Lorde's Nirvana Tribute, Along With Joan Jett, Leads Rock Hall Ceremony

Friday, 11 Apr 2014 05:27 PM

By Ken Mandel

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In a tribute to grunge band Nirvana, musicians ranging from New Zealand-born teen sensation Lorde to classic American rocker Joan Jett participated in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Thursday.

For the first time since frontman Kurt Cobain's April 1994 suicide, surviving Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear performed some of the original songs they made famous together. Jett belted out "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and Lorde closed the set with a version of the "In Utero" track "All Apologies."

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Also, Sonic Youth member Kim Gordon joined the band for "Aneurysm," while alternative musician St. Vincent performed "Lithium."

The event took place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Nirvana was inducted along with Daryl Hall & John Oates, Kiss, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Garbriel, Cat Stevens, and Beatles producer Brian Epstein and former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, who were inducted together.

"Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard," former R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe told the crowd.

Their induction served to end a long-standing feud between Love and Grohl over Cobain's estate and rights to the band's music. The two hugged onstage, with Love saying, "This is my family I'm looking at right now. I just wish Kurt could have been here. Tonight he would have really appreciated it."

The four original members of Kiss publicly ended their various fights, but didn't perform. Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, the two bandmates who still perform, thought the replacements for ex-members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss should play at the ceremony, but their request was refused.

Stanley told CBS News he wasn't happy that the band's induction came 15 years after they first became eligible.

"I see it as dubious," he said. "We are the bitter pill that they ultimately had to swallow. Because they don't like us. And the only reason they're inducting us is because they begin to look foolish at some point for not having us in."

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