|NFC News 04/2002|
- - - April 26, 2002 - - -
As reported earlier in the month, the attorneys for Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl
requested that Courtney Love should undergo psychiatrical evaluation and brought the
matter before the court. However, the judge just dismissed the motion;
"Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic asked the court to force Love to undergo the exam by June
1 to determine if she is mentally capable of handling her Nirvana-related responsibilities
under the Nirvana LLC partnership. 'In sum, [Grohl and Novoselic] have cited no mental
incapacity. [Grohl and Novoselic] have cited a business disagreement as to which reasonable
minds could differ,' states the ruling. 'In the absence of a good faith suggestion from [Grohl
and Novoselic] of an identifiable mental problem or condition reasonably expected to last at
least six months, this court cannot ignore or discount the likelihood that requiring a mental
examination in response to a marketing dispute would serve no purpose other than to contribute
a circus-like atmosphere to the trial. Defendants' Motion is, therefore, DENIED.' Part of the
reason Grohl and Novoselic pulled out the 'capacity' clause in the LLC Agreement was because
Love had tried to terminate the agreement, citing she was not of her right mind when she signed
it in the first place. To that end, the ruling states, 'In oral argument in this motion, [Love's]
counsel unequivocally dismissed any such reaching and sought to voluntarily dismiss the claim. To
avoid any further confusion, this court grants [Love's] oral Motion of Voluntary Dismissal.' This
means that if Love wants the LLC Agreement dissolved, then, according to the ruling, she'll have
to 'prove that any allegedly wrongful acts of defendants or their representatives would have
deceived or misled a reasonable person under the facts applicable to this case. Second, any claim
by Love of voluntary ingestion of drugs or alcohol in 1997 will provide no defense against enforcement
of the Agreement as long as defendants did not induce her to do so or otherwise knowingly attempt to
take advantage of any substance-induced diminished capacity at the time of signing.' " Story
courtesy of CDNow/AllStar news. You can read the full ruling here.
Also check out this page for
a scan of the document with the ruling, courtesy of The Smoking Gun. More news stories on the ruling;
Nettavisen, NME and
- - - April 24, 2002 - - -
Here are some more shots of Eyes Adrift live. These were taken at their April 22 show
in New York, NY at the Knitting Factory. Picture #1,
#4 and #5.
I also got some pictures from their show the day before (April 21) at the Middle East Club in
Cambridge, MA; #1, #2,
and #7. Special thanks to Jeff @ novoselic.com for these!
Check out his terrific Eyes Adrift website (possibly the first Adrift' fansite on the net?)
here. Finally, don't forget to check out the
remaining tour dates here.
- - - April 22, 2002 - - -
Here is the official press release from the Alice in Chains camp, concerning the late Layne Staley:
Statements from Alice In Chains and Columbia Records on the Passing of Layne Staley. Seattle/New York - April 22, 2002.
On April 19, 2002, our friend Layne Staley was found dead in his home. The official cause of death is still unknown.
Yesterday [April 20], we all managed to come together in Seattle; it's good to be with friends and family as we struggle
to deal with this immense loss and try to celebrate this immense life. We are looking for all the usual things: comfort,
purpose, answers, something to hold on to, a way to let him go in peace. Mostly, we are feeling heartbroken over the death
of our beautiful friend. He was a sweet man with a keen sense of humor and a deep sense of humanity. He was an amazing musician,
an inspiration, and comfort to so many. He made great music and gifted it to the world. We are proud to have known him, to
be his friend, and to create music with him. For the past decade, Layne struggled greatly--we can only hope that he has
at last found some peace. We love you, Layne. Dearly. And we will miss you endlessly.
- - - April 21, 2002 - - -
Yesterday in Seattle there was a vigil for the late Layne Staley, similar to the
April 10 1994 vigil for Kurt Cobain; "For Alice in Chains fan
Cain Rurup, Saturday's memorial for singer Layne Staley was a long-overdue tribute
to one of his rock idols. 'It's the least I could do for what he gave to me,' said
Rurup, who organized a vigil Saturday at the International Fountain at Seattle Center.
