2014年的摇滚名人堂颁奖礼上，压轴出场的是涅磐乐队，不知道应该说他们终于跨过了入主名人堂需要的25年期限，还是说他们一不小心就跨过了这个期限，贝斯手Krist Novoselic胖了也秃了，鼓手Dave Grol胖了也不打鼓了，第二吉他手Pat Smear胖了头发也白了，唯有死者永远27岁。这也许是今年最深刻最感伤的颁奖，也是最热烈最激情四射的颁奖，那些自柯本死后就绝迹江湖的经典歌曲终于在颁奖仪式后的演出中重现，站在柯本位置上的是几个女人，还记得那句经典的歌词？“从没见过一个聪明的男人，如果有，那就是个女人” 对于这个安排，我想在天堂里的那个聪明的男人也会会心一笑。
2014 摇滚名人堂 涅磐
Michael Stipe(R.E.M. 主唱):
涅磐抓住了“瓶中的闪电”。现在我要使用网络上的城市辞典，找到“瓶中的闪电”的定义是“抓住力量强大又难以捉摸的某种东西，有能力hold住它然后向世界展示它”。Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic和Dave Grol组成了涅磐，他们的那一个符合这个定义的瞬间的效力和力量，对于我们来说不可磨灭。
就像我自己的乐队R.E.M.涅磐来自一个最不可能的地方，不是一个像伦敦、旧金山、洛杉矶、或者纽约、布鲁克林一样的文化城市中心，而是来自太平洋西北海岸的华盛顿阿伯丁，一个坐落于西雅图周边，大部分是蓝领工人的城镇。Krist Novoselic说：“涅磐来自80年代的美国硬核环境中” 那是真正的地下，它是朋克摇滚，但是许多乐队和音乐风格包括其中。
只有很少的艺人能错误地又完全正确地理解彼此。涅磐，我很荣幸地请Krist Novoselic和Dave Grol上台。
Dave Grol(涅磐鼓手，Foo Fighter乐队主唱)：
非常感谢。我是涅磐中安静的那一个，我是鼓手，但是你们中的大多数人不知道我是涅磐的第5个鼓手。出于无论什么原因，我是这个世界上最幸运的人。我必须要感谢我之前的每一个鼓手(Chad Channing等一串名字)Chad Channing是涅磐的前鼓手之一，猜猜Chad是干嘛的？当你听”in bloom”这些歌的时候，那个“bang bang bang bang…”(in bloom开头的鼓声)那是Chad。
我们来自地下朋克摇滚的环境中，那里没有什么奖项、庆典、奖杯。全部内容就是真正地做这件事，奖励是把音乐做好然后分享给这个音乐圈子，帮助其它乐手和启发人们。我很幸运地在华盛顿的朋克摇滚氛围中长大，在其中我被这一群令人吃惊的人们所鼓舞，人数多到无法列举。我非常幸运当我们开始的时候，我们一点也不懂做生意。我们在一辆该死的货车里，用卖T恤赚来的前买玉米热狗。我们非常幸运地遇到了一个叫John Silva的经理人和一个叫Lee Johnson的会计，我也很高兴的告诉你们，25年来我和这两个人没有分开过。(列举一系列人)名单太长，我怕我忘记了他们中的大多数。
Wendy O’Connor(Kurt Cobain的母亲)：
Courtney Love(Kurt Cobain妻子 Hole乐队主唱)：
2014 Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame – Nirvana
Good evening, I’m Michael Stipe, I’m here to induct Nirvana into the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame. When an artist offers an idea, a perspective that help us all to see who we are, It wakes us up and It pushes us forward towards our connective and individual potential. It makes us, each of us able to see who we are more clearly. It’s progression and progressive movement. It’s the future starring us down in the prozone and say “come on, let’s get on with them” here we are now.
And purposely use the word “Artist” other than “Musician”, because the band Nirvana are artists in every sense of the word. It is the highest calling for an artist, as well as the greatest possible privilege. To capture a moment to find the guist to expose our struggles, our desperations, our desires. To embrace and to find their time. That is my definition of an artist.
Nirvana capture “lightning in a bottle”. Now I’ll call Urban dictionary off the internet to find the define of “lightning in a bottle” as “capturing something powerful and elusive and then being able to hold it and show it to the world.” Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grol were Nirvana. The potency and power of their defining moment has become for us indeleble.
Like my band R.E.M. Nirvana came from a most unlikely place, not a cultural city center like London, San Francisco, Los angeles or even New York or Brooklyn, but from Aberdeen Washington in the pacific Northwest, a largely blue coller town just outside of Seattle. Krist Novoselic said”Nirvana come out the American hard-core scene of the 1980’s.” This was a true Underground, It was Punk Rock but many bands and music styles were colatic.
We were a product of a community of youth looking for connection away from the main stream. Dave Grol said”We were drop outs, making minimun wage, listening to vino, imitating our heros, Getting high, Sleeping in Vans, never expecting the world to notice.”
