Nirvana never played CBGB because their agent demanded an additional $300 to perform, CBGB Festival organizer Louise Parnassa-Staley revealed to Krist Novoselic during the musician and political activist’s keynote speech at the CBGB Festival in New York on Thursday.
“Corporate rock whores, we were,” Nirvana’s former bassist joked. “Bye-bye, anarchism.”
As for music, Novoselic rarely plays bass these days and admits he became “obsessed” last year with learning the Doors’ “Light My Fire” on the accordion Cobain gave him years ago. “I got that whole solo part,” he said. “My inner [Ray] Manzarek is being channeled.”
Novoselic also alluded to working again with Dave Grohl, with whom he last collaborated on a song for the Foo Fighters’ album Wasting Light. “I think there’s something cooking,” he said. “Ask Dave.” (At press time, Grohl’s management had not responded to a request for comment.)