Sebastian Bach Shares Why Kurt Cobain Didn’t Stick With Skid Row As The Band’s Name

Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach posted a tweet in response to a fan’s comment to explain why late Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain changed the band’s name from Skid Row to Nirvana while he was looking for the right name.

As you may know, Nirvana co-founders Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic met when they were students at Aberdeen High School. Cobain wanted to form a band with Novoselic, but he was reluctant to do it until Kurt sent him the ‘Fecal Matter’ demo tape. Thus, they founded their first band, which was a tribute band for Creedence Clearwater Revival, named The Sellouts.

Following that, Cobain and Novoselic started writing and composing new materials as they had decided to pursue a professional music career. They used various names, such as Skid Row, Pen Cap Chew, and Ted Ed Fred, until they chose Nirvana. According to the late frontman, Nirvana sounded nicer and more effective than the band’s previous names.

Sebastian Bach shared what he read in an article about Kurt’s decision over the band’s name when a fan reflected his thoughts about two Skid Rows on Twitter. In the article, Kurt’s former bandmate Dave Grohl revealed that Cobain decided not to keep Skid Row as ‘it wasn’t appealing enough.’ So, Bach’s Skid Row remained the only one to continue its musical journey.

A fan’s comment read:

“There were only two good Skid Row bands: Sebastian Bach’s and Kurt Cobain’s.

Here’s what Bach wrote in his tweet:

“I read an article once with Dave Grohl, and they asked why they didn’t keep the name Skid Row. He answered ‘because it wasn’t appealing enough.’ Brilliant!”

You can see the tweets below.