More than 200 people turned out, leaving flowers, notes and signs and lighting candles
as darkness fell. Some wore T-shirts with Alice in Chains, Nirvana and Soundgarden logos.
At Seattle Center Saturday, fans began to gather at the south edge of the fountain shortly
before 6 p.m., but slowly moved to the north edge when band members Jerry Cantrell, Mike
Inez and Sean Kinney showed up. They were joined by former member Mike Starr, singer Chris
Cornell and Cornell's wife, Susan Silver, Alice in Chains' manager. At the edge of the Seattle
Center fountain, fans placed notes and signs next to flowers and candles. One of the larger
signs read, 'There's only one thing left to say - Say Hello to Heaven.' It was a reference
to a song from the 1990 'Temple of the Dog' album recorded by members of Soundgarden and Mother
Love Bone as a tribute to the latter band's late lead singer, Andrew Wood, whose death in 1990
resulted from a heroin overdose." Story
courtesy of Gene Stout and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Read more related stories here.
Charles Cross, author of the Kurt Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven wrote an interesting
article on Layne Staley for The Seattle Times which you can read here.
- - - April 20, 2002 - - -
A very tragic story reached the media earlier today. Layne Staley, legendary lead
singer of the band Alice In Chains, has died. Initially, the body was unidentified,
but it appears (after an autopsy) that it is indeed the body of Layne Staley. Here's
the story from Seattle;
"A body was removed last night from the University
District residence of Layne Staley, lead singer and guitarist for the Seattle
grunge band Alice in Chains. KOMO-TV, citing an unidentified source, said the body
was that of Staley, 34. A King County medical-examiner's investigator said his
office removed a body from the Staley address and planned an autopsy today, but
he refused to confirm the identity of the person. He said it appeared the person
had been dead for some time and would have to be identified scientifically. Staley
had a history of substance abuse, and in the early 1990s publicly acknowledged an
addiction to heroin. Alice in Chains, formed in Seattle in 1987, was part of the
early '90s heyday of grunge. The band was mentioned in the same breath as Nirvana
and Soundgarden." Story
courtesy of The Seattle Times.
Alice in Chains was one of the most successful bands of the 'grunge' rock era of the 1990s. It shared the spotlight with other Seattle bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Mother Love Bone, Screaming Trees and Soundgarden -- all now defunct except for Pearl Jam. Inspired in part by such heavy metal icons as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, the grunge bands ruled the charts with their densely constructed, often gloomy music. Alice in Chains, which formed in 1987, took a more morbid tack than its peers with songs that often focused on death and decay. Its breakthrough 1992 album 'Dirt' yielded the hits 'Would?' and 'Rooster.' Its 1994 follow-up, 'Jar of Flies' and 1995's 'Alice in Chains' both debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts. The band won several Grammy nominations along the way. As this short bio states, Alice in Chains were in the early 90's dominating the music scene along with bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam, and released many beautiful songs. This includes classics such as 'Down in a Hole', 'No Excuses' and 'I Stay Away'. The brilliance of Staley and Alice in Chains will be sorely missed.
Layne Staley (1967 - 2002) -- rest in peace.
- - - April 19, 2002 - - -
An update on today's court meeting, concerning the motion that was submitted,
requesting Courtney Love to undergo psychiatrical examination;
"A King County Superior Court judge will rule in a week to 10 days whether Courtney
Love should undergo a psychiatric evaluation in the ongoing legal battle over Nirvana's
musical legacy. Attorneys for both sides argued the case before Judge Robert Alsdorf for
about an hour Friday [today]. Neither Love nor the former Nirvana members was present.
In a motion filed April 11, defendants Grohl and Novoselic requested that Love submit to
an examination by a psychiatrist of their choosing by June 1. Love is fighting the motion."
