Joan Jett May Front Nirvana at Rock and Roll Hall of FameBy: Kathy Karadza - April 10, 2014
A photograph of three guitars posted by Foo Fighters on Instagram on Tuesday sparked rumors that Joan Jett may perform with the remaining members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gala in New York City Thursday night.
Drummer Dave Grohl incited speculation when a photo was posted on his band’s Instagram page featuring Grohl’s drumkit, Pat Smear’s Stratocaster guitar, Krist Novoselic’s bass, and Jett’s iconic Melody Maker electric guitar.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees typically perform at the gala, and the announcement of Nirvana’s induction begged the question of whether or not a tribute to late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain would also take place. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death.
There was speculation as to whether or not Courtney Love would sing Nirvana songs in place of her late husband, as well as rumors that former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe might perform at the ceremony with Nirvana bandmembers. The photo put those rumors to rest, but Stipe, a friend of Cobain, will be present to induct the group.
Jett, who is 55 years old and best known for her 1981 hit I Love Rock and Roll, was nominated twice, but has never been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jett has played with Grohl in the past, when she performed with the Foo Fighters several times in 2011, and when working with Grohl on her 2013 album Unvarnished.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame gala takes place tonight at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., where the careers of Nirvana and nominees Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, KISS, and Hall and Oates will be celebrated.
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