Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That presents an interesting scenario for a band that hasn't played a show since the death of front-man Kurt Cobain in 1994.
Surviving members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic joined former Nirvana touring member Pat Smear and Paul McCartney at the 12-12-12 concert last year. The group performed an original song, Cut Me Some Slack. Many people, including McCartney, called it a Nirvana reunion. But, they played no Nirvana songs.
The only Nirvana song that the surviving members have played since 1994 is Marigold, which Dave Grohl wrote. They have never played Kurt Cobain's songs.
The surviving members could possibly turn down the opportunity to perform at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, but that would likely lead to an all-star band covering a handful of Nirvana songs. Most people would probably prefer seeing members of the band on stage.
But, who would be on that stage?
Grohl and Novoselic will definitely be included. They'll probably bring Pat Smear. Chad Channing, the drummer for the band's first album Bleach, should probably also be invited. Dave Crover also contributed to Bleach on drums. Other possibilities include Aaron Burckhard, Dave Foster, and Jason Everman.
Who is out front?
When notable members of bands are absent at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performances, usually somebody close to the band fills in. This person is often a notable contemporary, somebody who has recently worked with the band, or somebody close to missing member.
When Guns N' Roses went into the Hall in 2012, Axl Rose did not show up. So, Alter Bridge front-man Myles Kennedy handled the vocals. Kennedy was on tour with Slash and had recently contributed vocals to the guitarist's solo album.
Jason Bonham, the son of the late John Bonham, played drums with Led Zeppelin when the band was inducted in 1995.
So, who stands where Kurt Cobain once stood?
It is a tough spot and will be highly scrutinized.
It will likely be a notable musician with close ties to the band members or perhaps somebody a little less well known who was close to Cobain.