The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is usually a bit of a snore. Not so last night. For a start, four badass musicians joined Nirvana to pay tribute to Kurt. Annie Clark (St. Vincent) covered ‘Lithium,’ Lorde did ‘All Apologies,’ Joan Jett performed ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and Kim Gordon took ‘Aneurysm.’ Bad. Ass. But probably the most moving and significant moment was when Courtney Love faced Dave Grohl after over 20 years of one of the most vicious feuds in rock.
Tensions between Love and Nirvana were brewing even while Cobain was still alive, but they escalated into something really ugly after his death in 1994. Lawsuits and venomous public outbursts have characterised relations. In the late 90s Grohl was asked by Howard Stern to name his Courtney Love song and he said, “‘Teenage Whore,’ because I know she wrote it.” Over a decade and various legal tussles later, one of Love’s most recent attacks was to accuse Grohl of hitting on her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. But last night Love and Grohl (and also Krist Novoselic) hugged it out. For Hole and Nirvana fans, it was a pretty sweet moment of rock harmony.
The most magical part of the evening. Thank you Dave, love you. I know this made him smile up there pic.twitter.com/1VPdVKAAbc
— Courtney Love Cobain (@Courtney) April 11, 2014