The long-awaited Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the 90’s formative grunge-of-all-grunge bands, Nirvana, will be held this Thursday, April 10, and rumors have leaked that the frontwoman for the Blackhearts, the iconically tough, America’s favorite black-eye-liner sweetheart, Joan Jett, will be carrying Cobain’s torch as at least one of the band’s lead vocalist.
Suspicions started to simmer when the drummer for Nirvana, Dave Grohl, added a fairly insinuating photo to the Instagram page of the Foo Fighters’. In the photo, Krist Novoselic’s bass, Pat Smear’s Fender Stratocaster, Grohl’s drum kit, and what looks like an identical twin to Miss Jett’s characteristically stickered-up Gibson Melody Maker are all snuggly arranged for the photograph. Original bandmate Chad Channing was not represented in the instrumental line up. Should the photo be interpreted as a publicity stint? Or did the rockers need to step away from a late night jam to arm wrestle? Bake brownies? They probably had to go bake brownies.
If speculations are correct, Jett will take the spot rumored to belong to R.E.M. frontman, Michael Stipe. He was a close friend of Cobain’s when they were in the music scene together, and whether or not he will sing in Cobain’s stead, Stipe is still slated to preside over the band’s induction.
Apparently, the Rock Hall has not yet released which surviving members of the band will be performing, although Novoselic recently tweeted that he had been “practicing.” Event planners also kept their lips tight about whether or not Grohl was going to perform with Rush for their induction last year, but as suspected, he did. It is hard to imagine Grohl would make an appearance for Rush and not the band which launched him into his life-long career.
If Jett stands in with Nirvana for the induction, it will not be the first time her and Grohl will have collaborated together musically. Some may say they are dear ol’ pals. In 2013, Grohl accompanied her on a track on the singer’s Unvarnished album, helping to co-write Any Weather. At last November’s American Music Awards the two chummily presented an award together. The same year the female rockstar was sure to make an appearance at Grohl’s Sound City premiere, and in 2011 she joined the Foo Fighters onstage for a rockin’ romp at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Even if Jett only stands-in for a song or two, it seems it will be a happy reunion for the pair, but it may be intended for the leather-lady-of-rock to share the proverbial stage. Grohl has suspicious ways but also many friends in the industry and chances are he may be stewing up a musical ensemble even more unexpected. Recently, the No.1 drummer in alternative music has been caught tearing it up with the Rolling Stones, Queens of the Stone Age, Zac Brown Band, and Jack Black. Also, Sir Paul McCartney has not ever been shy about making appearances at Grohl’s gigs either. In any case, the stage should be an exciting celebration at the Rock Hall of Fame tomorrow night.
The induction ceremony will take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, airing May 31 on HBO. Rumors of Joan Jett lovin’ up the rock ‘n roll stage as Nirvana’s stand-in are yet to be confirmed. Of course, Nirvana is pitched to lead the Rock Hall’s class of 2014, but other talents being inducted this year include Daryl Hall and John Oates, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, The E Street Band, and KISS.
Opinion by Stacy Feder