Courtney Love still guards Nirvana rights

2013-05-30 20:45
Los Angeles - Courtney Love is preventing Nirvana's music being used for a "jukebox musical".

The Doll Parts singer - widow of grunge band's late songwriter Kurt Cobain, and shareholder in the rights to the band's back catalogue - sees herself as the only person stopping the group's songs being used in commercials, or for a musical stage production like Green Day's American Idiot or Queen's We Will Rock You.

She told Bust magazine: "Somebody has to guard the gates of this thing. Because you know what would happen? The second I sell [the rights], it becomes a jukebox musical, makes a billion dollars, and you've got jazz hands on Broadway.

"Or [Kurt will] be in Gatorade commercials. I will never sell the fucking stakes I have in it, because no one else will bother protecting him."

A new solo record

Courtney, 48, also thinks some of the people who try to start relationships with her are only really after the rights to the Nirvana catalogue.

She said: "I haven't slept with a musician in ages. I go for the safe business guys, and then they see [the Nirvana publishing rights] and they go, 'Boing! You should sell that shit!'"

Courtney is also working on a new solo record, the follow up to 2010's Nobody's Daughter, and planning the release of two tracks.

She added: "I have two excellent songs, and I have two new really good songs, and I'd rather just release the two excellent songs, like an old-school single.

"The first song, Wedding Day, is impeccably great as a slab of really raw rock with an insane hook.

"The second song is called California. I've written Malibu, Pacific Coast Highway, and Sunset Strip, so if I want to call something California, it had better be good."