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Dave Grohl: “La primera vez que volvimos a tocar las canciones de Nirvana fue como ver un fantasma”

The Inside Story Of Nirvana’s One-Night-Only Reunion

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Rolling Stone ha charlado con Krist Novoselic y Dave Grohl sobre la ceremonia en la que Nirvana pasaron a formar parte del Salón de la Fama del Rock.

El bajista cuenta:

Me enteré que estábamos entre los candidatos casi al mismo tiempo que fuimos nominados para los Grammys (por el tema compuesto junto a Paul McCartney para la banda sonora del documental sobre los estudios Sound City). Me quedé como, “¡Guau!” Pero fue agridulce porque la ceremonia estaba prevista para una semana después del vigésimo aniversario de la muerte de Kurt. Me puse nervioso por ello pero luego pensé, “Bueno, ¿por qué no hacer de esto un gran tributo (a Kurt)?”

El siguiente paso fue coger valor para volver a subirse a las tablas como banda.

No empezamos a hablar de tocar hasta hace unas ocho semanas. Parecía prácticamente imposible. Era difícil de imaginar saltar al escenario y tocar esas canciones. Hace falta algo de preparación musical y mucha preparación emocional.

Cuando se convencieron llegó el momento de decidir quien cantaría con ellos, y explica Grohl que “eso era cosa de encontrar a gente que respetáramos y que compartieran la estética de Nirvana, ya fuese musical o de otro tipo.

Pensaron en un listado de vocalistas masculinos de primera categoría pero ninguno de ellos se atrevió. “Algunos se pusieron nerviosos. Creo que algunos de ellos se mostraban ansiosos por lo gordo que es todo ello,” reconoce el batería.

Quien no se amilanó fue Joan Jett.

Se lo tomó como si fuese su vocación. Se emocionó mucho y me mandó una ráfaga de e-mails. Se aprendió todas las canciones de “Nevermind”. Ella representa todo lo que defendió Nirvana. Es esa fuerza de la naturaleza musical poderosa y rebelde. No se nos ocurría nadie mejor para que se nos uniera.

Su siguiente candidata fue PJ Harvey.

A Kurt le encantaba PJ Harvey. Siempre nos la imaginábamos tocando “Milk It” de “In Utero” con ella. Es una canción retorcida, casi algo que podría haber estado en su disco “Rid Of Me”, que también produjo Steve Albini. Parecía encajar tan bien. Desgraciadamente, no pudo.

Sin embargo, la negativa le dio al batería una idea.

Pensamos, “Espera, tienen que ser todo mujeres”. “No se lo preguntemos a nadie más. Si podemos llenar esas actuaciones del Salón de la Fama del Rock And Roll con estas increíbles mujeres cantando canciones de Nirvana, habremos logrado nuestra revolución”. Además le añadió otra dimensión al espectáculo. Le añadió sustancia y profundidad para que no se convirtiera en un panegírico. Era más sobre el futuro.

A partir de ahí, la cosa fue rodada, recuerda Novoselic.

Dave empezó a soltar nombres. Dijo, “¡Deberíamos coger a Kim Gordon! Y luego alguna promesa… ¡Annie Clark de St. Vincent!” No sabía quien era pero ahora soy su mayor fan. Luego se lo pedimos a Lorde.

A partir de ahí fue momento de empezar a ensayar, cosa que hicieron en los locales de ensayo de Gibson Guitar en Nueva York con la incorporación de Pat Smear. Recuerda Novoselic:

Nos dijimos “Hola” y empezamos con “Lithium”. Como una semana antes cogí un libro de acordes de Nirvana para acordarme de mis partes pero tampoco es que al empezar estuviéramos al nivel. Pero luego empezó a fluir y fue mejorando cada vez más. Y me quedé en plan, “Oh dios mío. Estoy tocando de nuevo estas canciones”.

Grohl también se emocionó.

La primera vez que tocamos juntos fue como ver un fantasma. La segunda vez fue un poco más reservado. Y la última vez que tocamos fue como esa puta escena del torno de cerámica de Demi Moore/Patrick Swayze de “Ghost”. Normalmente sacábamos la canción a la tercera toma. Empezaba a sonar a Nirvana. Nuestro equipo y algunos amigos estaban en el local cuando empezamos con “Scentless Apprentice”. Quedaron boquiabiertos.

Hacía 20 años que no tocaba en esa banda. Escuchar como sonaba “Scentless Apprentice”, para mi le dio legitimidad. Casi había olvidado lo que era estar en una habitación llena de Nirvana. Ese primer día le dio legitimidad. Fue como, “Oh, ¡exacto! Sonábamos así y por eso la gente prestaba atención. Oh, ¡vale! No era simplemente el libro y la película y el “Behind The Music”. Era el sonido en una habitación, así, que hace que la gente diga, “¿Qué cojones?” Fue jodidamente grande. Empezamos con Krist, Pat y yo apañando lo nuestro y luego vino Kim y luego Joan.

Lo cierto es que los años no pasan en balde y volver a tocar los temas hicieron mella en Grohl.

No había tocado esas partes de batería desde que tenía 25. Ahora tengo 45. Tocamos durante 10 putas horas cada día. Tras la primera noche de ensayos, llegué arrastrando a casa, me tomé dos copas de vino, tres Ibuprofeno, me tomé una ducha caliente y dormí 10 putas horas. Eso para mi es un coma porque no duermo nunca.

