In what was supposed to be the “best kept music secret of 2008,” an official press release leaked earlier this morning, reporting that Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo would join Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic for a Nirvana reunion at this month’s Coachella Music Festival (Indio, CA), as well as a headlining slot at this summer’s annual Lollapalooza Music Festival (Chicago, IL).
(left to right: Cuomo, Novoselic, and Grohl will play as Nirvana at this year’s Coachella and Lollapalooza)
For anyone familiar with Weezer’s enigmatic frontman, it is widely known that Cuomo cites Kurt Cobain as being one of his major song writing inspirations. Besides various live-bootlegs of Weezer performing Nirvana cover songs, Cuomo also changed the lyrics of an early Weezer tune, as to not disrespect the late Cobain. In the song “Susanne” (written about the band’s A&R assistant) Cuomo originally penned the lyrics, “Even Kurt Cobain and Axl Rose/When I call you put ’em all on hold.” After the shocking news of Cobain’s death (1994), Cuomo changed the lyrics to, “Even Izzy, Slash, and Axl Rose…”
Apparently the idea of resurrecting Nirvana came about when Cuomo and Grohl joked about it backstage, during the 2005 Foo Fighters/Weezer Tour. Last summer, Cuomo, Grohl, and Novoselic met at a practice space in Seattle, WA, and began going through the Nirvana catalog (hits, rarities, and b-sides alike). The sessions went so well, the three decided to debut the latest incarnation of Nirvana at 2008’s Coachella Music Festival (with the stipulation that the promoters keep it a “secret”).
The placement of Cuomo as the frontman of Nirvana seems to be a fitting tribute–not only is he a devote admirer of Cobain, but he also possesses the talent of screaming on tune, is quite familiar with the band’s material, and graduated from the school of early 90’s alternative rock (and of course, we all know who the valedictorian of that prestigious class was).
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