Nirvana and Kiss Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Less than a week after the 20th anniversary of frontman Kurt Cobain’s death, grunge band Nirvana has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Every year, a handful of performers are inducted into the Hall after a committee of rock and roll historians selects names to be voted on by around 500 experts from around the world. An artist can only be considered for a place in the Hall 25 years after their original release, and this year saw the first ever introduction of managers of rock bands.
Nirvana was inducted by Michael Stipe, he of REM fame. “Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard,” he stated. “Nirvana was kicking against the mainstream. They spoke the truth and a lot of people listened… This is not pop music. This is something much greater than that.”
Courtney Love, Cobain’s widow, hugged bass guitarist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl, saying that she’d had a speech planned, but wasn’t going to use it. “That’s it,” she said, referring to the embrace. “I just wish Kurt was here to do this.”
The surviving members of the band, including live guitarist Pat Smear, performed some of the best known songs by the band. Joan Jett (of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts) fronted for Smells Like Teen Spirit, Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth played Cobain’s role in Aneurysm, Annie Clark (known by her stage name of St Vincent) sang Lithium, and Grammy award-winning singer Lorde performed All Apologies with the rest of the band.
Joining Nirvana, Kiss was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Known for their outrageous face makeup and stage shows, the band were meant to be performing at the ceremony but ended up pulling out because of a disagreement between current and former band members.
“This is a pivotal moment for us,” said Gene Simmons, bass guitarist and co-lead vocalist for Kiss. “We are humbled that the fans gave us the chance to do what we loved doing.”
The first managers to receive the honour of being inducted into the Hall were the late Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, and the talented Andrew Loog Oldham, who helped Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones on their way to fame, but who, unfortunately, declined an invitation to attend the event.
Full list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees 2014:
- Andrew Loog Oldham
- Brian Epstein
- Bruce Springsteen’s The E Street Band
- Daryl Hall and John Oates
- Linda Ronstadt
- Peter Gabriel
- Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens)
Image source: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame official website