Anthony Kiedis Says He Felt Pretty Nervous Hanging Around With Kurt Cobain
Red Hot Chili Peppers members recently appeared on The Howard Stern Show and were asked about how it was like to hit the road with Nirvana. The band’s lead singer Anthony Kiedis revealed he admired Kurt Cobain so much that he felt nervous around him.
RHCP released their breakthrough album ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ on September 24, 1991. During the early 1990s, the band extensively toured to support the album. They were accompanied by several notable bands such as Pearl Jam, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Nirvana. The Smashing Pumpkins supported RHCP on the tour’s first leg, but then Nirvana came in when they left.
During a recent conversation, the band members looked back on touring with Nirvana, and the band’s guitarist John Frusciante explained that both Pearl Jam and Nirvana were exceptional bands. Still, the latter was different since they considered them an influential and respectable group. He also added that Nirvana always pushed them to be a better band and improve their live shows.
Later on, Anthony Kiedis replied to a question about what it was like to spend time with Kurt Cobain. Kiedis stated that he felt pretty nervous when around Cobain as he respected him a lot. The singer remembered that Cobain wasn’t very talkative, but they still shared some good moments. Kiedis described Cobain as a relaxed, warm, and emotional person who tends to be introspective. The singer thinks that the Nirvana frontman left an unforgettable legacy behind him with his powerful music.
When asked about what it was like to spend time with Cobain, Kiedis replied:
“I mean, I was usually pretty nervous whenever I was hanging around with him just because I was in awe, and he wasn’t the type who wanted to discuss being a frontman, he was just shy and in his energetic state, but Flea and I had some nice moments with him at a some MTV show, where we snuck away and went backstage and just sat with him while he was getting ready to play.
And that was a nice experience. He was loose and warm and inviting and relaxed, and it wasn’t like he had been on tour for a long time and was all emotionally chaotic. He was quite within himself. He was a beautiful dude, and he left us with a ton of unbelievable music and energy.”
You can watch RHCP talking about touring with Nirvana below.