Y la emoción embargó a Grohl y Novoselic que cuenta:

Dave se emocionó tanto por la música que casi tuvimos que calmarle. Nos decía, “¡Deberíamos hacer un concierto!” Y le dije, “¡Sin duda! ¡Hagámoslo después del show!” Quería traerse a J Mascis de Dinosaur Jr. y John McCauley de Deer Tick. Es un gran fan que tiene una banda de tributo a Nirvaba llamada Deervana.

Uno de los puntos álgidos de la noche fue la paz que firmaron Grohl y Novoselic con la viuda de Cobain, Courtney Love. El frontman de Foo Fighters cuenta:

A principios de la noche le toqué el hombro. Se giró y le dije, “Hey”. Y me dijo, “Hey”. Entonces nos dimos un gran abrazo. Le dije, “¿Como estás?” Y me dijo, “Bien, ¿como estás?” Y le dije, “Todo bien”. Y me dijo, “Hagamos esto. Rockeemos esto hoy”. Y le dije, “Si”. Y eso fue todo.

En el momento de los discursos, Courtney se refirió a todos los que estaban en el escenario como una familia y se abrazó de nuevo con Grohl.

Tiene razón. Somos una familia, sin que importe el qué. Y todos nos queremos, sin que importe nada. Es mucho más grande que un párrafo o una foto. Es real. Así que fue una reunión y estábamos ahí por Kurt. Fue una noche preciosa. Estuvo bien.

Se suponía que la ceremonia tenía que acabar con una jam del “Highway to Hell” de AC/DC con todos los nuevos miembros del Salón pero como que la E Street Band se pasó de tiempo con los discursos no hubo tiempo.

Bromea Grohl que “esperaban que Nirvana nos aprendiéramos esa canción. Ya es suficientemente difícil para Nirvana aprenderse una puta canción de Nirvana.

Para Novoselic también fue un alivio.

Me encantan AC/DC y Bruce Springsteen. Crecí escuchándoles pero no dejábamos de decir, “Tenemos el gran final. ¡Tenemos nuestro gran final!

Y del concierto posterior a la ceremonia, sabemos que fue grabado pero de momento no sueltan prenda de en qué forma veremos el resultado. El bajista explica:

Ni siquiera vi las cámaras. Creo que estaban pegadas al techo. No sé qué hará Dave con ello pero él es el tío de las películas. Algo se le ocurrirá y hará algo bueno.

Y la gran duda que surge tras las buenas sensaciones generales: ¿será esto algo único o volveremos a verles en un escenario en un futuro? Novoselic responde:

Es una buena pregunta. Es decir, están ahí Foo Fighters y Dave tiene otros proyectos por ahí. Y yo tengo algunos compromisos. Pero ahora uno no dice nunca jamás. Lo hicimos. Yo no diré que no. Quizá incluso algún día podamos hacer nueva música.

Por su lado, Grohl reflexiona:

Ni siquiera hemos hablado de ello. Encaramos la noche como algo que quizá nunca más volvería a pasar. Eso es lo que lo hizo tan poderoso y bonito y con tanto significado. Y quizá no vuelva a pasar por eso hicimos lo máximo posible. Y, joder, fue genial.

IN ENGLISH

The thought of entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work in Nirvana barely even entered Dave Grohl’s head until shortly after he walked offstage at last year’s ceremony in Los Angeles after inducting Rush and jamming with them on “2112.”  “I did a quick interview and someone said, ‘Are you excited to be eligible next year?’” Grohl says. “I just hadn’t done the math. Then it hit me. But I couldn’t imagine they would nominate us in our first year of eligibility.”

No Apologies: all 102 Nirvana songs ranked

Groups are eligible to enter the Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single, and Nirvana’s debut release – a cover of “Love Buzz” by Shocking Blue – hit shelves in the final weeks of 1988. “I found out we were on the ballot right around the same time we were nominated for a Grammy [for the Paul McCartney collaboration "Cut Me Some Slack,"] says Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. “I was just like, ‘Wow!’ But it was bittersweet because the ceremony was scheduled for about a week after the 20th anniversary of Kurt’s passing. I got anxious about that, but then I thought, ‘Well, why don’t we just make this a great tribute to him?’”

Most groups inducted into the Hall of Fame perform in one form or another, but the surviving members of the group hadn’t played a Nirvana song in public since Cobain’s death. “We didn’t even start talking about playing until about eight weeks ago,” says Grohl. “It just seemed practically impossible. It was hard to imagine jumping onstage and playing those songs. It takes a little bit of musical preparation, and a lot of emotional preparation.”

See photos from Nirvana’s secret reunion club show in Brooklyn

Once they decided to give it a shot, the obvious next issue became finding guest singers. “That was a matter of finding people that we respected and that shared the Nirvana aesthetic,” says Grohl. “Whether that’s musical or otherwise.” The group reached out to a handful of A-list male rock stars, but none wanted to take on the challenge. “Some of them were nervous,” says Grohl. “I think some of them were maybe apprehensive because of how heavy the whole thing is.”

The first person to agree was Joan Jett. “She took it on like it was her calling,” says Grohl. “She got really excited and sent me this flurry of e-mails. She learned every song on Nevermind. She’s everything that Nirvana stood for. She’s a powerful, rebellious, musical force of nature. We couldn’t think of anyone better to join us.”

