If Kurt Cobain could come back from the dead, it sounds like he wouldn’t be alive for long.
Courtney Love tells Vanity Fair in the magazine’s November issue that she’d kill him if she were to ever lay eyes on him again.
“If he came back right now, I’d have to kill him for what he did to us. I’d f-–ng kill him,” she says. Actually, scratch that: “I’d f– him, then I’d kill him.” A woman has to have her priorities.
But yes, Love says, she’s angry that her legendary husband committed suicide in 1994.
“He tried to kill himself three times! He O.D.’ed at least five times. I was the f—ng E.M.S.,” she says, adding that she carted around a drug used to revive heroin users after an overdose.
However, it seems as though one should take Love’s statements with a grain of salt. At least, that seems to be the case with her remarks about her estranged daughter, Frances Bean. Love alleges in the interview that her daughter was teased as a child and called “crack baby,” and that she had aspirations to be an actress with a show akin to Nickelodeons “Zoey 101.”
Yet a lawyer for Bean denies Love’s claims to the magazine, calling them inaccurate.
VF relays that when Love isn’t talking about her daughter, she’s consumed with what she refers to as “the fraud,” and the 47-year-old singer was hopeful that VF contributing editor Nancy Jo Sales could help her get to the bottom of it. She says that more than $250 million of Nirvana money belonging to her is missing.
Her manager, though, tells Vanity Fair that he finds her focus on “the fraud” to be “heartbreaking.”
“She’s very capable of earning seven figures easy without any help from Nirvana right now,” he says, “but it’s hard for her to work or for others to want to work with her when she’s so consumed with fraud.”
When Kurt Cobain killed himself on April 5, 1994, he left behind two shell-shocked musicians who suddenly lost a close friend – but not their desire to make music.
“I remember the day after Kurt died, waking up and thinking, ‘Wow, I get to wake up again. Okay. Make good with what you’ve got,’ ” Dave Grohl said Saturday in a radio interview with Jon Stewart to mark the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s seminal album Nevermind.
Asked if he thought he wouldn’t be able to enjoy music again, Krist Novoselic said he had felt the opposite. “It was so much reality,” Novoselic said, and he recalled thinking to himself: “No, I’m going to live.”
But of course, Grohl, 42, and Novoselic, 46, Nirvana’s drummer and bassist, would never forget their friend, who was just 27 when he died.
“Kurt could be really mellow and sweet, and then he would just flip. Just be, like, really intense,” Novoselic said. “So, that’s a lot of Nevermind’s … and Nirvana’s music. It was Kurt’s intensity captured through the music.”
At the end of the interview, Novoselic added: “I wish Kurt was here. It’s a big hole.”
Still, the interview, broadcast on Sirius XM, wasn’t all doom and gloom. “There’s a popular misconception that the band just traveled with a black cloud over our head all the time,” Grohl said. “But it was so not that way.”
Nevermind producer Butch Vig recalled Novoselic’s attempts to meet Lenny Kravitz. During one rehearsal, Kravitz happened to be playing in the studio next door.
“And all of a sudden you hear over the microphone: ‘Would Lenny Kravitz please come to the office?’ ” Vig recalled, imitating Novoselic’s crackly, nasal broadcasting voice. “Krist had broken into the office and grabbed the microphone.”
Another fond memory involved Cindy Crawford. “I was at the MTV Video Music Awards, and I had this beer,” recalls Novoselic. “And Cindy’s like, ‘What you got there?’ I’m like, ‘Beeeeer.’ And she took a hit off of it.”
As the studio audience cheered, Stewart joked, “You totally made out with Cindy Crawford. Same glass. That counts.”
In the series of black and white photos, 18-year-old Frances looks strikingly like both her parents in worn clothing and goth accessories.
Pale and dark-haired, she also looks much more like an adult than the baby-faced kid we’re used to seeing in magazines and photos, such as in the snapshot above.
Frances interned for Rolling Stone in 2008, and debuted a collection of art last summer at a Los Angeles gallery.