Story courtesy of Mike Roarke, Gene Stout and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Read more
- - - April 18, 2002 - - -
An interesting update on the court case between Courtney Love and Krist
Novoselic/Dave Grohl; "In the ongoing legal battle over
Nirvana's musical legacy, the surviving members of the Seattle rock band want
Courtney Love ordered to submit to a psychiatric examination. In December, Grohl
and Novoselic alleged Love is too 'incapacitated' to manage her business partnership
with them. Court papers stated Love had shown an inability in the past decade to work
with managers, attorneys and fellow members of her band, Hole. 'In her professional
dealings, Love is irrational, mercurial, self-centered, unmanageable, inconsistent and
unpredictable,' the court filing said. Earlier this year, Love and her attorney submitted
what they believe was a reasonable settlement offer. Among the proposals was a stipulation
that 'the content of any new releases during the next 10 years will require unanimity among
each of the recording artists, which shall not be unreasonably withheld.' Grohl and Novoselic
rejected the offer. According to the brief filed yesterday by Love's attorney, Grohl and Novoselic
had said Love 'would be a fool not to settle with them' and promised the trial would be a 'circus.'
Both sides believe a settlement is still possible." Story courtesy of The Seattle
Post-Intelligencer and Gene Stout. Thanks to a couple of people for the link. Read the full
- - - April 15, 2002 - - -
Dave Grohl posted a message on the official Foo Fighters message board earlier today,
commenting on his current activities and the progress of the band's recording session.
He also made a brief statement about the crazy tabloid rumor going around that he was
dating pop-sensation Christina Aguilera; "Oh, and by the way ... as
far as all of that Christina Aguilera business goes ... I got two words for you ... YEAH RIGHT!
Gimme a break." So there you have it! All the Dave Grohl bashing can be put
to an end now. The guy really doesn't deserve it. As for the next Foo Fighters record;
apparently it is coming along really well - as a recent interview with Kerrang! magazine
also confirmed. You can read Dave's full message at www.foofighters.com under the topic
"Thought I Disappeared...Didn't You" in the "Letters From the Fighters" forum. Thanks to Tim.
- - - April 12, 2002 - - -
Dave Grohl and Christina Aguilera dating. Sounds crazy? Well, according to the Swedish 'Aftonbladet',
it's true. Here's the story (roughly translated from Swedish); "Christina Aguilera
doesn't need a long mourning period after a broken relationship. Just weeks after she and dancer Jorge
Santos broke up, she falls into the arms of none other than Dave Grohl - singer in Foo Fighters, and
formerly drummer of Nirvana. The two singers met at a hotel in Los Angeles in January, according to
The Sun. 'He is wonderful', Aguilera is said to have commented on the meeting, but nothing more happened
as she was still together with Santos at the time. But when the relationship between her and the dancer
ended a few months ago, Aguilera ran into Grohl again - at the same hotel as where they had first met.
Shortly after they were kissing obsessively and they have been inseparable ever since, a friend of
Aguilera claims. The couple have now been on several dates and friends of Aguilera say that the singer
is completely taken by the former Nirvana star." Story
courtesy of Aftonbladet. You can also read it here (also in Swedish).
As the story originated from British tabloid The Sun, whose credibility is somewhat low, the odds of
the story being true are not particularly high. However, it should be noted that it was picked up by MTV
Germany and it is even available on their website.
Thanks to Franziska, Tommy, Jonas and Mattias.
- - - April 10, 2002 - - -
Courtney Love posted a message on the hole.com message board, asking fans to help locate
material that depicts Kurt Cobain or Nirvana in an offensive manner;
"If you have extensive or even a little bit of bootleg, or otherwise Hole or Nirvana video
clips used on Television shows, as in sleazy tabloid ones, I really need to get them. Also
any really gross depictions (which I do not want to SEE but will have [my] lawyers look at,
like what Eminem did to Kurt in his Cartoon - sick sick shit like that). Here's why; just found
out that since Kurt paid for his videos and I paid for mine - our contracts say that the company
has an obligation to protect our assets and not allow us to public ridicule." So what
Courtney needs, should you choose to help her, is basically help locating the following:
You can read Courtney's full post here.
