Joan Jett took over on vocals at the Nirvana reunion at Cal Jam Fest earlier this month. It’s the second time she’s done so, the first being when the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame back in 2014. In a new interview, Jett recalls the performances, which she says she was “honored and humbled” to be asked to be a part of.
About playing at the Hall of Fame, the rocker admits being asked to sing in place of Kurt Cobain was nerve-wracking at first. “It was so scary, but at the same time, how could you say no as a Nirvana fan?” she said. “But I got through that okay… It’s very heavy though, because Kurt’s fans are intense and it’s a lot to take on.”
But even so, she feels “blessed” to have been asked by Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters to play some Nirvana hits again during Cal Jam, which she’s likened to getting Kurt’s blessing… and she’s ready when they’re ready to do it again.
“If they do [more shows] and they want me to be a part of it, I’d be honored to,” she shared. “You can never be sure if you’re doing it right, but you can only do the best you can do and if the band asks me, that’s as close as I can maybe get to Kurt giving me the thumbs up.”