When Lily Hirsch
, author of the book Weird Al: Seriously
, asked Yankovic how Cobain's 1994 suicide changed his perception of the song, he replied, "Certainly that song was very difficult to play in the month following Kurt Cobain's death because we were just about to go on tour or to continue a tour. I forget. But I was playing that song in the live show very soon after Kurt died. And in fact, we played it in Seattle a month after he killed himself."
Deciding to keep the song in the repertoire so soon after Cobain's tragic death was a difficult decision for Yankovic, who also had to consider what his own fans wanted.
"For a month or two following Kurt's passing, I would play the song but it started with a solemn dedication. And I kind of felt like I paid my respects, but at the same time I gave people the song they wanted to hear."