Dave Grohl suspects they were turned down 'because of how heavy the whole thing is'
Dave Grohl has said that he and the rest of Nirvana reached out to a number of male rock stars to fill in for Kurt Cobain at the band’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony last week, but none of them wanted to do it.
The occasion, which took place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 10, saw four female performers stand in for Cobain: St Vincent, Joan Jett, Kim Gordon and Lorde.
Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl told Rolling Stone that a number of A-list male rock stars were originally in the frame. “Some of them were nervous,” he said. “I think some of them were maybe apprehensive because of how heavy the whole thing is.”
After Joan Jett signed up, the band next approached PJ Harvey. Grohl said: “Kurt loved PJ Harvey… Unfortunately, she couldn’t make it.”
It was at that point, Grohl said, that the idea to use only female singers was hatched. The sequencing of the four women was meant to represent the contribution of each to music chronologically, from Joan Jett’s punk rock to Lorde, who Grohl said has “an incredible future ahead of her as a writer, performer and vocalist.”
He did admit to not having heard of St Vincent, “but now I’m her biggest fan”.