The surviving members of Nirvana – one of the most influential rock acts of the 90s – reunited for a brief yet powerful six-song set on Saturday night (6 October) at the end of Foo Fighters’ headlining Cal Jam performance.
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Finding himself behind the drum kit once again, Dave Grohl and his bandmate Pat Smear were joined by Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. Rolling back the years to revisit a period of time the former Nirvana members have rarely indulged in since the band’s 1994 demise, they were joined by Deer Tick’s John McCauley on guitar and vocals and later punk pioneer Joan Jett, also on guitar and vocals. They were later augmented by The Distillers’ Brody Dalle on bass when Novoselic later switched to accordion.
The brief set was divided into two distinct halves, with McCauley playing and singing on ‘Serve The Servants’, ‘Scentless Apprentice’ and ‘In Bloom’ at the start with Joan Jett later taking over for ‘Breed’, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘All Apologies’, which included Brody Dalle’s low-end contributions. Check out the footage here:
The surprise set came at the end Foo Fighters’ headline slot at the Cal Jam festival at San Bernadino’s Glen Helen Regional Park. Also appearing at the event was Iggy Pop, who was reunited with the Pop Post Depression Band – that’ll be Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita as well as bassist Matt Sweeney and Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders – for a set that once again focussed on 2016’s Post Pop Depression album and his two David Bowie-produced albums, Lust For Life and The Idiot.
Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Novoselic reunited last month to perform Nirvana’s rendition of the Vaselines’ ‘Molly’s Lips’ during a Foo Fighters concert in Seattle.
John McCauley and Joan Jett had previously acted as guest vocalists when the surviving Nirvana members performed together to celebrate the band’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2014.