Pat Smear interview
This interview by NFC with Pat Smear was done in Sep. 2002.
Pat started his career in The Germs, the legendary L.A. punk band founded by him and Darby Crash in '77. After The Germs ended, Pat worked with a number of bands and artists such as Nina Hagen.
He joined Nirvana in 1993 to help Kurt Cobain concentrate more on his vocals at live shows, and take away some of the pressure of his guitar playing. Pat would play more than 50 shows with Nirvana including the legendary "Unplugged" performance, and the very last show in Munich on March 1, 1994. After Nirvana ended he joined Dave Grohl to play guitar for the Foo Fighters from 1995 to 1997.
This interview mostly focuses on Pat's days with Nirvana but also brings up other aspects of his impressive music career.
Pat Smear on the cover
of the magazine BAM
Pat Smear is hands down one of the greatest rhythm guitar players to walk upon the stage.
The art of rhythm guitar is one that seems to only be discussed in secret by musicians who have mastered flash and are
getting on to the lesson of foundation and understanding it's complexity, and Pat is one of those players who just smile
and nail it every time.|
Should you ever meet him, you might be surprised that he is the kindest person alive and you may want to take notes on what he's wearing, as it's likely to be the style five years from now.
- Earnie Bailey (Nirvana/Foo Fighters guitar tech), October 2002.