The Backstory Of Axl Rose And Kurt Cobain’s Feud, Why Nirvana And Guns N’ Roses Hated Each Other?
Late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain revealed the story behind his dispute with Guns N’ Roses lead vocalist Axl Rose during his speech at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, and apparently, the infamous feud between the iconic lead singers heated up and became verbally abusive before the show.
As many of you know, there was a notorious beef between Guns N Roses’ Axl Rose and Nirvana’ Kurt Cobain which started with mutual statements during interviews, first ignited by Cobain who didn’t make pleasant explanations about his opinions on Guns N’ Roses.
While there wasn’t a significant problem between the two legendary bands, it actually got worse when Axl Rose had asked Nirvana to play at his birthday party as well as asking them to join Guns N’ Roses on tour with Metallica and was rejected by Nirvana for both of his offers.
The feud escalated pretty quickly when Axl Rose ran out of patience and understanding, he insulted Kurt Cobain and his wife Courtney Love because of their infamous heroin addiction, furthermore, stating that it would be their fault and should even go to prison if their baby girl borns ‘deformed.’
While there’s so much more detail about the scandalous fight between two of the greatest lead vocalists, one of the highlights of the feud must be the time when Kurt Cobain got into a fight with Axl Rose while there was also Courtney Love and their little baby with them.
The incident happened right before the MTV Video Music Awards back in 1992, when Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love were just casually sitting with their baby, the couple saw Axl Rose walking by and happened to ask him if he’ll be the godfather of their child.
While it must have been intended as an innocent joke, Axl Rose wasn’t having it since he started a fight by shouting, insulting, and threatening the couple. Being a little scared since he was holding his child during the fight, Nirvana frontman actually didn’t step back and even made fun of Axl’s statements during the aggressive conversation.
Here is what Kurt Cobain said:
“You know, yesterday my wife and I were sitting in a tent at the MTV Music Awards. Axl Rose walked by us and we yelled at Axl, we said, ‘Axl, will you be the godfather of our child?‘ And he stopped, turned around, pointed his finger my way, 20 bodyguards with him, and you had a three-week-old baby in your arms and I had a little helpless child in my arms. And so he said to my wife, ‘You better shut up bitch. Don’t pinch me to shit tonight.’ Because tonight was obviously the highlight of his career and then he looked at me and said, ‘You better keep your wife shut or I’m gonna take you to the pavement.’ I was shaking, I went, ‘What? What are you going to do? Beat me up?’ And he said, ‘You better keep your wife’s mouth shut. You embarrass everybody, you embarrass your wife.’ I told my wife to, ‘shut up bitch!'”
You can listen to the audio of Kurt Cobain’s speech right below.