Nirvana Stream Live Version Of “Lithium” From 1992 Triple J Performance In Melbourne, Australia

Nirvana have shared a live recording of “Lithium” from a 1992 performance they did for Triple J in Melbourne, Australia. The track will appear on the 30th anniversary edition of the band’s 1991 album “Nevermind,“ which is set to be released on November 12. More details on that effort can be found HERE.

Nirvana’s Dave Grohl On “Nevermind” Album Artwork: “I Have Many Ideas Of How We Should Alter That Cover”

Nirvana’s Dave Grohl has revealed that he has “many ideas” for an alternate “Nevermind” cover. His comments come after Spencer Elden, the man who appeared on the record as a baby, demanded to have the artwork changed.

As previously reported, Elden filed a lawsuit against the surviving members of the band, the estate of the late Kurt Cobain, photographer Kirk Weddle, DGC Records, and more due to child sexual exploitation and violations of federal child pornography statutes. His lawyer, Maggie Mabie, also demanded to have Universal remove his genitalia from all future releases of the album, including the upcoming 30th anniversary edition (out November 12).

Considering the current controversy, Grohl told The Sunday Times the following:

“I have many ideas of how we should alter that cover, but we’ll see what happens. We’ll let you know. I’m sure we’ll come up with something good.”

He continued when asked about the lawsuit:

“I think that there’s much more to look forward to and much more to life than getting bogged down in those kinds of things. And, fortunately, I don’t have to do the paperwork.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Baby On Nirvana’s “Nevermind” Demands To Have His Genitalia Removed From The 30th Anniversary Edition Of The Album

As previously reported, Spencer Elden, the man who appeared on the cover art for Nirvana’s “Nevermind” as a baby, recently filed a lawsuit against the surviving members of the band, the estate of the late Kurt Cobain, photographer Kirk Weddle, DGC Records, and more due to child sexual exploitation and violations of federal child pornography statutes. Now, according to TMZ, Elden‘s lawyer Maggie Mabie is demanding to have Universal remove his genitalia from all future releases of the album. This includes the upcoming 30th anniversary edition of the effort (out November 12). She says that it is time to “end this child exploitation and violation of privacy.”

Nirvana To Release 30th Anniversary Edition Of “Nevermind” In November

Nirvana will be releasing a remastered 30th anniversary deluxe edition of “Nevermind” on November 12. The effort will include live concerts from the album’s touring cycle, a Blu-ray featuring a November 25, 1991 show in Amsterdam, NET and a 40-page hardcover book featuring previously unreleased photos.

“Nevermind” (30th Anniversary Edition) Track Listing:

“Nevermind“:

01. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
02. “In Bloom”
03. “Come As You Are”
04. “Breed”
05. “Lithium”
06. “Polly”
07. “Territorial Pissings”
08. “Drain You”
09. “Lounge Act”
10. “Stay Away”
11. “On A Plain”
12. “Something In The Way”

Live In Amsterdam, Netherlands (Paradiso, November 25, 1991):

01. “Drain You”
02. “Aneurysm”
03. “School”
04. “Floyd The Barber”
05. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
06. “About A Girl”
07. “Polly”
08. “Lithium”
09. “Sliver”
10. “Breed”
11. “Come As You Are”
12. “Been A Son”
13. “Negative Creep”
14. “On A Plain”
15. “Blew”
16. “Love Buzz*”
17. “Territorial Pissings”

Live In Del Mar, California (Pat O’Brien Pavilion, Del Mar Fairgrounds, December 28, 1991):

01. “Drain You”
02. “Aneurysm”
03. “School”
04. “Floyd The Barber”
05. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
06. “About A Girl”
07. “Polly”
08. “Sliver”
09. “Breed”
10. “Come As You Are”
11. “Lithium”
12. “Territorial Pissings”

Live In Melbourne, Australia for Triple J (The Palace, St. Kilda, February 1, 1992):

01. “Aneurysm”
02. “Drain You”
03. “School”
04. “Sliver”
05. “About A Girl”
06. “Come As You Are”
07. “Lithium”
08. “Breed”
09. “Polly”
10. “Lounge Act”
11. “In Bloom”
12. “Love Buzz”
13. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
14. “Feedback Jam”
15. “Negative Creep”
16. “On A Plain”
17. “Blew”

Live In Tokyo, Japan (Nakano Sunplaza, February 19, 1992):

01. “Negative Creep”
02. “Been A Son”
03. “On A Plain”
04. “Blew”
05. “Come As You Are”
06. “Lithium”
07. “Breed”
08. “Sliver”
09. “Drain You”
10. “About A Girl”
11. “School”
12. “Aneurysm”
13. “Love Buzz”
14. “Polly”
15. “Territorial Pissings”
16. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Blu-ray: Live In Amsterdam, Netherlands (Paradiso, November 25, 1991):

