Kim Thayil & Krist Novoselic Emotionally Pay Tribute To Bandmates At Nirvana Returns

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Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil attended the Nirvana Returns event on Friday in Seattle. They looked at photos that featured their late bandmates Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell.

arrivelikebutterflies wrote, “Last night, I attended the #NirvanaReturns exhibit reopening party at @mopopseattle. Jacob McMurray and @nirvana‘s Krist Novoselić gave opening remarks. Later, there was a panel with Steve Fisk, @soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Gillian Gaar, producer Jack Endino, photographer Charles Peterson, @subpop founder Bruce Pavitt, Kerri Harrop, & Jacob McMurray. The evening felt like a gathering of old friends as memories of the “Old Seattle” were shared along with incredible photos taken by Peterson over the years. There was a bittersweet feeling, but still plenty of laughs, as memories of Chris Cornell and Soundgarden’s early tours were shared. I learned a lot more about Seattle’s music history and the backstory to some photos I’ve seen before, but can now put into context. Thanks for a great evening, MoPop!”

tvhphotography wrote about Kim Thayil, “I’d so have loved to shake this man’s hand tonight and say #thankyou …!! Alas I had to settle for taking pics from across the room…
#kimthayil #soundgarden #seattle #mopop #nirvanaexhibit #guitarhero 🎸 #music #guitarist.”

SeattlePI reports:

Novoselic opened with a tale of sharing pot with Red Hot Chili Peppers bass player Flea when the two bands were playing in Brazil, but the panelists — who included producer Steve Fisk, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, recording engineer Jack Endino, music writer Gillian Gaar, Sub Pop cofounder Bruce Pavitt, industry “stalwart” Kerry Harrop and photographer Charles Peterson — dug into the lore of the Seattle scene in the late 1980s as they showed some of Peterson’s photos overhead.

One photo of Thayil was an outtake from an early Soundgarden shoot done in Peterson’s Capitol Hill apartment in the late 1980s.

The apartment, near 14th Avenue East and East John Street, was typical of the scene in those days. Peterson and two others lived there for $100 a month each, he said.

“There were literally mushrooms growing in the ceiling in the living room, but it was a great place for people to come by and meet,” he said.

But as important as the cheap, skeezy places for artists to live in those days were places to play, especially after 1985, when Seattle’s teen dance ordinance severely limited the ability of clubs to host all-ages shows.

Last night, I attended the #NirvanaReturns exhibit reopening party at @mopopseattle. Jacob McMurray and @nirvana‘s Krist Novoselić gave opening remarks. Later, there was a panel with Steve Fisk, @soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Gillian Gaar, producer Jack Endino, photographer Charles Peterson, @subpop founder Bruce Pavitt, Kerri Harrop, & Jacob McMurray. The evening felt like a gathering of old friends as memories of the “Old Seattle” were shared along with incredible photos taken by Peterson over the years. There was a bittersweet feeling, but still plenty of laughs, as memories of Chris Cornell and Soundgarden’s early tours were shared. I learned a lot more about Seattle’s music history and the backstory to some photos I’ve seen before, but can now put into context. Thanks for a great evening, MoPop! … #mopop #mopopseattle #empmuseum #nirvana #soundgarden #exhibit #museum #charlespeterson #stevefisk #jackendino #kimthayil #chriscornell #seattle #seattlelife #seattlemusic #seattlemusicscene #pnwmusic #music #discussionpanel #musichistory #brucepavitt #subpop #subpoprecords

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  • Olga Stewart

    It’s ten months today.

    And no, it doesn’t get easier.

    I’m not sure that it ever will.

    • makingconnections

      Yes, Olga, I believe it will get easier. It will always hurt but in time it will not hurt so intensely.

      • Olga Stewart

        Today, I looked at some photos of Chris.

        And I teared up.

        Especially the photos where he was either smiling or laughing.

        A part of me still can’t believe that he is gone.

        • makingconnections

          I understand Olga. We lost a young man last week that we loved and watched grow up. His funeral was yesterday and my husband and I feel so devastated by his loss that we can’t imagine how his parents will manage. They will though, but life will never be the same. A certain carefree aspect is gone that losing him makes us face. Grief is just under the surface for me because of losing my beloved brother so I know what they’ll be going through and I’m so sorry for them.
          Chris Cornell exposed himself through his music and touched us so deeply and the love of a true fan like you is like losing someone really close for you I think. You’ll probably always tear up when you see his because of your deep appreciation and too, something that seems so confusing and unfair about his passing. It’s so hard to let go. I just can’t bear the feeling of people tampering with his very existence and who he was. It upsets me a lot.

          • Olga Stewart

            I am so very sorry to know of the loss of both your brother and of that fellow.

            My deepest sympathies are with you all.

            As for losing people?

            Yes, it does affect me.

            Especially when both our cats and my dad passed away.

            I have cried before and since then. But nothing at all like when I lost the above mentioned ones.

            And I have cried for Chris Cornell, as well.

            Plus, it will take me a long time to come to terms with his passing (just as it did with both of the cats and my dad).

            In fact, on the 29th of this month, it would have been my dad’s 79th birthday.

            So that is going to be a bit of a tough day for me.

            As for those people tampering with Chris’s legacy?

            I don’t wish these people harm. But I also don’t like what they are doing. And I never will.

            The man deserves to rest in peace. Really and truly.

            So I really wish these people would allow him that.

          • makingconnections

            A father that you’re close to is a huge, forever loss. I guess we just have to bear the grief that sometimes seems so hard. It’s gotten easier for me — I still miss my brother so much but I often smile now when I remember him and feel so fortunate to have really “lucked out” when it comes to having such a guy as my my brother.

            I wish they would quit the publicity aspect of Chris but I wish that for them as well as us.

          • makingconnections

            It’s hard to lose pets but I think you are especially close to yours. I have a friend who is a priest and he got into trouble for having a funeral for a parishioner’s cat. People complained. He thought it was completely appropriate, saying that the cat was everything to this woman, all she had in the whole world and deserved a funeral as much as any human being. You can imagine what a wonderful person he is to stand up to the authorities over that.

          • Olga Stewart

            I agree with that priest.

            And I am so very glad that he had the funeral for that particular cat.

            Also, my heart very much goes to that particular woman.

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  • Christina Hurst

    I listen to him everyday. I HATE how it makes me feel. Like..”Why Chris, why?”

    • Olga Stewart

      I have the same thought.

      In fact, I also think the thought of that he should be still here with us.