After Jett signed on, they reached out to PJ Harvey. “Kurt loved PJ Harvey,” says Grohl. “We had always imagined playing our song ‘Milk It’ from In Utero with her. It’s a twisted song, almost like something that could have been on her record Rid of Me, which was also produced by Steve Albini. It just seemed to pair up so well. Unfortunately, she couldn’t make it.”

But the conversation gave Grohl an incredible idea. “We thought, ‘Wait, it has to be all women,’” he says. “‘Don’t even ask anyone else. If we can fill the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance with these incredible women singing Nirvana songs, then we’ll have achieved our own revolution.’ It also added a whole other dimension to the show. It added substance and depth, so it didn’t turn into a eulogy. It was more about the future.”

Things moved very quickly from there. “Dave just started rattling off names,” says Novoselic. “He was like, ‘We should get Kim Gordon! And then someone up-and-coming…Annie Clark from St. Vincent!’ I didn’t even know who she was, but now I’m her biggest fan. Then we asked Lorde.”

The goal was to present the guest singers in chronological order. “Joan Jett, who formed the Runaways, changed rock & roll for women,” says Grohl. “Kim Gordon, from Sonic Youth, was this beacon of light in the predominantly macho, male underground punk rock scene. St. Vincent is a wicked musician that’s pushing boundaries now. And Lorde has an incredible future ahead of her as a writer, performer and vocalist.”

The group came together with Nirvana’s former touring guitarist (and current Foo Fighter) Pat Smear at Gibson Guitar’s rehearsal space in New York City a few days before the induction ceremony. “We said ‘Hi’ to everyone and launched into ‘Lithium,’” says Novoselic. “I picked up a Nirvana tab book a week before to re-learn my parts, but we weren’t up to speed at first. But then it started to flow and it got better and better. Then it hit me and I got kind of somber. I was like, ‘Oh my God. I’m playing these songs again.’”

It was equally intense for Grohl. “The first time we played together, it was like seeing a ghost,” he says. “The second time, it was a little more reserved. And the last time we played it was like that fucking Demi Moore/Patrick Swayze pottery wheel scene from Ghost. We usually got the song by the third take. It started to sound like Nirvana. Our road crew and some friends were in the room when we launched into ‘Scentless Apprentice’ for the first time. There were jaws on the floor.

“I hadn’t played in that band in 20 years,” he continues. “Hearing what it sounded like when we played ‘Scentless Apprentice’ legitimized it for me. I’d almost forgotten what it was like to be in a room full of Nirvana. That first day back really legitimized it. I was like, ‘Oh, that’s right! We sounded like this, and that’s why people paid attention. Oh, okay! It wasn’t just the book and the movie and the Behind The Music. It was the sound in a room, like this, that makes people go, ‘What the fuck?’ It was pretty fuckin’ great. We began with Krist, [guitarist] Pat [Smear] and I just getting our stuff together, and then Kim came by and then Joan.”

Things lightened up a bit when Novoselic realized the rehearsal hall had a keg of beer for the group. “That beer was so good,” he said. “We really loosened up and after a few hours, we were a well-oiled machine.”

Rehearsals stretched over two very long days. “I haven’t played those drum parts since I was 25,” says Grohl. “I’m 45 now. We played for 10 fucking hours each day. After the first night of rehearsals, I limped home, had two glasses of wine, three Advil, took a hot shower and slept for 10 fucking hours. That’s a coma for me, because I never sleep.”

At some point during rehearsals, the group got the idea of playing an unannounced club show somewhere in Brooklyn after the ceremony. “Dave got so excited about the music,” says Novoselic. “We almost had to calm him down. He was like, ‘We should do a show!’ I was like, ‘Absolutely! Let’s do it after the gig!’ He wanted to bring in J Mascis from Dinosaur Jr. and John McCauley from Deer Tick. He’s such a big fan that he has a Nirvana tribute act called Deervana.”

It’s no secret that Grohl and Courtney Love hadn’t had the best relationship over the past 20 years, and the induction ceremony marked the first time they were even in the same room in a very long time. “Early on in the evening I just tapped her on the shoulder,” says Grohl. “She turned around and I just said, ‘Hey.’ She said, ‘Hey.’ Then we gave each other a big hug. I said, ‘How are you?’ She goes, ‘Good, how are you?’ I said, ‘All right.’ And she said, ‘Let’s do this. Let’s rock this tonight.’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ That was it.”

When it came time to give her speech on behalf of Kurt, Courtney abandoned her prepared remarks and briefly spoke about the fact that everyone on stage was a big family. She wrapped it up by engulfing Grohl in a huge bear hug. “She’s right,” says Grohl. “We’re family, no matter what. And we all love each other, no matter what. It’s a lot bigger than a paragraph or a picture. It’s real. So it was a reunion, and we were there for Kurt. It was a beautiful night. It was good.”

The group’s four-song set of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with Joan Jett, “Aneurysm” with Kim Gordon, “Lithium” with St. Vincent and “All Apologies” with Lorde was the clear highlight of the entire evening. “All my apprehension was unfounded,” says Novoselic. “I was just trying to hit the bass as hard as I could.”

Grohl says the set is just a blur to him right now. “I had my tearful acceptance speech,” he says. “And then I had to run behind the curtain and put on shorts because I can’t play drums in jeans. I’m fumbling with the trophy and trying to get on the drum stool. I knew everyone was waiting for me. I don’t remember much of it, but I know I beat the shit out of the drums. The whole thing was exactly what I hoped it would be. It was a heavy night and we were all very nervous, and we were so relieved when it was over. I mean, it was more than an awards show and a trophy. It was a big deal to us, personally and emotionally.”