01. “Drain You”
02. “Aneurysm”
03. “School”
04. “Floyd The Barber”
05. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
06. “About A Girl”
07. “Polly”
08. “Lithium”
09. “Sliver”
10. “Breed”
11. “Come As You Are”
12. “Been A Son”
13. “Negative Creep”
14. “On A Plain”
15. “Blew”
16. “Love Buzz”
17. “Territorial Pissings”

7″ (vinyl edition):

01. “Endless, Nameless”
02. “Even In His Youth”
03. “Aneurysm”

Pre-orders can be found HERE and a live video for “Breed” can be found below:

Baby On Nirvana’s “Nevermind” Album Cover Sues The Band For “Child Pornography”

Spencer Elden, the man who appeared on the cover of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” as a baby, has filed a lawsuit against the surviving members of the band and the estate of the late Kurt Cobain. Elden says the naked photo on the record is child sexual exploitation and that it violates federal child pornography statutes. Photographer Kirk Weddle, DGC Records, and more were also named in that suit

Elden claims that his “identity and legal name are forever tied to the commercial sexual exploitation he experienced as a minor which has been distributed and sold worldwide from the time he was a baby to the present day.” The suit also added:

“[The defendants] knowingly produced, possessed, and advertised commercial child pornography depicting Spencer, and they knowingly received value in exchange for doing so. … Despite this knowledge, defendants failed to take reasonable steps to protect Spencer and prevent his widespread sexual exploitation and image trafficking.”

Elden also says that his parents never signed a release form to authorize the use of the photo. He also added that the band promised to cover his genitals with a sticker, but they never followed through. The complaint continued:

“To ensure the album cover would trigger a visceral sexual response from the viewer, Weddle activated Spencer’s ‘gag reflex’ before throwing him underwater in poses highlighting and emphasizing Spencer’s exposed genitals.”

It also added:

“[The defendants] used child pornography depicting Spencer as an essential element of a record promotion scheme commonly utilized in the music industry to get attention, wherein album covers posed children in a sexually provocative manner to gain notoriety, drive sales, and garner media attention, and critical reviews.”

Elden is currently seeking damages of $150,000 from each defendant. He is also demanding a trial by jury. The suit goes on to say:

“The permanent harm he has proximately suffered includes but is not limited to extreme and permanent emotional distress with physical manifestations, interference with his normal development and educational progress, lifelong loss of income earning capacity, loss of past and future wages, past and future expenses for medical and psychological treatment, loss of enjoyment of life, and other losses to be described and proven at trial of this matter.”

The photos of Elden were taken at a Pasadena aquatic center in 1990 and his parents were reportedly paid $200 for the images. In 2016, he recreated the cover for the album’s 25th anniversary. He told The New York Post the following about that:

“The anniversary means something to me. It’s strange that I did this for five minutes when I was 4 months old and it became this really iconic image. It’s cool but weird to be part of something so important that I don’t even remember.”

He also added the following in a separate interview with Time magazine:

“It’s a trip. Everyone involved in the album has tons and tons of money. I feel like I’m the last little bit of grunge rock. I’m living in my mom’s house and driving a Honda Civic.

It’s hard not to get upset when you hear how much money was involved. I go to a baseball game and think about it: ‘Man, everybody at this baseball game has probably seen my little baby penis,’ I feel like I got part of my human rights revoked.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Surpasses One Billion Streams On Spotify

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” has officially surpassed one billion streams on Spotify. This news comes after the music video for the track previously surpassed one billion views on YouTube. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” appears on the band’s 1991 album “Nevermind.”

Courtney Love Issues Apology After Blasting Dave Grohl & Trent Reznor

As previously reported, Courtney Love recently made headlines after blasting Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) on social media. In the post, which has since been deleted, she said that she was planning to dissolve a previous agreement regarding the rights to Nirvana after accusing Grohl of trying to “enrich himself” off of her late husband Kurt Cobain’s fortune. In the same post, she also took aim at Reznor, accusing him of abusing underage fans. However, Love has now issued an apology. According to Loudwire, she said the following:

“I need to apologize for my recent post. It was insensitive and it was wrong. No matter how I feel, there are real people behind my words and I need to learn to be more responsible with my words. I am truly sorry for those I’ve hurt. I will do better.”

Courtney Love Blasts Dave Grohl & Trent Reznor, Says She Plans To Dissolve Nirvana Rights Arrangement

According to The PRP, Courtney Love recently took to Instagram to blast Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails). In the post, which appears to have since been deleted, she said that she will be dissolving a previous agreement regarding the rights to Nirvana after accusing Grohl of trying to “enrich himself” off of her late husband Kurt Cobain’s fortune. In the same post, she also took aim at Reznor, accusing him of abusing underage fans.

Love said the following:

“Here’s a few receipts from some mega aggressions I’ve had to deal with, make myself small for, stop righteous lawsuits over, (“we are not doormats“ my sponsor always quotes to me) due to male privilege in all its vile toxicity. When @sharonstone was asked if she had any #metoo’s, she just laughed. 🙋🏽‍♀️. We only get 1 right?

I’ve had enough of this 💩from these clowns leaning into my being scapegoated for breathing, for my husband’s death, for my “overt“ sexuality, because I’m an addict, etc, and a WOMAN, for over 27 years.