- - - April 9, 2002 - - -
In the April 10 issue of Kerrang! Magazine, Dave Grohl was voted #3 in a poll of
the "100 Coolest Stars". Kurt Cobain was voted #2. There is no word yet on who got
the #1 spot. News courtesy of Kerrang! and foofighters.com
- - - April 8, 2002 - - -
Today, it has been exactly 8 years since Kurt Cobain was found dead at his home in
Seattle by electrician Gary Smith. Though it was initially announced to the media that
an unidentified man had been found dead at the Cobain house, the news of Kurt Cobain's
death quickly spread around the world and shocked the music industry. It is a day that will not be
forgotten for many years to come, and April 8 1994 will always be one of saddest moments of the music world.
- - - April 6, 2002 - - -
Some Nirvana-related news from latest issue of the British magazine Mojo;
"There's a mention of the Cobain diary sale in
the April Mojo; more interesting is the review (with pictures) of
Eyes Adrift's show at the Troubadour, Hollywood."
- - - April 5, 2002 - - -
- - - April 4, 2002 - - -
Here is the current schedule of upcoming Nirvana specials on TV (click here for printer-friendly vers.):
MTV Nordic/MTV Europe:
Don't forget the call-in radio special about Kurt Cobain on April 5th, 7-9 PM, at Trent Radio (92.7 FM) in Canada.
Sadness struck the music world yesterday when it was announced that the legendary band Megadeth had broken up. Here are parts of Dave Mustaine's statement on the matter; "During the first week of January, 2002, while Megadeth was on hiatus, in Texas, I suffered an injury which caused severe nerve damage to my left arm and hand. It was diagnosed as Radial Neuropathy - specifically, a 'compressed radial nerve.' My doctors tell me it will take about a year to make as complete a recovery as I can, and even then, we don't know how complete that is going to be. I am working hard with a great team of doctors and physical therapists daily, and God willing, someday I hope to play guitar again. In the meantime, while I work on rebuilding my arm, I will take this opportunity to reappraise my career and my future. For the time being I have decided to exit Megadeth, and explore other areas of the music business where I might make a contribution without being able to play my instrument. In closing I would like to depart with the beautiful French words I wrote on the record 'Youthanasia': 'A tout le monde, a tous mes amis, Je vous aime, Je dois partir.' (To all the world, to all my friends. I love you, I have to leave)."
From the official press release; "Megadeth's career has been one of the most spectacular and musically innovative in the history of heavy metal. For nearly 20 years, U.S.-based Megadeth soldiered on under the extraordinary vision of founder, vocalist, lead guitarist and principal songwriter Dave Mustaine. Most recently, the achievements of Mustaine, bass guitarist David Ellefson, lead guitarist Al Pitrelli and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso have occurred as an integral part of the Sanctuary Records Group Roster. For the past two years, Megadeth has undertaken a grueling, worldwide tour and promotion schedule. Mustaine formed Megadeth in 1983, after he was fired from Metallica. This would have been a setback for most people, but not Mustaine. He was determined to start his own group. The music would be uncompromisingly heavy with intricately precise guitar lines, and the lyrics would take an unflinching look at serious subjects like the dark side of humanity and politics. For lovers of heavy metal worldwide, the demise of Megadeth is sad, but they will have nearly two decades worth of music to enjoy for the rest of their lives, and future generations of music fans not yet born will experience the thrill of discovering Megadeth."
Rixx from Italy sent in this one; "A new book was released March 28, 2002 from Einaudi. The title is 'Un'amore dell'altro mondo' and the author is Tommaso Pincio. The book is not a biography but a romance based on Kurt's life. Musica! magazine issue 320 (March 21, 2002) quotes a brief piece of the book. The book's price is 8,50 Euro."
"I just picked up a special edition of Life Magazine which focuses on Rock & Roll at 50 with a list of the Top 100 'Rock and Rollers' of all time, with a write up about each artist. Kurt Cobain is #10, with Elvis at #1. Here's the Kurt Cobain write up: 'Growing up in a small town in Washington, he was a happy boy who loved the Beatles. His parents divorced when he was eight, and the next year Cobain became a devotee of heavier music: Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. (He once said that he hoped to marry Beatlesque melody to Sabbath's power). In 1987, Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic began expressing their loud, edgy, intoxicating songs. Eventually joined by drummer Dave Grohl, they released, in 1991, a disc that was the very definition of seminal. Nevermind sold more than 10 million copies in the US and, in Smells Like Teen Spirit, gave a generation its anti-establishment anthem. Neither success, nor marriage to singer Courtney Love, nor fatherhood could dispel Cobain's demons, which included heroin addiction, and in April 1994, he killed himself in Seattle with a shotgun blast.' There is also a picture of Kurt, along with the date he died, where, and how among the other rock and roll fatalities." Thanks to 'Cobainela' for this story.
