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Pat Smear Thinks Surviving Nirvana Members Should Play Old Tunes Live

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Pat Smear joined Nirvana in 1993 as a second guitarist and recently shared his personal thoughts on the legacy of the music and his feelings about the surviving members playing Nirvana songs live in the absence of Kurt Cobain, who died in 1994.

Smear, who was part of Nirvana’s legendary ‘MTV Unplugged in New York’ recording, was only in the band for six months. When it comes to playing Nirvana songs live, Smear told Digital Spy that he recognizes that it’s a lot different for him than it is for Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. ‘I think that’s different for those guys than it is for me,” Smear said. “I know Nirvana’s a strange thing. It means a lot to a lot of people. I personally wouldn’t have a problem with it.”

Smear has joined surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic on stage a few times in recent years – once at a Foo Fighters show in 2010 and then along with Paul McCartney in December of 2012 and July 2013. These appearances often open up the discussion regarding playing the iconic songs.

“Yeah, why the f— wouldn’t we play Nirvana songs?!,” said Smear. “That’s my attitude. I get it, y’know, but I don’t know… for me it’s like, ‘Why wouldn’t we?’”

Smear wrapped it up talking about his time with Nirvana and leaving the door wide open. “It was one of those crazy things,” Smear shared. “It was fun, it was amazing. It’s great to play with those guys again – always. We’ve done it enough times now that it kind of feels comfortable.”

When asked who he thought could front the band, Smear, like many people, didn’t have a definitive answer, simply stating, “I’ve never thought about who else could do it.”

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