Nirvana fans were given just a taste of what it must have been like to see the band back in the day when the band’s former bassist Krist Novoselic joined Foo Fighters for a spirited run through of a cover of The Vaselines’ ‘Molly Lips’.
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Appropriately, the cover took place at Seattle’s Safeco Field on Saturday night (1 September) where Foo Fighters were playing a headlining gig as part of their massive Concrete And Gold tour.
“This is an old song, we haven’t done this song together in a long time,” Grohl told that crowd after Novoselic came onstage. The performance is only the second time Foo Fighters and Novoselic – whose new band Giants In The Trees were the opening act Safeco – have played the cover live together. They previously played a one-off rendition of the song in September 2015 during a gig in Scotland.
Nirvana played ‘Molly’s Lips’ some 50 times during their heyday in the early 90s. As well covering the song for a John Peel session, a version also appeared on the limited edition Hormoaning EP, which later ended up on the odds’n’sods album, Incesticide.
Anyway… back to Saturday night’s cover version, which you can check out here:
Actually, that’s not half bad, though not quite as exciting as when some of us caught Nirvana playing the song with its co-writer Eugene Kelly at the Reading Festival way back when. Just sayin’…
And who knows? It might happen again when Giants In The Trees perform at the Foo Fighters’ Cal Jam 2018 festival on 16 October in San Bernadino, CA. The event’s impressive line-up also features punk godfather Iggy Pop, Tenacious D, Garbage and Deer Tick.