Nirvana played a surprise show in Brooklyn, here’s the 16-song setlist

on April 11, 2014, 8:25am

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The surviving members of Nirvana played together not once, but twice on Thursday night/Friday morning. Following their all-star performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear hightailed it to the 230-capacity Brooklyn club Saint Vitus for a surprise, invite-only show.

According to Noisey, the band took the stage around 2:30am and proceed to play a 16-song set comprised entirely of Nirvana material. Once again, they were accompanied by a cavalcade of guest singers, including St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, Sonic Youth’s Kim GordonJoan Jett, Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis, and Deer Tick’s  John McCauley. Maybe it was past Lorde’s bedtime?

For her part, Clark sang lead on “Lithium”, “About A Girl”, and “Heart Shaped Box”, while J Mascis took the stage for “Drain You”, “Penny Royal Tea”, and “School”. Gordon helped closed out the performance, fronting the band for “Aneurysm”, “Negative Creep”, and “Moist Vagina”. You can see the full setlist, along with a few fan-shot video clips, below.

Smells Like Teen Spirit (with Joan Jett)
Breed (with Joan Jett)
In Bloom (with Joan Jett)
Territorial Pissings (with Joan Jett)
Drain You (with J. Mascis)
Penny Royal Tea (with J. Mascis)
School (with J. Mascis)
Lithium (with Annie Clark)
About A Girl (with Annie Clark)
Heart Shaped Box (with Annie Clark)
Serve the Servants (with John McCauley)
Scentless Apprentice (with John McCauley)
Tourette’s (with John McCauley)
Aneurysm (with Kim Gordon)
Negative Creep (with Kim Gordon)
Moist Vagina (with Kim Gordon)

“Heart Shaped Box” w/ St. Vincent:

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” w/ Joan Jett:

“School” w/ J Mascis:


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Nikita Skorobogatov
April 12, 2014 at 8:54 pm

I hate to be that guy, but how could you possibly misspell “Pennyroyal Tea”? I mean, it’s Nirvana we’re talking about, show some respect:)

April 11, 2014 at 11:40 am

J Mascis Video

April 11, 2014 at 10:32 am

Durr lorde is 17. And aweful.

April 11, 2014 at 10:22 am

Could they please just perform and/or record with Ty Segall?


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