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Nirvana Bass Player Calls All-Female-Fronted Rock Hall of Fame Performance “Good Tribute to Kurt”

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicIn a blog post on Monday, entitled “Punk Rock Gender Parity,” Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic called the band’s set last Thursday at its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction — in which a succession of female rockers stood in for late frontman Kurt Cobain — a “good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.”

“I am so happy about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame event and how it went so well,” Novoselic writes. “This, for me, is a bittersweet notion as we all miss Kurt so much. But considering we were inducted, the show had to go on. Joan Jett was first on my list to be out front. I spoke to Dave [Grohl] about it and he ran with the idea of having all women lead. We felt that would be a good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.”

He continues, “It was a good balance of females as Joan Jett and Kim Gordon are matriarchs of Punk Rock, while St. Vincent and Lorde represent the powerful up-and-coming women in Rock. Every one of these performances nailed a Nirvana tune in their own way.”

As previously reported, fronting a band comprised of Nirvana’s surviving members, Jett performed “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” St. Vincent performed “Lithium,” Sonic Youth‘s Gordon performed “Aneurysm” and Lorde sang “All Apologies.”

The final song was a particular stand-out for Novoselic. “I had fun on the last song because I got to play accordion and all of our guests were on stage for a gala closing,” he noted.

HBO will air an edited version of the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony May 31.

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New Version of Aerosmith’s “Dream On” Featured in TV Special Marking Boston Marathon Bombing Anniversary

Courtesy of E:60Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have recorded an updated version of their band’s classic song “Dream On” for a TV special paying tribute to the victims of the bombings at last year’s Boston Marathon. The two rockers teamed up with the Southern California Children’s Chorus for a unique live performance of the tune that will be featured on Dream On: Stories from Boston’s Strongest, which will premiere Saturday on ABC at 4 p.m. ET, and then will air again Tuesday — the one-year anniversary of the attacks — on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET.

The hour-long program, which is the spring 2014 premiere episode of ESPN’s E:60 news magazine series, will focus include five profiles of people who survived the bombings. The show is hosted by ABC News journalist Bob Woodruff and narrated by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Three people lost their lives and more than 260 others were injured after a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of last year’s marathon.

In a clip of a video interview with the Aerosmith stars posted on ESPN’s YouTube channel, Tyler explains why he feels “Dream On” is a special song for Boston following the 2013 tragedy. “‘Sing with me, sing for the years, sing for the laughter, sing for the tears’ — it’s almost like it was written for this unfortunate event,” says the frontman.

Adds Perry, “It’s one of those rare songs [that] can apply to a lot of different things. You can interpret it how you want, which is really the magic of music…It can apply to something very personal and small or…a big event like what happened in Boston.”

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Robert Plant Among Stars Set to Rock 2014 Glastonbury Festival

Photo: Oli PowellThe initial lineup for the 2014 edition of the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival has been announced and while the bill doesn’t include any acts quite so famous as last year’s headliners The Rolling Stones, a number of renowned veteran artists will be rocking the stage. Among this year’s performers will be Robert Plant and his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters, as well as Blondie, Bryan Ferry, the late Bob Marley‘s backing group The Wailers and ex-Dr. Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, who just released a collaborative album with The Who‘s Roger Daltrey.

The 2014 Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is scheduled to take place from June 25 to June 29 at Worthy Farm in Pilton, England. Other major acts on the lineup include Dolly Parton, Jack White, Arcade Fire, Suzanne Vega, The Pixies and The Black Keys. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Releases “Symphony Interrupted” Wine

tkYou can add “winemaker” to Dave Mustaine‘s resume. The Megadeth frontman — who’s busy practicing classical music for his upcoming Symphony Interrupted gig with the San Diego Symphony — is now taking pre-orders for Mustaine Vineyards’ limited-edition Symphony Interrupted 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Cabernet is described as being a “spectacular fusion of art, music, and exquisite wine.” It’s bottled under Mustaine’s boutique label and is being sold by Fallbrook Winery, for $40 per bottle. Quantities are limited and purchases are topped at three bottles per customer.

You can find out how to order on the Mustaine Vineyards website.

The Symphony Interrupted show will take place on Saturday, April 12, at the Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego. Tickets are sold out, but current ticket holders can upgrade to a VIP package — including a meet-and-greet with Mustaine — for $200 more.

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Dio Tribute Album to Get East Coast Weekend Listening Party

Adrenaline PRAs previously reported, the Ronnie James Dio tribute album This Is Your Life will hit retail and digital outlets next week. This weekend, however, will see an official East Coast unleashing of the album at a listening party in Brooklyn, New York, with all proceeds to benefit Dio’s Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. Ronnie lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010.

This Is Your Life contains covers of Dio classics from Metallica, Scorpions, Motörhead, Judas Priest‘s Rob Halford, Anthrax, Tenacious D and Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, plus former members of Dio, Rainbow and Black Sabbath.

Taylor tells ABC News Radio that there was no question in his mind which song he’d choose to contribute — he was adamant about recording “Rainbow in the Dark.” He says, “When I was asked to do this, I knew that there was only one song that I wanted to do. And luckily it was open, so I definitely called dibs.”

Taylor explains that the tune has “been one of my favorite songs since I was young. I can remember seeing the video on MTV and just being transfixed by it. Just the song itself is so powerful — a really amazing song.”

Taylor’s version of “Rainbow in the Dark” is available for streaming at GuitarWorld.com.

The first single from This Is Your Life was released earlier this week. The tune is by Metallica – it’s called “Ronnie Rising” and is actually a four-song medley of Dio songs, streaming now on Rolling Stone.com.

The This Is Your Life East Coast listening party hits Duff’s bar in Brooklyn on Saturday, March 29, at 10 p.m. ET.

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