Posted in music on April 11, 2014

Stipe

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony happened last night (4/10) at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which among other things, saw Nirvana getting inducted. You already saw pictures of their acceptance speech and performances with Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and Lorde, and fan-made videos have since surfaced of them playing "Lithium" with St. Vincent, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" with Joan Jett, and their introduction speech by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe.

Stipe's speech talked about how Nirvana came from the '80s hardcore underground, called them greater than pop music, "artists in every sense of the word" and said they captured lightning in a bottle. In that same video, after Stipe's speech, Dave Grohl gives his acceptance speech in which he honors the four Nirvana drummers that came before him -- Aaron Burckhard, Dale Crover of the Melvins ("my absolute drumming hero"), Chad Channing (who he credited for the "In Bloom" drum fill), and Dan Peters of Mudhoney. Up next was Kirst Novoselic's speech, in which he thanked Sub Pop, Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, Nirvana producers Jack Endino, Steve Albini and Butch Vig, and others.

As you may have heard, after Nirvana's induction, the members and their guests headed to tiny Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus for a full set of Nirvana songs.

HBO airs the induction ceremony on May 31. Meanwhile, watch those fan-made videos below...

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Michael Stipe's Nirvana R&RHOF Induction Speech

Nirvana & St. Vincent - "Lithium"

Nirvana & Joan Jett - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"

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Comments (17)

*four drummers before him.

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2014 3:08 PM

"*four drummers before him."

right, was confusing four before him with five total. fixed, thanks!

Posted by AS | April 11, 2014 3:21 PM

>>speech by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe.

I would give you an A for grammar. All around, pretty top notch stuff. However, for that little extra + in your score, I would have asked you to remember to place a comma before Michael's name in that sentence, AS. (See what i did there?)

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2014 3:51 PM

How many times do you think Michael Stipe got to play hide the salami with Kurt while Courtney was out scoring skag?

Posted by Anonymous | April 11, 2014 4:14 PM

Most over-rated band of all time. The only thing special about Nirvana was that they got played on the radio during a time when "alternative" was not on the airwaves.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2014 11:13 AM

^ Just keep acting like you know what you're talking about and it'll be okay, little slug.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2014 11:41 AM

I am not 11:13 but having actually been an adult at the time I validate his observation as accurate.

11:41 maybe you need to get outside and relax? Your diffuse anger is so boring.

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2014 12:54 PM

LOL get it?

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2014 2:50 PM

11:13 ....so if it weren't for them, "alternative" wouldn't have been so popular. I can't tell if you were trying to be negative, because you actually just complimented them

Posted by Anonymous | April 12, 2014 7:44 PM

If it weren't for Rob Chambers date rape would not have been so popular.

Making something popular does not mean that you have added any value to the culture.

Besides, I think that the Mats, Sonic Youth, and a legion of others might have a legitimate claim to bringing public attention to "alternative"

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2014 12:23 AM

Annie Clark get off the stage and leave the building please.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2014 1:56 PM

12:54 Thanks, professor.

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2014 2:01 PM

Jesus Christ, hold the damn camera still!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 13, 2014 2:23 PM

Best comment thread ever for this Pharmakon chick:
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2014/01/pharmakon_playe_1.html

Posted by Anonymous | April 14, 2014 11:40 AM

Negative reaction means you werent alive in the 90s

Posted by Rsmn | April 17, 2014 9:25 AM

kurt took the easy way out! long may you run cobain.. :)

Posted by richie young | June 2, 2014 6:57 AM

Hey Stipe,
Keep your faggot mouth closed. We don't care about your demented political views.

Posted by Ken | June 4, 2014 2:55 PM

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