R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Inducting Nirvana Into Rock Hall of Fame
This year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony not only boasts the usual slew of important musical figures, but also one particularly significant pairing.
The Hall announced that R.E.M.‘s lead singer Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana into this year’s class. Stipe’s tie to Kurt Cobain is famously heartbreaking as the former frontman—who is godfather to his daughter with Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain—revealed that he attempted to record a duet with the Nirvana singer to “save his life.”
In 2011, Stipe told Interview Magazine, “I constructed a project to try to snap Kurt out of a frame of mind. I sent him a plane ticket and a driver, and he tacked the plane ticket to the wall in the bedroom and the driver sat outside the house for 10 hours. Kurt wouldn’t come out and wouldn’t answer the phone…I was doing that to try to save his life. He was in a really bad place.”
Look out for one heartfelt dedication speech.
The ceremony will also see Coldplay‘s Chris Martin inducting Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen inducting the E Street Band, Questlove inducting Hall and Oates, Rage Against the Machine‘s Tom Morello inducting KISSand Eagles‘ member Glenn Frey inducting Linda Ronstadt. Cat Stevens‘ inductor is still to be revealed.
The E Street Band, Hall and Oates, Gabriel and Stevens all perform on their special night while Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Emmylou Harris are teaming together for a tribute to Ronstadt.
The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions will be held in Brooklyn on Thursday, April 10. They’ll premiere on HBO on Saturday, May 31.