The original plan was to end the night with an all-star jam on AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell,” but the E Street Band went long on their speeches and the night had gone past curfew. “They expected Nirvana to learn that song,” says Grohl. “It’s hard enough for Nirvana to learn a fucking Nirvana song.”

For Novoselic, not having to play “Highway To Hell” after Nirvana’s set was a big relief. “I wasn’t into it,” he says. “I love AC/DC and I love Bruce Springsteen. I grew up listening to them. But we kept saying, ‘We have the big finale. We have our finale!’”

The night ended with Lorde’s amazing take on “All Apologies,” but for Nirvana, things were just getting started. As soon as it ended, they drove five miles to Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn for one of the most amazing after-parties in the history of New York City. The lucky few at the tiny bar saw Nirvana play a killer 19-song set with Joan Jett, J Mascis, St. Vincent, John McCauley and Kim Gordon. (Lorde had to fly to California for Coachella.)

The show was a Nirvana fan’s wet dream, featuring everything from “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to “Very Ape” and “Moist Vagina,” the latter a track from the In Utero sessions they’d never previously played live. “Before they opened up the show space, the bar area was so packed, you couldn’t get a drink,” Deer Tick’s John McCauley told Rolling Stone. “You couldn’t take a piss. The show started and the bar area was completely deserted for the whole thing. Everybody was in there watching. It was cool.”

They played nearly until dawn. “It felt like when you’re a kid and you sleep over at a friend’s house and you become part of your friend’s family for the night,” says McCauley.  “Even though they haven’t been a band in 20 years, they felt just like a band to me.”

Cameras were rolling the entire time, but the group refuses to say what’s going to happen to the footage. “I didn’t even see the cameras,” says Novoselic. “I think they were bolted to the ceiling. I don’t know what Dave is going to do with it. But he’s a film guy. He’ll figure it out and make something good.”

So, was this a one-night-only deal, or might Nirvana surface again at some point in the future? “That’s a good question,” says Novoselic. “I mean, there’s Foo Fighters and Dave has some other projects going on. And I have some commitments. But you never say never now. We did it. I sure won’t say no. Maybe we can even do some new music one day.”

Grohl isn’t so sure. “We haven’t even talked about it,” says Grohl. “We looked at that evening as a night that may never happen again. That’s what made it so powerful and beautiful and meaningful. And it may never happen again, so we made the most of it. And it was fucking great.”

Courtney Love: “No puedo componer tedio como Queens Of The Stone Age”

From Despair To Here: Courtney Love Interviewed

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Love explica que la reunión de la formación clásica de Hole surge tras una sesión compositiva no muy fructífera que califico de “tedio Queens Of The Stone Age.

Bueno, te sientas ahí y compones tedio a lo Queens Of The Stone Age durante un mes y simplemente no pasa nada, no pasa nada – no es que Queens Of The Stone Age sean una mierda pero la gente espera mucho más de mi. Josh Homme puede tocar como cuatro notas al bajo y la gente se quita el sombrero pero por la razón que sea yo tengo un listón más alto. Tiene que ser jodidamente bueno. Así que empecé a tocar con Patty (Schemel) y Melissa (Auf Der Maur) y Eric (Erlandson) para ver como era, para ver si sacábamos algo matador.

Para leer la entrevista al completo (en inglés) pasaros por: http://thequietus.com/articles/15019-courtney-love-hole-interview

IN ENGLISH

What is your writing process like now?

CL: Well, you sit and you write like, Queens Of The Stone Age drudge for a month, and it’s just not happening, and it’s not happening – not that Queens Of The Stone Age suck, but people expect a lot more from me. Josh Homme can play like, four notes on his bass and people take off their tops, but I have a higher bar for whatever reason. It has to be just fucking really really good. So, then I started playing with Patty [Schemel] and Melissa [Auf der Maur] and Eric [Erlandson], just to see how that was, if we got anything killer happening.

If you want to read more: http://thequietus.com/articles/15019-courtney-love-hole-interview

Krist Novoselic: “Creo que evocamos el espíritu de Nirvana”

Krist Novoselic: “I feel we conjured the spirit of the band”

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Krist Novoselic ha actualizado su Blogspot con una breve entrada sobre la ceremonia de entrada de Nirvana en el Salón de la Fama del Rock y el posterior concierto íntimo en el Saint Vitus de Nueva York.

Estoy muy feliz sobre el acto del Salón de la Fama del Rock & Roll y lo bien que fue. Fueron tres largos días de ensayos en Nueva York. Tengo la sensación de que evocamos el espíritu de la banda y eso no podíamos haberlo hecho solos. Esto, para mi, da una idea de lo mucho que todos echamos de menos a Kurt. Pero, teniendo en cuenta que íbamos a pasar a formar parte del Salón de la Fama, el espectáculo debía continiar. Joan Jett era la primera en mi lista para estar al frente. Hablé con Dave de ello y a él se le ocurrió lo de que fueran todo mujeres las que estuvieran al frente. Sentimos que sería un buen tributo a Kurt y a lo que era Nirvana.