Solo Artists almost have it easier than bands, bands are not easy. you find yourself in a group of people they reb each other the wrong way and exactly the right way, and you have chemistry like the guist “lightning in the bottle” and a collective voice help to pinpoint a moment to understand what it is they are going threw. Nirvana captain to a voice that was yelling to be heard. Keeping of mind the times, It was the late 1980’s early 1990’s, America, the idea of a hopeful democratic country had been practically dismantled by Arron contract,by Aids, by the wagonbush sennior administrations, but with their music, their attitude, their voice, Nirvana blasted through all that with christian, nuclear, rage, and fury. Nirvana was kicking against a system, bring a complet disting for the music industry and for their definition of cooperate main-stream America to show a sweet, beautiful, but fed up fury, coupled with howling ability. Lyrically exposing our frailty, our frustrations, our shortcomings, singing of a treat and acceptance of our tribes of an outsider community with such immense possibility simed or ignored but not held down or held back By the stupidity and political pedidence of the times. They spoke truth, and a lot of people listened.
They picked up manner in that particular battle, but they were singular, and loud, and melodic, and deeply original. And that voice, Kurt we miss you. Nirvana defined a moment, a movement for outsiders, for the fags, and fat girls, and the brocken toys, and the shiners, and the goss kids from Tennessee Kentucky, For the rockers, and the fed up, and the too smart kids, and the bullies. We were a community, a generation, in Nirvana’s case, several generations. And the echo chamber of that collective hall and Allen Kingsburg would be very proud to hear. That moment, and that voice have verbulated into music, film, into politics, into world view, and so many fields in so many ways, and in our lives, and this is not just pop music, This is something much bigger than that.
There a few artists who reb each other the wrong way and exactly the right way at the right time. Nirvana, It is my honor to call on the stage Krist Novoselic and Dave grol.
Thank you very much.
I was the quert one in Nirvana. I was the drummer, but most of you don’t know that I was the fifth drummer of Nirvana. For whatever reason, I got to be the luckest person in the world, and also be in Nirvana. I have to give credit to all of the other drummers that came before me.(listing names) Chad Channing who was the drummer of Nirvana. Guess what’s chad responsible for? When you listen to songs like “in bloom”, the “bang bang bang bang…” that’s chad.
We came from the underground punk rock scene where there weren’t any awards or ceremonies, trophies. It was all about doing it for real, and award was doing it right and sharing it to the community of music, helping other musicians, and inspiring people.I was very luck to grow up in the Washington. D. C. in the punk rock sene where I was inspired by all these amazing people, too many to list. I’m also lucky that when we started out, We didn’t know about anything business. We were in a fucking van, buying corn dogs from T-shirts that we have sold. We were lucky that we met a maneger named john silva, and we met an accountant named Lee Johnson, and I’m happy to say that I have never ever straight from those 2 people in my life, thats like 25 years. (listing names)that’s a long list of people I’m afraid I forget most of them.
Most of all, I have to thank my whole family. I was lucky enough to grow up in a musical family, and an environment that encouraged music. Parents that never told me not listen to fucking slair, you know what I mean? I listened to some really really fucked up shit, but my parents never told me not to, because I was finding myself. So mum, thanks, thanks for letting me drop off high school. (haha…kids stay school, don’t do dugs) I have to thank my beautiful wife Jordan and my two daughters.
That I hope to grow up to inspire people just like every musician I was inspired by. Because I think that was the deal, It’s that you look up to you heros, and you shouldn’t be intimidated by them, you should be inspired by them. Don’t look at the poster on the wall and think “fuck, I can never do that”, look at the poster on the wall and say “Fuck, I’m gonna do that”, and then you do this.(raise up the trophy)
Thank you Michael, for that great induction, and the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame, and I wanna thank all the Nirvana fans. Nirvana fans walk up to me everyday and say“ thank you for the music”. When I hear that, that reminds me of Kurt Cobain, OK. So I wanna say thank you Kurt Cobain, and I wish Kurt was here tonight. That music means so much to so many people, and there’s new generation and new fans coming up. It’s really powerful, Kurt was an intense artist, and he really connected with a lot of people.
When Nirvana we started in Aberdeen Washington, We hade a infrastructure there to support us, there was a music community. I wanna thank Subpop Records, the music community in Seattle and Washington state..(listing names) and thank you all again.
I’m probably gona cry, I’m already crying. Because he’d be so proud, he would say he wasn’t, but he would be. I just miss him so much, he was such an angel. Thank you.
You know I have a big speech, but I’m not gonna say it. We all started bands when we were kids, and this is my family I’m looking at right now, all of you. Brother Michael, Granma Wendy, brother Krist, Mr. Grol(hugging Dave Grol). That’s it, I just wish that Kurt be here to feel this, and be this 20 years ago the Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame maybe wasn’t…but tonight he would really appreciate it that His mother, Krist, Dave, Michael being here. I just wan to give this to our daughter Frances Who’s not here cause she’s ill.That’s it, That’s all I have to say. Thank you very very much.
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