Taylor Momsen Speaks On Fronting Nirvana Reunion


Taylor Momsen discussed playing with Soundgarden and Nirvana’s surviving members at the Taylor Hawkins tribute show in two new interviews.

She told Stereoboard, “I’m still kind of reeling from the entire experience, so I will do my best. First and foremost, Dave [Grohl] and the Foos, I can’t express what an incredible job they did putting on that show. The energy in the room was so beautiful and the best way I could imagine of celebrating Taylor’s life. I knew Taylor, I loved Taylor, he would have loved that. Getting to play with Matt [Cameron] and Kim [Thayil] from Soundgarden, who I know very well and love dearly, Krist [Novoselic] I’ve met a few times but he’s now become a real friend, was an absolute honour and it was a wonderful evening.

There was definitely an element of ‘holy shit’ but as soon as I walked out all the other things disappeared because they had this giant Taylor Hawkins hawk illuminated over the audience and, as a performer, you could just stare at that and go ‘This is for you, this is why we’re here’ and it was very grounding and centring. It put everything into perspective. The whole experience was emotional, heavy but beautiful.”

She told NME, “It was an absolute honor to be asked to sing at that,” said Momsen. “I loved Taylor dearly. What an incredible musician and one of the best people I’ve ever met in my life. It was just an extraordinarily moving night. The energy in the room was beautiful. Everyone who was there was there for the right reason; egos were checked at the door. And then, obviously, to play with some of my heroes of music was just unbelievable. I have to mention Dave and the Foos as well; the way they went about the show was so well done and so beautiful. It was a very moving evening, very emotional. I feel like Taylor would have really loved it. Dave did a wonderful job honoring his friend.”