Friday, May 13, 2011


Kurt Cobain & Michael Stipe
Michael Stipe has revealed that he “reached out to” Kurt Cobain with a proposed musical collaboration, in an effort to save Cobain’s life.

Speaking to Interview magazine, the R.E.M. frontman said: “I knew him and his daughter. And Courtney [Love] came and stayed at my house. R.E.M. worked on two records in Seattle and Peter Buck lived next door to Kurt and Courtney. So we all knew each other. I reached out to him with that project as an attempt to prevent what was going to happen.”

Cobain initially agreed to the project, but he backed out at the last minute. “I sent him a plane ticket and a driver,” Stipe said, “and he tacked the plane ticket to the wall in the bedroom and the driver sat outside the house for 10 hours. Kurt wouldn’t come out and wouldn’t answer the phone.”

Stipe went on to say he didn’t feel it was his place to get on a plane and go to Seattle: “I was doing what I thought was the best thing to do at the time,” he said. “And, you know, frankly I’m not great with heroin addicts.”

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