For some reason I felt compelled to watch the 12-12-12 concert last night. I knew it would suck and be mostly annoying, and I have the excuse that I was 'watching for work purposes,' but it was worse than I could imagine. However we're not here to discuss the fact that no rock star should ever wear a turtleneck on stage (your rocker card has been revoked, Jon Bon Jovi.) I'm sure if any of you watched, it was for the same reason I ultimately did...to see Paul McCartney play with Nirvana. While it wasn't horrifically awful as I imagined it would be and while my love for the Beatles is well-chronicled, I couldn't help but wonder the following:
If Nirvana was going to re-unite for one night, who SHOULD front the band in Kurt's place? The rules are simple. You can pick anyone currently alive, but you have to use them in their current state (ie., no taking 1992 Eddie Vedder or 1971 Mick Jagger. You pick Eddie, you're getting short haired-bearded dude, etc.) I started this conversation with a buddy of mine and came up with the following possibilities:
1. Dave Grohl moves to front man and the drummer from Foo Fighters or QOTSA or something takes over on drums. It keeps the front man in-house, but we've seen what happens when Dave Grohl fronts a band and I don't think anyone wants that.
2. Trent Reznor - I like this idea, but he's an old dad now and I think the style is just a bit off.
3. The dude from Cold War Kids. No one knows who he is, he's got the desperation and anger, but at the end of the day, net-net, it is what it is (copyright DC,) I think his voice is a little to big and high-pitched.
Ultimately, I realized there's really just one answer: Courtney Love. I know, I know...she and Dave Grohl hate each other...she's a giant drug whore, etc. But let's all admit that the first Hole record was awesome and she has the voice, the vibe and the history to pull it off. Put it this way, if I call you up and say, I have 2 tickets to the Nirvana show and Courtney Love is fronting the band, you're going to beg me for the extra ticket.
Or maybe I'm wrong. If I am, prove it. Post your thoughts below. The bar is set at Courtney Love. Usually, that's not a very good thing...