Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne spoke in a recent interview with Revolver magazine and talked about Nirvana’s late frontman Kurt Cobain.
Kurt Cobain is one of the most influential musicians in the rock scene who built up a name for himself with Nirvana. He achieved unexpected success following the band’s 1991 record ‘Nevermind’ and the hit song ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’
Unfortunately, Kurt had been struggling with depression for a while, and drug addiction made his condition even worse. The increasing pressure due to Nirvana’s growing global popularity contributed to the musician’s issues, and Cobain committed suicide in 1994, leaving a note behind him.
In the conversation, Buzz pointed out that he had been friends with Kurt for a long time and recalled when they went to Cobain’s first-ever live show. The pair saw Black Flag, and it was the first time Kurt ever listened to rock music. During the show, Kurt told Buzz that he wanted his guitar to sound like that.
In addition to that, Buzz revealed that Kurt was from a poor background, and his family had nothing. Thus, he didn’t have money or parental support whatsoever. As Buzz said, nobody believed in them back in the day.
Buzz Osborne on the first-ever show Kurt Cobain saw:
“It was a hall that maybe held three or four hundred people, maybe 500 if it was packed – it was not packed. It was a Black Flag ‘Slip Ut In’ tour. We were friends with Kurt and had been for a long time, and I’ve been going into weird music for a lot longer than that.
But you gotta remember, Kurt was from a poor background. That really is a rags-to-riches story for those guys, all those guys, they had really nothing – no money. The families had no money, no parental support whatsoever, no one that believed in anything that they did.”
“And so I was like, ‘We’re friends with all these people, you might have fun. You’ll come up and see this thing and it would be a lot of fun.’
And Black Flag was really good that night, it was a great, great, great show. Big enough to where it wasn’t too crazy but it also was enough to get an intense look into this rock music that wasn’t like anything he’d ever seen before.
But I was already way into all that stuff, I had been for quite a while. And I remember I was up closer to the stage watching the show, and he was kind of maybe halfway back, and I remember him saying to me, ‘That is exactly the kind of guitar sound I want when I play guitar.'”
You can check out the full interview below.