Nirvana Reunion Criticized By Los Angeles Times: ‘Kurt Would Have Cringed’

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Nirvana reunited on Saturday to headline the Cal Jam festival in San Bernardino, CA, and while fans raved over how great the show was, the Los Angeles Times had some criticism for the Grunge legends.

And yet it was easy to feel squeamish about the circumstances. “In Utero” was basically Cobain’s howl of misery from his unwanted position in the rock-star vortex, and here they’d become high-five fodder at an event built around the conviction that rock will never die.

Ditto “In Bloom,” the third tune McCauley sang (and sang well), in which the narrator looks askance at those singing along to “all our pretty songs.”

Artists don’t get to choose their audiences, or their legacies. But Cobain would almost certainly have cringed had he been able to envision a scene even as well-meaning as this one.

The Los Angeles Times did say they managed to really capture the sound of the original incarnation of the band, but that there were ‘suspicions’ from Kurt Cobain’s grave.

The music was warm and enveloping — a peaceful finish to a night full of happy memories. But the words carried Cobain’s suspicions from the grave as they rang out over Cal Jam.

“I wish I was like you,” Jett sang. “Easily amused.”

  • mbear

    Yeah, I don’t know how I really feel about these guys reuniting in particular. It just doesn’t feel right with the primary song writer not involved for obvious reasons.

    By the way, I asked this on another story, but is anyone having issues getting on this site from outside the US? There is a firewall blocking access from everywhere except the US and Canada it seems.

    • Anonymous501

      I don’t think it’d be right if they toured it. The surviving members doing a one off for half a dozen songs to celebrate their old band…. why not…

    • Corndog

      I’m in Ireland. I haven’t had any access issues.

    • Kooler Than Jesus

      I had the same firewall blocking access problem (I’m from Spain), and I used some european proxies and I couldn’t access the site either, only with a US proxy.

      Right now I’ve been finally able to access the site without a proxy.

      • Corndog

        I’m in Ireland and I haven’t had any issues at all. Weird. I wonder what’s going on?

        • mbear

          I’m in Peru. I have to use a VPN to get through. I dunno what happened. Maybe they renewed the site to new terms or new default settings. If they could open it up though, that would be nice. By the message that comes up when blocked, it looks like they definitely have to capability to open it to everyone

          • Corndog

            The only thing I can suggest is to email Brett (site owner) and detail the issue providing any error messages you’re getting so he can have his technical guys take a look. I hope you get it sorted:)

  • Stone Gossardish

    Those are cover bands. It’s not actually Nirvana just like it wasn’t after the RRHoF at the club show. No big deal. Nirvana was a very long time ago now.

    • mbear

      I agree in many respects.

      • Stone Gossardish

        Time heals the wounds that no one can see, as EV once said. Nothing will heal this would left by Kurt, but it’s been long enough that its far apart enough to be okay with some cover action from time to time.

        If they book a festival run next summer, that might be a bit stickier, but $ is $

  • Raj

    The LA times can’t predict if Cobain would have found this cringe worthy or not. They make a lot of assumptions especially if Kurt lived he would be thinking the same way. A lot of the 90s bands went on long hiatus and came back to reunite. This isn’t a money grab by other members really just preserving his legacy.

  • Michael Cunningham

    Kurt is dead .. and Nirvana died with him
    “Milk It’ indeed lol ….