Jesse James Dupree Recalls Early Jackyl Show Where Nirvana Showed Up And Was Almost Kicked Out
Think back…way back to the early 90s. The start of the grunge movement. While bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, STP and others were taking off, there was a rock band from Georgia that was about to take the rock world by storm as well. That band was Jackyl. The band with a rowdy, chainsaw wielding front man who was determined to keep rock alive.
This is a story where both worlds collided one night in the northwest.
On a recent Talkin’ Rock with Meltdown episode, Jesse James Dupree of Jackyl told me about a show early in the band’s career, where the band Nirvana was almost thrown out!
It all took place at a show in Seattle. Jesse explained “The guys in Nirvana, we were on the same label, they came out to see us when we were in Seattle. And we broke into “I Stand Alone” and they started slam dancing. And the security guards grabbed them and threw them out.” He told me it was the entire band, along with Courtney Love. He went on to say he saw what happened, and yelled to the stage manager to go let them back in the side door. Jesse said when they came back in, they hung on the side of the stage until the show was over.
“At the end of the night, they were drinking draft beer out of gallon milk jugs.” Jesse said he’d never forget that. “Kurt was sitting in Courtney’s lap, like a child, ya know. We literally had to help him get to the car. They partied their ass off.”
The reason Jesse and I started talking about Nirvana, is because in the Foo Fighters’ movie “Studio 666”, the Jackyl song “The Lumberjack” is used in an absolutely grisly death scene. Jesse told me he’d watched the scene the song is used in. Jesse told me he appreciated Dave Grohl using his song in the movie. “Dave is obviously hands-on with everything he does. I thought it was great placement and were proud to be part of it.”
As far as Dave himself, Jesse said he’s got a lot of respect for him. “I’m proud of him. When you see someone that takes a negative, adverse situation, and turns it into something positive, that’s what you got to do.”