Watch Last Night’s Six Song Nirvana Reunion at Cal Jam
After teasing the possibility, the Foo Fighters presented the audience at their Cal Jam festival with a six-track Nirvana reunion last night (Oct. 6). Surviving members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear were joined by Deer Tick’s John McCaulay for “Serve the Servants,” “Scentless Apprentice” and “In Bloom,” before Joan Jett took over for “Breed,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “All Apologies,” with Brodie Dalle making an appearance for the final track. You can see all six songs in the videos below.
It’s the first time since 2014 that the band regrouped under the name of Kurt Cobain’s band. Last time, at their Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction, they were also joined by Jett and McCaulay, and that had been their first show since Cobain’s death in 1994. All six songs performed last night had been played at their aftershow party, with the same singers in Cobain’s place, with the exception of “In Bloom,” which had been previously sung by Jett.
Nirvana reunion: "Serve the Servants"
Nirvana reunion: "Scentless Apprentice"
Nirvana reunion: "In Bloom"
“Thanks, Nirvana, for the opportunity,” McCaulay said before leaving the stage, and Grohl told the crowd, “Yeah, we have someone else who wants to come up and sing a song with us. Ladies and gentlemen, would you please welcome the fucking greatest rock ’n’ roller around… Joan Jett is here tonight!” After “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Novoselic said, “Joan, you’re the best” and “John, thank you so much,” noting that he was enjoying the “awesome” experience. After thanking the Foo Fighters and Grohl, he told the audience, “I want to hear one big cheer for Kurt Cobain.” Satisfied with the result, he patted Grohl on the shoulder, gave a thumbs-up and grabbed his accordion for final track “All Apologies.”
After taking their bows, Grohl said, ““Thank you Cal Jam. We’ll see you next year. That was fucking awesome – I hope you had a good time.”
Nirvana reunion: "Breed"
Nirvana reunion: "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
Nirvana reunion: "All Apologies"
Nirvana Reunion at Cal Jam 18 – Set List
“Serve the Servants”
“Smells Like Teen Spirit”