Nirvana and KISS inducted to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Nirvana were among the acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Grunge legends Nirvana have finally been enlisted in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, alongside the band KISS and the Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
REM’s Michael Stipe inducted the group saying” They tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard! Nirvana were kicking against the mainstream, they spoke the truth and people listened”.
Krist Novoselic ( Nirvana’s Bass guitarist) said “ Nirvana fans walk up to me every day and say thank you for the music!”
The bands eventful career was sadly cut short when Kurt Cobain died in 1994. His widow, Courtney Love attended the ceremony and said.
“ You know , I have a big speech , but I’m not going to say it” ( She said before hugging Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl)” That’s it I just wish Kurt was here to do this”.
Courtney and Krist have clashed over Nirvana’s legacy in the past but it appears very much so that they have now put aside their differences.
Michael Stipe went on to say “Nirvana were singular and loud and melodic and deeply original” ( And apparently Michael likes the word (and))
Courtney Love and Krist Novoselic, who have clashed over Nirvana’s legacy in the past, put aside their differences
Nirvana “were singular and loud and melodic and deeply original,” said Michael Stipe
Nirvana performed at the ceremony with the help of Lorde, St Vincent and Kim Gordon.
Dave Grohl, Nirvana’s drummer and current frontman of rock group Foo Fighters , paid tribute to the musicians who formed the early line ups of Nirvana in particular drummer Chad Channing who he singled out for his contributions to the bands breakthrough album Nevermind.
Novoselic added “ When Nirvana fans say thank you for the music I immediately think of Kurt”.
Nirvana received their place in the hall of fame in their first year that they were eligible. Artists can only be inducted 25 years after the first release.
Other honourees included Bruce Springsteen’s band E street band, some 15 years after he was inducted for his solo career.
He said “ I told a story with the E street band that was , and is , bigger than anything I could have told on my own”
“ We suffered ageing, illness and death together” “ We took care of each other when trouble knocked and we hurt each other in big and small ways. But in the end we stuck with each other.
Kiss accepted their awards without their trademark face paint; they were one of the more controversial inductees, having pulled out of a performance at the ceremony over a disagreement about their line-up.
The band famous for their elaborate stage make up and costumes, wanted to play with their current line-up , including founders Gene Simmonds and Paul Stanley , which caused friction with retired members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss
The quartet made peace and saluted each other in heartfelt induction speeches
“This is a pivotal moment for all of us, we are all very humbled that the fans gave us the chance to do what we loved doing” Gene Simmons said.
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