What inspired you to text Dave about doing a
Nirvana reunion in the first place?
“Well, I thought that since we were all going to be there, we might do a song or three, maybe with John [McCauley]. And then, of course, Joan [Jett] was also around, so we thought, ‘Let’s just get on and do it!’ It was Dave’s idea to try to make it work properly, so we rehearsed a few times to make sure it would be okay. And it was. It reminded me that Dave is just such a powerful drummer, as well.”
It’s the second time you’ve done something like
this since Kurt’s passing. How do you feel about commemorating Nirvana’s legacy these days?
“It’s bittersweet, because somebody was missing up there. That’s why during the set – during most of which I was standing very close to Dave like some sort of security blanket – I walked up to the mic and said, ‘Let’s have a cheer for Kurt Cobain!’ I felt we had to say something about the situation. I don’t know if we’ll ever do something like this again, but it felt really good to do it. Personally, it was great to play with those guys again, and to play those songs.”
Your dedication to Kurt came straight after
Smells Like Teen Spirit, and it was very moving.
“Thanks. I wondered what the audience were thinking. We could have left it to them to say something, but I felt it had to come from us, so that’s why I did it.”
What made you decide to ask John to sing
those songs in the first place, and what did he
bring to them?
“He has [Nirvana tribute act] Deervana going and he was in the proximity so, not to make light of it, but he was just there. It was that simple. But he’s great, and the way he delivers those songs, he manages to hit the sweet spot and sing them appropriately. That’s difficult to do, because those are such big shoes to fill.”
What made you decide to ask Joan Jett to help
“It popped into my head because I’ve loved her my whole life. She’s a total icon to me. She also has that punk credibility, and she’s known Pat [Smear] for forever because she produced the Germs album [1979’s (GI)], so there’s all sorts of connections between us and her. It just made sense to me.”
Pat and her are very much part
of that late ‘70s LA punk scene
that you love.
“They really are. It’s that real gritty rock scene that was pretty special and contributed a lot to music.”