We all knew that Nirvana's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction was going to be special. We didn't know that the group would bring out four different females to fill Kurt Cobain's role as vocalist in the band. Joan Jett got things started on "Smells Like Teen Spirit," followed by Kim Gordon (of Sonic Youth) singing "Aneurysm," and Annie Clark (St. Vincent) taking a lead on "Lithium." While the first three songs had a rotating guest spot, everyone came back up for the final song "All Apologies" which was sung by Lorde. Watch the video above, via YouTube.
For the last song, Krist Novoselic switched from bass to accordion, Kim Gordon played bass, Joan Jett and St. Vincent played guitar alongside Pat Smear, and Dave Grohl manned the drums. In a pink suit, Lorde sang the tune with conviction as images of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana were projected on the back of the stage. It was a beautiful moment, and one that won't be forgotten.
The two surviving members of Nirvana, Novoselic and Grohl, deserve a lot of credit for thinking outside the box when it came to putting their Rock and Roll HOF performance together. Choosing these women was a stroke of pure genius. They also deserve a lot of credit for performing at a high level, as does Pat Smear - who handled most of the Kurt Cobain guitar parts through the set with near perfection. It was an emotional performance at the end of a long night, and you could see during the speeches that the guys are still wrestling with the demons of Cobain's suicide 20 years later.
HBO will be premiering the official high quality video of 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 31st at 9pm. Check local listings and HBO.com.
Long live rock and roll.
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