Joan Jett May Be Fronting A Nirvana Reunion

Let’s sit down and look at the facts that we know already. We know that Nirvana is going to be inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame class of 2014. We know that Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, along with the late, great Kurt Cobain are getting that gong. We also know that the ceremony is taking place this weekend, and that Michael Stipe of REM fame will be inducting the legendary Seattle group into the hall. We also know that something is happening. Something potentially a little special. Novoselic has hinted at as much through some not-entirely-subtle Tweets, indicating that he’s dusted off the old bass and has been re-learning Nirvana riffs. We know that, in the past, a Nirvana reunion was close to happening in London with PJ Harvey on vocals, but didn’t wind up eventuating. And we know that speculation has been running wild on who would step into Cobain’s shoes should the group perform at their induction ceremony. But now things are potentially starting to become clearer, and the name most likely to fill the sizable void is one not previously discussed: The legendary Blackheart herself, Joan Jett.

The biggest hint that Jett has been enlisted for the job has come from this post on the Foo Fighters Instagram page.
For those keeping score at home, that’s Dave Grohl’s DW drum kit, one-time Nirvana member and current Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear’s Fender Stratocaster, Krist Novoselic’s Gibson RD Bass guitar, and Joan Jett’s iconic, unmistakable, battle-worn Gibson Music Maker right smack in the middle.
‘Course there’s no way of knowing for sure until the four of them step out on stage together in Brooklyn, hit the first chord of In Bloom and erase all doubt. Until then, this is all merely speculation, or potentially a really, really, really elaborate prank by a bunch of unusually bored musicians. But it’s the biggest hint yet that we’re going to see Nirvana’s songs played live by the band one more time.
The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place tomorrow Australian time at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York. The event will be filmed and screened by HBO at the end of May.
Photo: Christopher Polk via Getty Images.