over themselves, induct everyone, have Courtney sing and have two drummers. But you know, being adults is for... umm... other people.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 11:57 AM

Joan's a fine choice to front Nirvana. It's not like she could play or sing any worse than Cobain did anyways. And go Kiss! it's about friggin' time. You can only drag out stubborn snobbery for so long before it becomes childish.

Posted by SJ | April 10, 2014 7:07 PM

Just do what the Gorillaz did with live performance and put a hologram of Kurt on stage. Give everyome the creeps.

Posted by Anonymous | April 10, 2014 10:37 PM

I'd be hard-pressed to find anyone of late who's missed a joke like 10:24.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2014 1:37 AM

This is really cool.

Posted by Mine | April 14, 2014 6:39 AM

Heard the replay last night; when I think of who is NOT in the R&R HOF, versus Nirvana, it makes me physically ill.
They suck; they always did suck; the fems they had fronting for Cobaine sucked as well!

Posted by BQ Rubb | June 17, 2014 10:15 AM

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