Krist Novoselic On If Kurt Cobain Would Want Nirvana To Reunite Without Him


Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic discussed the surviving members of Nirvana reuniting to play with Paul McCartney in 2012 and 2013 in a new Rolling Stone interview.

“The last time we recorded anything was that song ‘You Know Your Right,’ that was in 1994.”

“The next time we recorded was 20 years later, and there was this really talented left handed songwriter in the room, I got sentimental, and thought, ‘Oh gee, I’m playing with Paul McCartney though.’ I was saying, ‘Hey, I’ve got a name for the band.’ They were like, ‘What is it?’ ‘It’s gonna be Krist Novoselic with Paul McCartney and Friends.’ They had to pull me aside and say, ‘Krist, you know, Paul is one of the biggest songwriters ever, Dave is selling out these stadiums, I don’t think you should put your name first.’ I was like, ‘Ohhhhh, yeaaaah.’

He would have loved it, he would have been all over it, but it’s all hypothetical, who knows what would have happened? What if John Lennon wasn’t gunned down? The world would be different. We lost these great musicians, they’ve given us so much great music, we can just be grateful for that, and just keep rocking, just keep loving the rock.

Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic discussed Kurt Cobain and Nirvana in a new Rolling Stone interview.

“We were inspired by the Beatles, we just took things from different bands. Sex Pistols, Beatles, Bay City Rollers (laughs), we would joke that we were a boy band.”

“I wish Kurt was still around,” he says. “A whole new generation of listeners are discovering Nirvana and is connecting with Nirvana. It’s always good that we remember Kurt. He lives on.”

“You know Kurt was a cynical bastard,” Novoselic continues. “He could be a vicious critic. You know, I love him, but boy, I don’t know what he’d think of a lot of music today. He wouldn’t hold his punches. Kurt just had so much passion, the way he’d sing and feel about the music. We all had this intensity.”

“We used to practice all the time, just putting songs together, and feeling good about the songs. It just seemed like anything was possible, there was a lot of innocence too. It was like coming of age, like reaching puberty, you have all of this awareness. It was just exciting, just getting to play bass, with Dave on drums, and Kurt singing and playing guitar, it was very exciting.”