Fue un buen equilibrio de mujeres siendo Joan Jett y Kim Gordon matriarcas del punk-rock mientras St. Vincent y Lorde representan las poderosas promesas del rock. Cada una de esas actuaciones clavó el tema de Nirvana a su manera. Joan – Smells Like Teem Spirit, Kim – Aneurism, St. Vincent – Lithium and Lorde – All Apologies. ¡Me divertí en la última porque pude tocar el acordeón y todas las invitadas subieron al escenario para el cierre de la gala! Nuestro set será emitido en televisión de alta definición en mayo así que echadle un vistazo.

También hicimos un concierto en un club más tarde que fue divertidísimo. Hablaré de ello pronto pero ¡¡¡gracias a J Mascis y John McCauley por sus grandes contribuciones!!!

Nuestro set “todo féminas” del Salón de la Fama me hizo pensar en clave política (¡fíjate!) En FairVote hemos hecho un informe sobre el estado de la representación de las mujeres. Ya hablaré más de esto, especialmente como en distritos más grandes tienden a poner a más mujeres en puestos importantes, en otro momento. Hasta entonces disfrutad de este corto y entretenido vídeo sobre el estudio narrado por Marie Wilson.

IN ENGLISH

I am so happy about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame event and how it went so well. Earlier that week there were three long days of rehearsals in NYC. I feel we conjured the spirit of the band, and we could not have done that alone. This, for me, is a bittersweet notion as we all miss Kurt so much. But considering we were inducted, the show had to go on. Joan Jett was first on my list to be out front. I spoke to Dave about it and he ran with the idea of having all women lead. We felt that would be a good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.
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It was a good balance of females as Joan Jett and Kim Gordon are matriarchs of Punk Rock, while St. Vincent and Lorde represent the powerful up-and-coming women in Rock. Every one of these performances nailed a Nirvana tune in their own way. Joan – Smells Like Teem Spirit, Kim – Aneurism, St. Vincent – Lithium and Lorde – All Apologies. I had fun on the last song because I got to play accordion and all of our guests were on stage for a gala closing! Our set will be broadcast in high quality television in May so check it out.
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We also did a club gig afterward that was a lot of fun. I will have more on that soon but thank you to J Mascis and John McCauley for your great contributions!!!!
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Our “all female” Hall of Fame set also had me thinking about the political realm (Imagine that!) At FairVote we have done a report regarding the state of women’s representation. I will have more to say about this, especially how at-large districts tend to put more women in office, at another time. Until then, enjoy this short and engaging video about the study narrated by Marie Wilson.

John McCauley habla de su participación en el concierto post-Salón de la Fama de Nirvana

Inside Nirvana’s Secret Post-Rock Hall Show with John McCauley

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El frontman de Deer Tick, John McCauley, ha charlado con Rolling Stone sobre su participación en el concierto de Nirvana (bueno, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic y Pat Smear) posterior a la ceremonia del Salón de la Fama del Rock en un pequeño club neoyorquino.

Aún me cuesta creérmelo. ¿Sabes cuando te despiertas de un sueño y solo recuerdas ciertas imágenes y no sabes lo que te ha pasado o como explicarlo? Fuese tocando canciones de Nirvana o no, siempre he fantaseado con tocar con Dave Grohl a la batería. Es, sin duda, uno de mis favoritos. Estoy emocionadísimo.

McCauley recuerda como conoció al trío de Aberdeen:

Explotaron cuando yo era joven, como cinco o seis años, pero era algo que mi madre escuchaba y que me ponía. Y una vez llegué a la adolescencia y fui un rarito, al que llamaban “marica” o lo que fuese, ahí es cuando conectó conmigo. Era música rabiosa perfecta que en su día conquistó el mundo – fue una banda sonora inspiradora en mis años de adolescencia.

De como le llegó la oportunidad de participar en el concierto:

Recibí un email de Dave personalmente. Pero fue el día antes del April Fool’s Day así que no me emocioné demasiado. Podría haber sido cualquiera con una cuenta de email falsa que me dijera, “Hey, soy Dave Grohl”. Habría sido una buena broma que hacerme. No sé si me la hubiera creído porque pasé dos días con bastante escepticismo. Pero luego recibí un email de su manager. Y luego se hizo real. Y me quedé como, “¡Hostia puta! Esto es raro, tío. Pero hagámoslo’.

Supongo que tenemos un amigo en común que me dijo que Dave era un gran fan de nuestro álbum “Divine Providence”. Y moló saber que sabía que existíamos. Aquello que hicimos de Deervana por lo de “In Utero” logró buena prensa. Y Dave se enteró y supongo que le picó la curiosidad. Y me preguntó si quería tocar en ese concierto de después de la ceremonia del Salón de la Fama. Me dijo, “Será una fiesta pequeña, ruidosa y borracha”. Yo me crezco en esos ambientes. “¡Hagamoslo!”

El concierto no fue su única actuación y es que hubieron ensayos en días anteriores.

Fui a su local de ensayo en el centro. Tocamos unas pocas canciones y fue muy divertido. Yo era al que nadie conocía. Nadie me conocía de antes. Cuando entré, estaban tocando el set con J Mascis. Estaba todo su equipo ahí y yo ahí en la esquina sin hablar con nadie ni nada. Krist estaba en plan, “Oh, me preguntaba quien era ese tío raro de la esquina”. Estaba hecho un saco de nervios cuando entré ahí. Sabía que podía tocar las canciones y cantar bien. Fue simplemente que, “¿Como hablo con esos tíos?” Pero fueron tíos super amables.

