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‘Nirvana’ Rock Hall Performances: Historic or Sacrilegious? – Readers Poll

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has inducted Nirvana, and the surviving members of the band marked the occasion by strapping on their instruments and rocking with a contingent of female frontwomen at the induction ceremony in Brooklyn, N.Y. But did Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic taint the history at all by bringing out Joan Jett, Sonic Youth‘s Kim Gordon, St. Vincent‘s Annie Clark and Lorde to play with them? Following the Rock Hall ceremony, the surviving members also performed a secret club show with three of the four aforementioned female singers, as well as Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis and Deer Tick vocalist John McCauley.

On one hand, there was a cool factor involved with the fact that surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic have been reticent to perform any of their band’s material in the 20 years since Kurt Cobain‘s death and finally seeing them embrace that music again was moving. And making the decision to utilize a group of female singers for the Rock Hall ceremony was probably the best way to avoid any comparisons or criticisms that would ultimately come from having a male front their performance. In short, it was the farthest away from what anyone would expect from the surviving members of Nirvana for their Rock Hall performance and yet was somewhat fitting.

But on the other hand, there are those that could argue that the band’s legacy should have stood as is. Even though Grohl, Novoselic and touring Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear have collaborated in Foo Fighters and played with Paul McCartney, they’ve always steered clear of Nirvana material out of respect for what had been done previously. As great as they all are as musicians, there’s no denying that Kurt Cobain was the heart and soul of Nirvana. Yes, the Rock Hall induction was a special night, but was it special enough to have broken their bond to not play the music? And if so, did they do an injustice to their past by having other vocalists tackle Kurt Cobain’s vocals?

You tell us! Vote in this Readers Poll as to whether the ‘Nirvana’ Rock Hall Performances were historic or sacrilegious.

Previous Readers Poll: David Letterman's Rocker Replacement

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