Nirvana on Fallon

Tonight, Nirvana will enter the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, possibly performing with Joan Jett filling in for Kurt Cobain. All this week, Jimmy Fallon is welcoming incoming Hall Of Famers to The Tonight Show, and last night, Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were there to sit on Fallon’s couch for an interview. (They also introduced Fallon’s Tom Petty parody with Stevie Nicks.) During the interview segment, they remembered the early moments where Nirvana was first blowing up, discussed recording with Paul McCartney, and talked about how hard it can be to smash guitars. When Fallon has straight-up legends on his show, his interviews tend to devolve into Chris Farley “that was awesome” bits with lots of giggling, and that’s what happened here, but it’s still fun to hear these guys remembering a time before they were canonized legends. Watch the interview below.

The Hall Of Fame induction ceremony is tomorrow tonight at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Comments (5)
  1. this was just sad man..

  2. i guess if i had my favorite band on my talk show, I’d at least TRY to ask a few reasonable questions…

  3. Fallons ‘that was awesome’ charm is exactly why he is such a success. Thought this was a pretty cool bit…they seemed to be subtly reminiscing with a grateful charm, especially on Krists end.

    Reminds me of a story you’ll probably not read, but I must express anyway cuz I’m feelin it this AM….

    I remember a few times where bands blew up right around the time I was able to catch them live, similar to what Dave was talking about in the interview. One of those Holy Shit moments involved, of all bands, The Counting Crows.
    One time, me and couple friends caught them at a small club that was less than half full. The cool thing Duritz’ would do was wander about the club and have a few beers pre-show, which I keenly sniffed out. So, I’d randomly bump into him and chat for awhile which was mostly just me expressing my ‘that was awesome’ charm while shootin the shit about their outstanding debut album, August and Everything After. They were so good on stage that night (you have to remember, early on they were one of the best live bands around). So we traveled their tour route for few more shows, and as we did, the clubs got fuller and fuller with each show until they were quickly starting to sell out. And, during this whole time, there was Duritz wandering the bar, and there I’d be tuggin on his shirt while we exchanged mutual looks like, “Dude, you’re starting to sell out here!” Finally, I remember hitting Northhampton, MA, and it was impossible not to see the transformation. ‘Mr. Jones’ had officially blown up on the charts, and they were off and running. Place was sold out and a line of 75 or so waiting to get in. The entire street was buzzing. Imagine REM and Murmur spiking Athens, or Coldplay and Parachutes catching on in Boston, or Radiohead with their Here is the Future of Alternative Rock moment in Chicago.

    Then, true story, we slogged across the street, moped over a game of pool because we just traveled two hours to find out their popularity was evidently now through the roof and preventing our ability to see them again. So, with drunken beer muscles, I decide to call the club pretending to be a Geffen Records rep, imploring the page to track down any member of the band for me because I needed to relay something ‘very important.’ Sure enough, after a few minutes of ‘no way is this going to work,’ Adam is on the other end of the line. I quickly told him who I really was, not to hang up (creeper alert!) and where we had met over the past week. Wouldn’t ya know it, he got us into the sold out gig. I remember him asking for one request which was for me not to yell in his ear while if we should see each other again. Evidently, in my short ‘interviews’ over beers with him, my excitement would get the better of me and would become a titch excitable. Told us to cut the line and our names would be at the ticket counter with the page.

    Ended up havin another few beers with him (again) after the show, asked him why he never plays Raining in Baltimore, whats up with the hair, and how did it feel to be gaining fame at such a explosive clip. They literally grew into a power band during that one week long stretch run up I-95N. You could see his surprise, his look…like “Finally, I think we are doing it,” and I tried my best not to yell.
    Was a true music fan experience.

  4. Aww! I was at that show where they smashed the drums. Seattle Arena in 93′. They played baseball with the guitar and drums. It was a blast :)

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