Watch Foo Fighters Stage Nirvana Reunion With Joan Jett, Deer Tick’s John McCauley at Cal Jam
Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic reunite for six-song set to close out San Bernardino, California fest
AsÂ strongly hinted,Â Foo FightersÂ staged aÂ NirvanaÂ reunion to close out their Cal Jam as Dave Grohl and Pat Smear reconnected withÂ Krist NovoselicÂ and enlistedÂ Deer Tick’s John McCauley andÂ Joan JettÂ for a six-song set during the encore.
Both McCauley and Jett served as guest vocalists when the survivingÂ NirvanaÂ membersÂ performed together to celebrate the band’s inductionÂ into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
Foo Fighters, Deer Tick and Novoselic’s new project Giants in the Trees wereÂ previously announced as Cal Jam performers, leading to speculation that the Rock Hall version of Nirvana would reunite. Jett’sÂ late additionÂ to Cal Jam cemented the Nirvana reunion.
At Cal Jam, both singers handled vocals on a trio of Nirvana classics: McCauley sang “Serve the Servants,” “Scentless Apprentice” and “In Bloom,” with Jett taking lead on “Breed,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “All Apologies.” On the latter track, Novoselic played accordion as the Distillers’ Brody Dalle filled in on bass.
“I just wanna hear a big cheer for somebody. I wanna hear a big cheer for Kurt Cobain,” Novoselic told the Cal Jam audience prior to “All Apologies.”
Grohl, Smear and NovoselicÂ reunited in SeptemberÂ to perform Nirvana’s rendition of the Vaselines’ “Molly’s Lips” together during a Foo Fighters concert in Seattle.