Nirvana Approached Handful of Male Rock Stars and PJ Harvey for Hall of Fame Reunion

Dave Grohl suspects they were turned down 'because of how heavy the whole thing is.'

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Dave Grohl has said that he and the rest of Nirvana reached out to a number of male rock stars to fill in for Kurt Cobain at the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last week, but none of them wanted to do it.

As NME notes, the occasion, which took place at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on April 10, saw four female performers stand in for Cobain: St. Vincent, Joan Jett, Kim Gordon and Lorde.

Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman told Rolling Stone that a number of A-list male rock stars were originally in the frame. "Some of them were nervous," he said. "I think some of them were maybe apprehensive because of how heavy the whole thing is."

After Joan Jett signed up, the band next approached PJ Harvey. Grohl said: "Kurt loved PJ Harvey ... Unfortunately, she couldn't make it."

It was at that point, Grohl said, that the idea to use only female singers was hatched. The sequencing of the four women was meant to represent the contribution of each to music chronologically, from Joan Jett's punk rock to Lorde, who Grohl said has "an incredible future ahead of her as a writer, performer and vocalist."

He did admit to not having heard of St. Vincent, "but now I'm her biggest fan."

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    Irony is the entire original lineup of KISS still being alive and refusing to play, and on the same night Nirvana plays without whom we all associate with to Nirvana and the sole reason why they broke up after the death of Kurt Cobain. The RRHOF is a true test of egos. Asshole Rose and Kiss totally failed, and the surviving members of Nirvana get an A+++++
    Curious as to which male performers were possibilities
    "He did admit to not having heard of St. Vincent, "but now I'm her biggest fan." " Actually, in the orginal article it was Krist who said that he had never heard of St. Vincent, not Dave.
    Irwin Navarro
    I hope they do a post RNRHOF "Nirvana reunion"/Kurt Cobain tribute...They should get the guy from Seether to fill in!!
    Shaun ****ing Morgan?! Seether's frontman?? He would of been PERFECT