Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis Says Cobain Asked Him To Join Nirvana – Twice

Frontman for legendary stoner grunge group Dinosaur Jr. has revealed in a recent interview with Spin that Kurt Cobain had asked him to join Nirvana, not just on one occasion, but two. The first offer came when Cobain had been speaking to Mascis after a show in 1989 at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey.

“Nirvana was playing Maxwell’s and after the show I was talking to Kurt and [Sonic Youth’s] Thurston Moore,” Mascis explains. “Kurt said, ‘You should join my band.’ I think he was sick of the guy Jason [Everman] who was in the band at the time, and thought I should play guitar. I didn’t think much about it.”

He then explains that Cobain had tried again soon after, when they needed a drummer for an upcoming single. “There was also talk of playing drums on a single [1990’s ‘Sliver’] they were doing,” he continued, “But it ended up being [Mudhoney drummer] Dan Peters.” Of course Mascis never took that offer either, and eventually Dale Crover filled in for some tour dates before a little-known sticks man named Dave Grohl joined as the permanent drummer.

Dinosaur Jr. recently released their new LP I Bet on Sky, you can read our full review here.

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