Krist Novoselic, way back in the day
When Krist Novoselic started typing for our Seattle Weekly bridge partners last November, the Flipper bassist made it clear his every-Tuesday column wouldn’t be a Ray-Manzarek-style wax-museum guide: “I don’t do a lot of Nirvana interviews. I could do a documentary interview about the band everyday, forever!” And over the last 12 months, he’s mostly opined about lefty-pet subjects like progressive politics, universal voter registration, and Prop 8, along with posting the occasional rare MP3, Flipper live bit, or Fisher-Price handy-cam Mudhoney snippet.
But yesterday, for his column’s first anniversary, Krist indulged comment-stalkers with his version of what really happened during his ill-fated, head-bleeding bass toss on the 1992 MTV Awards—and it involved minor backstage altercations with Axl (on behalf of Kurt and Courtney) and now-fellow SW columnist (more on that later) Duff McKagan. First, the Kurt, Courtney, and Axl incident:
Soonafter, Krist runs into Duff:
So then Krist gets onstage, tosses the bass up high, “over 25 feet, easy!” Then: “Ouch!” It’s ultimately okay: he ends up backstage sipping champagne (“wonderful medicine”) with Brian May. The entire recollection is worth reading, if only for a glimpse into Krist’s psyche. But the real reward here is the comments section, whereupon Duff McKagan responds:
Pretty sure this is why the Internet was invented.
Fast-forward to the 4:30 minute mark to see the Great Bass Toss
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 19, 2008