Nir­vana Re­unite!

Sur­viv­ing Nir­vana mem­bers per­form to­gether for guest-fronted re­union

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

The re­main­ing mem­bers of Nir­vana have per­formed the band’s mu­sic for only the sec­ond time since Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994. The band - Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and In Utero-era tour­ing gui­tarist/Foo Fighter, Pat Smear - re­u­nited at Foo Fight­ers’ sec­ond Cal Jam fes­ti­val on 6 Oc­to­ber, joined by Joan Jett and Deer Tick’s John McCauley tak­ing the place of the late Cobain.

The line-up last per­formed to­gether in 2014 when Nir­vana was in­ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, choos­ing Joan Jett, St Vin­cent (An­nie Clark), Sonic Youth’s Kim Gor­don and Lorde to front the band. The same night, they played a se­cret club show in­clud­ing Di­nosaur Jr’s J Mas­cis and John McCauley. The band’s Cal Jam ap­pear­ance was ru­moured as Foo Fight­ers, Novoselic’s lat­est project, Gi­ants In The Trees and Deer Tick were all added to the fes­ti­val lineup, and was fur­ther teased by Foo Fight­ers’ and Nir­vana’s so­cial me­dia ac­counts in the days lead­ing up to the fes­ti­val, post­ing clips from the 2014 club show.

On the night, the band took to the stage af­ter Foo Fight­ers’ head­line billing to rip through a six-song set of

InUtero and Nev­er­mind clas­sics. John McCauley tak­ing ‘Serve The Ser­vants’, Scent­less Ap­pren­tice’ and ‘In Bloom’, be­fore Joan Jett took over for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, ‘Breed’ and ‘All Apolo­gies’, the lat­ter also see­ing The Dis­tillers’ Brody Dalle join on bass, while Novoselic played ac­cor­dian.

Sport­ing drum­ming gloves, Grohl - who has been play­ing DW since join­ing Them Crooked Vul­tures in 2010 – sat be­hind his Laser Blue Jazz Series kit, stripped back to his clas­sic Nir­vana four-piece con­fig­u­ra­tion with an equally sim­plis­tic Zild­jian setup of hi-hats, two crashes and a ride to de­liver faith­ful ren­di­tions of his most-fa­mous beats and fills.

Dave Grohl has had a flurry of pub­lic out­ings be­hind the kit in re­cent months. First was his Play doc­u­men­tary, which saw seven Grohls jam­ming with each other for over 20 min­utes. Next up was his sit-in with Trom­bone Shorty for a run through Nir­vana’s ‘In Bloom’.

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