Nirvana fans can be protective about their favourite band, and who can blame them?
The Seattle band put out some memorable albums, which have stood the test of time where some of their contemporaries have failed.
Part of their enduring legacy comes from the fact that, after Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994, the band made no effort to replace their frontman. Replacing an iconic frontman is the sort of thing that can go very wrong very quickly, and even when it goes as well as it could be expected - as with Queen playing without the late Freddie Mercury, for example - there will always be some dissenting voices.
And yet a bizarre campaign has begun to get Nirvana back up and running with a new man on vocals: none other than Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger.
Nickelback have always been a divisive band at the best of times, no matter what some people might try to tell you. They might have enjoyed great popularity, sure, but that’s not the first thing you think of when the Canadian band is mentioned.
So, let’s just say the suggestion of Kroeger becoming the new Cobain – as proffered in a Facebook campaign with a worrying amount of traction – won’t be popular with everyone.
The new Nirvana have been given an ultimatum of sorts: reform by the end of the year - with Chad, of course - and there will be a gig waiting for them: at Nirvana Hair and Beauty Bar in Manchester.
A joke that’s got out of hand? Perhaps, but judging by the reaction of some Nirvana fans, there are some things you shouldn’t joke about.
When asked for their thoughts on the potential reunion, the response was… well, probably exactly what you thought it would be.
But some were more open to the idea of a musical cross-pollination. After all, reunions are massive these days, the absence of a member shouldn’t stop it, should it?
But some people just couldn’t be convinced, no matter what:
You’re right Claire, Justin Bieber fronting Linkin Park is a completely rediculas idea - they should get Adam Levine from Maroon 5 instead.