Cuando entré oí “Drain You”. Moló. Cuando entré en los Hibson Studios, que supongo solía ser el Hit Factory, toqué el timbre y alguien me dejó entrar. Me dijo, “¿Donde vas?” Y le dije, “Estudio seis”. Y me pregunta, “¿Qué banda?” Y yo, “Uh, Nirvana”. Fue una sensación rara decir eso. Fue maravilloso.

De la actuación en si:

Tuve la sensación a como cuando eres niño y te quedas a dormir en casa de un amigo y te conviertes en parte de la familia de tu amigo por una noche. Pese a no haber estado en una banda en 20 años, a mi me parecieron una banda. Cuando subí al escenario, fue calmado porque tratábamos de aclararnos qué canción hacer y había ‘feedback’ y nosotros gritándonos entre nosotros y Dave dijo, “¡Guau! ¡Esto es como un verdadero concierto de Nirvana!” Y mi banda ha tenido millones de momentos así. Supongo que nuestras bandas son de raza parecida (risas)

Escuchar a Joan Jett en el club fue lo más certero que he oído de toda la noche. Fue bastante increíble. Estuvo maravillosa. Todos lo estuvieron, haciendo lo suyo, pero cierras los ojos y te imaginas que era Kurt y no Joan Jett. Moló. Y los tonos de guitarra y todo. Muy Nirvana.

Pude notar lo emocional que fue para Dave y Krist. Parecían estar realmente felices por hacerlo para honrar a su amigo.

De los rumores de que se podría repetir:

No contaría con ello. No he oído nada sobre eso. No sé se donde sale ese rumor o si tiene algo de verdad. Pero si, no espero hacer esto de nuevo pero si lo hicieran de nuevo y me preguntaran, no creo que me esté permitido decir que no.

Parece que se grabó el concierto:

Tenían algunas cámaras ahí montadas pero no sé quien lo filmó. No firmé ninguna cesión de derechos así que no estoy seguro, quizá no usen mi parte. O quizá emborronen mi cara y distorsionen mi voz como a los criminales en la tele.

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John McCauley is such a big Nirvana fan, his band Deer Tick routinely play covers-only shows as Deervana. So he had a hard time believing it when he got an email from Dave Grohl asking him to play with the surviving members at a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame afterparty at Brooklyn’s 230-capacity Saint Vitus on Thursday night. “It was the day before April Fool’s Day, so I didn’t really get my hopes up,” he says.

But it was true, and McCauley fronted Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear as they ripped through “Serve the Servants” and “Scentless Apprentice” at the gig, which also included singers Joan Jett, J Mascis, St. Vincent’s Annie Clark and Kim Gordon fronting the band. “I’m having a hard time believing it happened,” McCauley says. “Even though they haven’t been a band in 20 years, they felt just like a band to me.”

Michael Stipe Inducts Nirvana into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Congratulations on playing with Nirvana. So far today, I’ve been refusing to believe it happened because I wasn’t there.
I’m having a hard time believing it happened too. You know how you wake up from a dream and can only remember certain images of it you don’t really know what happened or how to explain it?

Is this the peak of your career so far?
Whether it was playing Nirvana songs or not, I’ve always fantasized about playing with Dave Grohl behind the drum set. He’s definitely one of my favorites. I’m just so thrilled about it.

How old were you when you became obsessed with Nirvana?
They had their big breakthrough when I was young, like five or six, but it was something my mother listened to and turned me on to. And once I became a teenager and a weird kid, labeled a “faggot” or whatever, that’s when it really all connected with me. It was perfect angry music that at one time really took over the world –it was an inspirational soundtrack for my teenage years.

Who called you to do this?
I got an email from Dave personally. But it was the day before April Fool’s Day, so I didn’t really get my hopes up. It could have been anybody with a fake email account that says, “Hi I’m Dave Grohl.” That would have been a pretty good prank to pull on me. I don’t know if I would have fallen for it because I was skeptical for a couple days. But then I got an email from their manager. And then it got real legit. And then I was like, “Holy shit! This is weird, man. But let’s do it.”

Dave must have been aware you’re a superfan.

Yeah. I guess I have a mutual friend who has told me that Dave was a big fan of our Divine Providence album. And that was cool to know he was even aware of us. That Deervana thing we did for In Utero got some pretty good press. And Dave found out about it and I guess he was tickled by it. And he asked me if I wanted to play at this afterparty after they got inducted to the Hall of Fame. [He said], “It’s going to be a small, loud, drunk afterparty thing.” I thrive in those environments. “Let’s do it!”

Was there any rehearsal?
Yeah, I went by their rehearsal space in midtown. We ran through a few songs and it was pretty funny. I’m the one guy nobody knew. Nobody had ever met before. When I walked in, they were running over their set with J Mascis. Their whole crew is there and stuff and I’m in the corner not really talking to anybody or anything. Krist is like, “Oh, I was wondering who that weird guy in the corner was.” I was a ball of nerves when I walked in there. I knew I could play the songs and sing fine. It was just, ‘How do I talk to these guys?’. But they were super sweet guys.

What were they playing when you walked in?
I heard “Drain You.” It was cool. When i walked into Hibson Studios, which I guess used to be the Hit Factory, I rang the buzzer and somebody let me in. He said, “Where you going?” I said “Studio Six.”

“What band?”

“Uh, Nirvana.” It felt weird leaving my mouth. It was awesome.

What is it like to play onstage with Krist and Dave and Pat? 

