By Kevin Rutherford
It’s been a celebration of classic rock this week on The Tonight Show, and it continued with a visit from surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic Wednesday night (April 9).
The duo, who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight (April 10) as part of Nirvana, first appeared to introduce Stevie Nicks as she sang her Tom Petty collaboration “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” Was Petty there? Nah. But since it’s Jimmy Fallon’s show, he was on hand as a formidable replacement, donning a blonde wig and a black guitar while doing his best impression of the lead Heartbreaker for the performance, which was naturally shot through a vintage filter for the broadcast.
Once Grohl and Novoselic sat down to discuss the whirlwind week they’ve been having, no time was wasted mentioning their fallen frontman, Kurt Cobain.
“It’s exciting,” bassist Novoselic said of the Rock Hall induction. “It’s also bittersweet, too, because our friend Kurt’s been gone for 20 years. So it’s a good way to remember him. He should be here,” he added, pointing at the couches on which they sat.
Both went on to talk about the band’s history, reminiscing about the time when, according to Novoselic, it was hard to even find the band’s breakthrough album Nevermind, and as Grohl pointed out, the first tour behind that album had the trio still in a van pulling up to low-capacity shows despite having a Gold-certified record.
The duo also riffed on playing with Paul McCartney for Grohl’s Sound City: Real to Reel soundtrack and Cobain’s penchant for smashing his guitars after performances, including messing with Grohl’s own drum kit to the point that they decided to “splinter” it after one show in particular so he could get a new set.
Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight at the Barclays Center in New York. Radio.com will be covering the ceremony; look for full coverage tomorrow. A TV broadcast will be available on HBO on May 31. Grohl and Novoselic are rumored to be performing with Joan Jett at the ceremony.