Kurt Cobain Once Confronted Scott Weiland: ‘People Tell Me You Sound Like Nirvana’

Former Mudhoney manager Bob Whittaker shared a memory on Krist Novoselic’s Facebook page last month following Scott Weiland’s death. He shared a previously untold story about Weiland meeting Kurt Cobain backstage at Stone Temple Pilots’ show at Seattle Arena on July 8, 1993.

“I remember in Seattle – Butthole Surfers opened for them? We were back stage to say hi to the band after the show = Gibby , King Coffee ETC – I was goofing around with Kurt – he jumped on my back and I took him into the #sonetemplepilots dressingroom. Security was going to toss us out – but Scott saw Kurt and rescued us.

I set Kurt down then Scott and Kurt talked at the deli tray table – a bit awkward at first – Kurt said ‘people tell me you sound like #Nirvana . You must owe me some publishing money then.’ Scott didn’t miss a beat and pulled out a crumpled sweaty $1 bill from his pocket and gave it to Kurt. Kurt took it, We all laughed and left. It was fun funny and cute. ❤️ #inventinggrunge ✔️ Life is short – everyone be nice and do good work while we are here -B”

  • Backdoorman

    For Kurt…Pearl Jam, STP, Candlebox…all were a copy and impostor…much self-esteem

    • Corndog

      I’m not sure what you mean? Are you saying that Kurt thought all those bands you listed were copying Nirvana?

      • Backdoorman

        Yes it is

        • Corndog

          I can’t speak for Candlebox (recognise the name but i cannot remember any of their songs) but as far as PJ and STP are concerned, neither band sounds anything like Nirvana, and both bands were much better than Nirvana IMO.

          • Backdoorman

            I agree with you…and…I disagree with Kurt

          • Go Hiomlán Mandelbrotmenge Imi

            Kurt never said that PJ sounded like Nirvana.

          • Backdoorman

            Kurt Cobain often ridiculed rival Pearl Jam, arguing that it lacked the
            underground purity of Nirvana – that it was simply an old-line
            commercial rock band in grunge clothing https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talk:Kurt_Cobain

          • AOKRCEO

            Yes, he talked shit about PJ, but he never said that they sounded like Nirvana.

            And if I remember correctly, Kurt kind of changed his mind about Vedder and the rest of PJ, they were in good terms before he died, and right after his death Grohl played drums in a PJ’s show.

            Cobain also talked shit about GNR and sometime later he was in good terms with some GNR’s members (not with Axl, who ironically was a Nirvana fan and invited them to open for GNR, which they declined).

            Famous frontmen talking shit about other bands and being in good terms with those bands some time later is very common, I think.

          • Ann Anderson

            Duff McKagan was on good terms with Kurt as he sat next to or near him on a flight. They chatted some about music and the industry but Duff said that he could see how depressed Kurt was. He was standing next to Kurt waiting to retrieve his luggage on the carousel and he had decided to ask Kurt to come and stay with him for a few days but when he looked over and turned around Kurt was gone. He killed himself within the next few days and it has haunted Duff ever since wondering if his friendship and concern could have somehow made a difference.

          • Go Hiomlán Mandelbrotmenge Imi

            Ok und when did he say that they copied Nirvana? What is true that he had a very strict punk indie attitude but that was childish because if we talk about the “real” grunge, we have to talk about Green River, Mudhoney,the Melvins and Green Magnet School (listen to “Eclipse” sounds like a more experimental Nirvana). Oh, I have to listen to Green Magnet School’s Blood Music Album, one of the most underrated bands ever in my opinion.

          • Hwang Sunghyeop

            Yep he never said it. See the Rio interview then you can see he describe the band as a more guitar rock sound band.

    • Felonious Punk

      Candlebox sound nothing like Nirvana

    • Davos Nix

      None of those bands sound like Nirvana

  • Hwang Sunghyeop

    I missed Kurt and Scott so much as I missed my granpa. Life is short. at least in this page, we should happy right now. Love you all so much. maybe I should say ‘still thank you for your good rock music continuosly’ to FF, Krist, AIC, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, etc.

    • Raj

      Agree, I think about Kurt everyday and when Scott passed away last month it hit me very hard.

  • Raj

    Cool story, sounded like they could have had a long friendship.

  • JSawyer80

    It’s too bad Kurt couldn’t (wouldn’t?) reach out to guys like Weiland, Corgan, Vedder, etc more often. They all, to varying degrees, were able to cope with fame more successfully, and in different ways. And it may have led to one hell of a supergroup one-off…..

  • Hwang Sunghyeop

    Kurt is huge Rock icon. So it was natural.

  • cb

    my sources say this never occurred.

    • Shane99

      Yeah, I don’t think this happened.

      • cb

        it didn’t. those two never met and I am thinking Krist does not recall it either though it was posted on his twitter page. I think it was a joke, a litmus test to see if one recalls the early 90’s. the hashtag says it all: #investigatinggrunge. life is short. everyone be nice and do good work while we are here…hummmmm. it has a hidden meaning.

        • James Tuthill

          “#inventinggrunge – not “investigating” grunge”

    • Kristin

      What are your sources?


    I hate those stupid hashtags in writing. Its like trying to read a whatsapp message from a 13 year old girl.

    • larry cornwater

      The hell is a whatsapp?

  • https://wordpress.com/posts/jaxsondallas.wordpress.com Jaxson_Dallas

    What a boring story…i loved both of them but this sounds like a name dropping thing to me…jmo


    Kurt knew

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