It felt like when you’re a kid and you sleep over at a friend’s house and you become part of your friend’s family for the night. Even though they haven’t been a band in 20 years, they felt just like a band to me. When I got up onstage, it was a lull, because we were trying to figure out what song to do next and there was just feedback and us yelling at each other and Dave was like, “Wow this is like a real Nirvana show!” And my band has had a million moments like that onstage. I guess our bands are just of a similar breed, I guess [laughs].

Was there a moment onstage where it felt like Nirvana?
Hearing Joan Jett at the club was the most spot-on thing that I’ve heard from the whole night. It was pretty amazing. She was awesome. Everyone else was awesome too, doing their own thing, but you could close your eyes and kind of imagine that it was Kurt and not Joan Jett. It was cool. And the guitar tones and everything. Very Nirvana.

Did you feel the spirit of Kurt in that room with those guys playing?

It was so hard for me to imagine. It’s somebody that I’ve never met, but I could definitely feel how emotional Dave and Krist especially were. It seemed like they were really happy to be doing it to honor their friend.

What was the feeling like in the club? Were people going nuts?
Yeah. It was great. Before they opened up the show space, the bar area was so packed, you couldn’t get a drink. You couldn’t take a piss. The show started and the bar area was completely deserted for the whole thing. Everybody was in there watching. It was cool.

Do you see this happening again? Would you want to go on tour with those guys?
I wouldn’t count on it. I haven’t heard anything about that. I don’t know where that rumor started or if there’s any truth to it. But yeah, I don’t expect to do this again, but if they were to do it again and asked me, I don’t think I’m allowed to say no.

How late did last night go?
I don’t think I got home till 6 a.m. or something. It was supposed to be done at 4 but I don’t think I walked out of there until like 5:30.

I heard there were cameras. When will we see this?
They had some cameras set up at the afterparty thing but I don’t know who filmed it. I didn’t sign any release forms, so I’m not sure, maybe they won’t use my portion.

Maybe they’ll blur your face out.
That would be funny. Disguise my voice like ex-criminals on TV.

 

Krist Novoselic y Dave Grohl estuvieron en el programa de Jimmy Fallon

Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon



Fueron entrevistados y además presentaron la actuación de Stevie Nicks junto a Jimmy Fallon recreando “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”

IN ENGLISH

They were interviewed and also presented the performance of Stevie Nicks with Jimmy Fallon recreating “Stop Draggin ‘My Heart Around”

Entrevista a Kim Thayil por Songfacts

Interview to Kim Thayil by Songfacts

Kim Thayil of Soundgarden

Sacado de // From –> http://www.songfacts.com

Greg Prato (Songfacts): ¿Cómo encaras el hacer canciones exactamente?

Kim Thayil: varía canción a canción. Hemos escrito canciones de muy diferentes maneras, con combinaciones distintas para nosotros cuatro. A veces todos participan colectivamente, o quizás dos o tres, o por ejemplo otra veces es solo una persona la que escribe.

Desde que todo el mundo en la banda compone con la guitarra, ser el guitarrista principal me ha llevado a aprender a tocar la guitarra con el estilo de nuestro batería, quien escribe las canciones con la guitarra, con el de nuestro bajo quien también escribe las canciones con su guitarra, y el de nuestro cantante / guitarrista, que también hace lo mismo.

Así que es seguro decir que se comienza con el riff. Se comienza con un riff de guitarra y trabajamos las voces a su alrededor. Chris, al menos en algunas ocasiones, empieza todo con una melodía vocal y construye la canción alrededor de la melodía vocal, pero eso es poco común e incluso grandes programas para creación de música con voz no hacen eso. Tal vez algunos compañeros que tocan el piano construyen música alrededor de la melodía vocal, pero Paul Simon, por ejemplo, comienza con un riff  la canción. The Beatles – Lennon, McCartney – todos iniciaban propablemente sus canciones con un riff y luego construyeron la letra a su alrededor.

Si queréis leer más, en inglés, pasaros por –> http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/kim_thayil_of_soundgarden/

IN ENGLISH

Greg Prato (Songfacts): How exactly do you approach songwriting?

Kim Thayil: It varies from song to song. We’ve written songs in so many different ways, with different combinations of the four of us. Sometimes everybody would partner collectively, or maybe two or three guys, or complete authorship where one guy writes everything.

Since everyone in the band writes on guitar, being the lead guitarist I have to learn to play guitar in the style of our drummer, who writes songs on guitar, and our bass player who writes his songs on guitar, and our singer/guitarist who writes songs on guitar.

So it’s safe to say they start with the riff. They start with a guitar riff and we work the vocals around it. Chris, at least on a few occasions, started with a vocal melody and built the song around the vocal melody, but that’s unusual and even great vocal songsmiths don’t do that. Maybe some piano guys do that where they build the chords around the vocal melody, but Paul Simon, for instance, starts with a song riff. The Beatles – Lennon, McCartney – those guys probably started the music in a riff and then built the lyric around it.

For more –> http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/kim_thayil_of_soundgarden/

Soundgarden y Guitar Center sobre el 20º aniversario de “Superunknown”

Soundgarden At Guitar Center (20 year anniversary of“Superunknown”)

Courtney Love ve bien un posible musical sobre Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain musical is ‘very likely’ to happen, says Courtney Love

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Sacado de // From –> http://www.nme.comhttp://portalternativo.com/

Imaginamos que la cuenta corriente de Courtney Love debe andar bajo mínimos ya que según ha reconocido al New Musical Express no descarta hacer un musical dedicado al que fuese su marido, Kurt Cobain.

