|The front-ladies of Nirvana (L-R):|
Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, St. Vincent, Lorde.
As a very surreal and oddly beautiful surprise, Kurt's widow Courtney Love, his sister Kim Cobain, and their mother Wendy O'Connor were onstage as well. Wendy, in the most moving moment of the night, expressed her gratitude on Kurt's behalf. "I'll probably cry—I'm already crying—because, he'd (sic) been so proud… he'd say he wasn't, but he would be. I just miss him so much, he was such an angel."
What followed next was highly improbable, but it happened. Under a shower of boos and hisses, Courtney Love delivered her speech, which was a ballsy thing to do. After explaining to the bittersweet crowd that Frances Bean Cobain—her and Kurt's daughter—couldn't be there due to illness, Courtney hugged Dave Grohl, who returned the gesture. And Nirvana was officially the power trio of all power trios that belonged to the people.
Bruce Springsteen's The E-Street Band was inducted as well, and they threw a long, wonderful jam.
Cat Stevens and Peter Gabriel performed to celebrate their induction, with Gabriel bringing out surprise guest Youssou N'Dour to perform "In Your Eyes."
Hall & Oates and Linda Ronstadt did not perform due to health issues.
Nirvana performed for the first time in over 20 years (unless you include the McCartney thing, which is kinda legit), with Joan Jett on vocals for "Smells Like Teen Spirit," upcoming singer Lorde for "All Apologies," St. Vincent on "Lithium," and Kim Gordon for "Aneurysm." It was truly the capstone of a wonderful story, made even more so by the gestures of Wendy and dare I say, even Courtney, for all the bullshit was left outside as the Barclays Center of Brooklyn, New York City held an event to remember. I only wish Dave Grohl would have let his awesome vocals rip it on "Spirit" with Chad Channing on drums. Oh well.
As a super bonus, Nirvana played an after party show at Saint Vitus club to 200+ special guests (including producers Jack Endino and Butch Vig). Something tells me it might not be the last…
|Kurt's mother Wendy, giving the short, sweet speech that moved even the toughest crowd.|