- - - April 2, 2002 - - -
Today, it has been exactly five years since nirvanaclub.com was registered. And in some
6 days it will have been 5 years since the actual website The Internet Nirvana Fan Club
first opened. NFC, as it later came to be known as, was based on an existing website 'The Danish
Nirvana Homepage' which was conceived in late 1995 and opened in the spring of 1996. Over
the years, the site has developed quite a bit, and turned into one of the premiere Nirvana
resources on the Internet.
Thanks to Steph. Also check the Nirvana schedule for MTV2 and other channels, under the March 29/30 update. Apparently, MTV Nordic/MTV Europe will air the show 'Alternative Nation' on April 4 and it should feature some Nirvana videos. Also, on April 5th MuchMoreMusic in Canada will air a profile on Nirvana at 7 PM Eastern, and a profile on Grunge at 9 PM eastern.
Steven May sent in the following interesting story; "As part of my documentary, 'The Nevermind Year', I'll be hosting a live call-in radio show on the 5th. The special will be broadcast live on a Campus/Community radio station in Peterborough, Canada: Trent Radio 92.7 FM, but it can be heard internationally via www.trentradio.ca (you just need a Winamp player to stream)." Some more details:
KURT COBAIN CALL-IN RADIO SPECIAL
FRIDAY, APRIL 5TH, 7-9PM (GMT-05:00, "Eastern Time")
TRENT RADIO @ 92.7 FM or stream via www.trentradio.ca
Have something to say? Call-in LIVE and share your thoughts, 8 years after Kurt's suicide.
ON-AIR LINE: 705-748-4761
Some Nirvana related stuff was found in the March issue of the magazine Q; "In one section, stars recall their fave concerts, and Tim Wheeler of Ash picks Nirvana's June 22 '92 show in Belfast. Then there's a story on Tours That Changed Music and they pick Nirvana's '89 Euro tour."
Another interesting story; "The Daily World (Aberdeen) has published a book, On the Harbor: From Black Friday to Nirvana. It's a history of the Grays Harbor area. It gives a good idea of the environment Kurt and Krist grew up in. The last chapter is on Nirvana and has some rare photos. There's a picture of a 14 year old Kurt playing drums at a wedding I've never seen before. Also pics of Krist's mother, Maria, holding the platinum award for Nevermind (this appeared on the front page of the paper) and Krist speaking at a local city forum when there was a move to bring Lollapalooza to Grays Harbor in '94 (it failed); this pic also appeared in the paper. The hardback is $39.95; www.thedailyworld.com; The Daily World, PO Box 269, Aberdeen, WA 98520, USA." Thanks a bunch to Gillian G. Gaar for this one!
- - - April 1, 2002 - - -
Finally, a new NFC Competition has been put up. As always, this one also features some spectacular prizes. The first prize is a copy of the 522-page book "Our Band Could Be Your Life" by Michael Azerrad. Mr. Azerrad also wrote the legendary "Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana". The copy you can win of the book is of course signed by the author. 2nd Prize is another book; simply entitled "Nirvana". This one, however, is filled with photos and is a follow-up to 1999's "Winterlong". The 3rd prize is a new book by British journalist Everett True called "Live Through This - American Rock Music In The Nineties". The 4th prize is the chance to win two tickets for an upcoming music fair in London. Finally, the 5th prize is a copy of the NFC Compilation - Volume II (a collection of songs made by people who post on the NFC Discussion Board). Entering the competition is free -- all you have to do is answer a couple of simple questions. Check out the competition here. Thanks to Shannon Byrne, Sarah Marusek, John Scardino and Rob Lythall for sponsoring the great prizes.
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