Tras ser inundada por toneladas de mensajes y posts en redes sociales de fans de Nirvana presionando para que se haga realidad un musical, tanto Frances como yo hemos pensado largo y tendido que, si logramos tirar a lo más alto y elegimos un equipo de guionistas, productores y directores de lo mejor y más respetado, entonces es muy probable que se haga un musical de Broadway.

Tendría que haber una historia, una gran historia, una que no se haya contado antes. Dedicaría incontables horas con un equipo de primera para crear un proyecto que reflejara a Kurt del modo más honesto posible, de modo que su historia, su música y su legado pueda resucitar en el escenario no solo para que el mundo lo vea sino aún más importante, que lo vea nuestra hija. Sé que el espíritu de su padre estará en ese escenario y estar en ese escenario con ella será la experiencia más emocional de nuestras vidas.

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Courtney Love has claimed that she will stage a Kurt Cobain-themed musical if she can get the right people involved.

Love speaks as part of NME‘s tribute to Kurt Cobain on the 20th anniversary of the Nirvana frontman’s death, on newsstands and available digitally from tomorrow (April 2).

In the piece, Love opens up about the anniversary and reveals ambitious plans for her late husband’s legacy, including a biopic, documentary and play. Love states that it has been fans’ reactions to the possibility of a stage production involving Cobain’s story which has made it now “very likely” to happen.

“After being swarmed by tons of Nirvana fanmail and social media posts pushing for a musical to become a reality, both Frances [Bean Cobain, Kurt and Courtney's daughter] and I have thought long and hard and agreed that if we can reach up to the highest shelf and select a team of the greatest and most respected writers, producers and directors, then a Broadway musical is very likely to happen,” says Love.

She continues: “There would have to be a story, and a great story, one that hasn’t been told before. I would devote countless hours with an A-team to create a project that reflects Kurt in the most respectful but honest way possible, so that his story, his music and his legacy can be resurrected on stage for not only the world to see, but more importantly for our daughter to see. I know her father’s spirit will be on that stage, and sitting in that theatre with her will be the most emotional experience of our lives.”

Elsewhere in the issue, musicians who recorded Cobain’s favourite albums (including members of Pixies, Wipers, Gang Of Four, The Vaselines and The Slits) celebrate his legacy.

Jerry Cantrell quiere colaborar de nuevo con Chris Cornell

Jerry Cantrell says he wants to collaborate again with Chris Cornell

Sacado de // From –> http://www.alternativenation.net/?p=44087

Jerry Cantrell de Alice In Chains fue entrevistado en la última edición de Mohr Stories con el comediante Jay Mohr. Jerry reveló que su madre solía llamarle JerBear (mezcla entre Jerry y cerveza, un juego de palabras) cuando era un niño. También reveló que le gustaría trabajar con Chris Cornell de nuevo. Los dos no han grabado juntos desde “Right Turn” en Sap en 1992.

Mohr sugirió que Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains y Mudhoney  deberían hacer un concierto juntos. Cantrell dijo: “Sería un buen espectáculo.” Cantrell también reveló que Alice In Chains rechazó el MTV Unplugged dos veces antes de hacerlo. Dijo que estaba contento de hacerlo cuando lo hicieron porque tenían una gran cantidad de material para tocar.

Cantrell también habló sobre los planes de gira de otoño de AIC, “Estamos planeando algo especial en otoño que podría implicar acústicos de nuevo.” También dijo que el concierto de Guns N ‘Roses en el LA Forum y el concierto de Jane’s Addiction en la Paramount de Seattle fueron dos de los mejores conciertos a los que ha asistido.

IN ENGLISH

Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell was interviewed on the latest edition of Mohr Stories with comedian Jay Mohr. Jerry revealed that his mother used to call him JerBear as a child. He also revealed that he’d like to work with Chris Cornell again. The two haven’t recorded together since “Right Turn” off of Sap in 1992.

Mohr suggested that Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, and Mudhoney do a show together. Cantrell said: “It would be a good show.” Cantrell also revealed that Alice In Chains turned down MTV Unplugged two times before finally doing it. He said he was happy they did it when they did it because they had a lot of material to play.

Cantrell also discussed AIC’s fall touring plans, “We’re planning something special in the fall that might involve [acoustic] again.” He also said that Guns N’ Roses at the LA Forum and Jane’s Addiction at the Paramount in Seattle were two of the best shows he ever attended.

Walking Papers: Jeff Angell entrevistado en el Soundwave Festival 2014

Walking Papers: Jeff Angell Interviewed at Soundwave Festival 2014

The AU review se sientan en el backstage con Jeff Angell de Walking Papers (Seattle) en el festival Soundwave 2014 para hablar de su gira debut debut, su música y mucho más …

Filmado en el lugar del festival Soundwave en Sydney, el 23 de febrero de 2014.

Cámaras / Edición: Nathan Atkins
Entrevista: Larry Heath
Productor / Sonido: Chris Singh

IN ENGLISH

the AU review sits backstage with Jeff Angell from Seattle’s Walking Papers at the Sydney leg of the Soundwave Festival 2014 to talk about their debut Australian tour, their music and much more…

Filmed on site at Soundwave Festival in Sydney, 23rd February 2014.

Cameras/Edit: Nathan Atkins
Interview: Larry Heath
Producer/Sound: Chris Singh