3 months before I left LA, I signed a document that effectively gives Dave [Grohl] (and Krist [Novoselic]) my descendants money in perpetuity. I was so broken. So scarred, so exhausted by him, I just fucking signed it. But it’s a lie. So I’m unsigning it.

Because it’s nonsense. The chaos and fury over Kurt’s death being directed at me, deflected by Dave, while he enriched and continues to enrich himself, gorging on Kurt’s fortune and Kurt’s goodwill. 27! Years!!! I’ve had enough.

I’m over being made small. And being “forced“ to “just drop it“ when it affects every generation of my descendants. Nicest guy in Rock ? No.

As for Reznor, At least? HE’S talented but still a creep. I’ve never seen so much systemic abuse of kids, girls as young as 12, by him and his crew, we all (the members of Hole) witnessed it. So while these two jack asses are not my #metoo’s because I’m saving my 1 up (because we only get 1) they’re darn close.

#fuckoff @treznor @nineinchnails @foofighters I really hope my example of standing up to them, putting a stop to them, will prevent any other women (or men) from this soul shattering level of personal and cultural abuse in future . Sexually, spiritually, financially.. #metoo #me3 #me88 etc etc ad nauseam. 💩💩💩🙏#blessed? Yeah to be breathing long enough to tell the tale. I’m cramming as much into every song as I can. ☸️🍄🩰 Nam myoho renge kyo. “We are not doormats“”

Dave Grohl Says He Still Records Music With His Former Nirvana Bandmates During Impromptu Jam Sessions

During an interview on “The Howard Stern Show,” Dave Grohl further discussed the impromptu jam sessions that him and his former Nirvana bandmates, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, have taken part in over the years. According to him, the trio have even “recorded some stuff that’s really cool.”

Grohl said the following [via The PRP]:

“…So Krist Novoselic is a pilot, he flies his own plane… he lives up in the Pacific Northwest and whenever he comes down to Los Angeles, you know, we always love to see each other and we’ll have dinner. Last time he was here I made dinner for us and we hung out. and Pat‘s always around and the three of us, you know we like to just, we like to be together. We like to see each other and if there are instruments around or a studio that’s available, we’ll just get together and kind of jam, you know?

And we don’t like run through a big old Nirvana setlist but we do like to fool around and sometimes as we’re fooling around, songs happen. And you know if we’re in a studio we’ll record them. So we’ve recorded some stuff that’s really cool. But we’ve never done anything with it.

But to us, I think, to us, it’s, it’s more just like friends, jamming around, t doesn’t really seem like any sort of like big official reunion or anything.”

He continued when asked if he sings on the material:

“Well no I’m just playing the drums. We don’t have a singer. So, it’s like we kind of record these instrumentals and, and just mess around. It’s very casual. There’s no pressure on us to do something that the world will have to hear it’s more really just for fun, and a lot of it’s really cool, you know?

It reminds you that, that when the three of us get together in a room and start playing, It sounds like it did. It sounds like it used to. When we put the three of us in a room and it makes that noise, it still does.”

He also added the following when asked if it sounds different from Foo Fighters:

“Absolutely, yeah. I mean when Krist Novoselic and I get together and play and he’s on the bass and I’m on the drums, it sounds like Nirvana. We just make that sound when we play together. It’s really cool.”

Strands Of Late Nirvana Frontman Kurt Cobain’s Hair Are Apparently Up For Auction

Six strands of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s hair are apparently up for auction as part of Iconic Auctions’ “The Amazing Music Auction.” Bidding is open until May 15.

Iconic Auctions commented:

“This one-of-a-kind artifact is entirely fresh-to-market and is accompanied by an impeccable lineage of provenance including photos of Kurt posing with the woman who cut this hair, scissors in hand, and a fantastic shot of the hair actually being cut! The lucky friend who trimmed the Nirvana front man’s iconic blond locks was an early confidant, Tessa Osbourne, who cut his hair in 1989 — well prior to his ‘Nevermind’ breakthrough — while on the ‘Bleach’ tour. Tessa presented the original lock to Seattle artist Nicole DePolo as a heartfelt gift after Kurt’s passing, and she provided the original bag with handwritten provenance note, ’29/10/89: Tess cut Kurt’s hair in Birmingham, England, 27 Holy Rd., Handsworth, Birmingham B202BU.'”

A two-page provenance affidavit signed by DePolo also said:

“Tessa had known Kurt back in England, and they had hung out during the ‘Bleach’ Tour. Nirvana had broken in England first, and she must have had a sense that Kurt would become a musical force. When it came to Kurt, Tessa was kind of what like Astrid Kirchherr had been to The Beatles — the woman who had given him his iconic haircut. She even had a series of pictures to prove it: a snapshot of her and Kurt with long straggly hair while she held a pair of scissors high, then a shot of the scissors going through about 7″ of hair. The rest was history. Kurt was known for his bleached blond pageboy, and she’d given him his first one back in October of 1989, just before his image began to circulate throughout the world.”