Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear reunited and performed songs by Nirvana for the first time in 22 years at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday night. The band cemented their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with an epic four-song set that saw them joined by a cavalcade of female rock singers, specifically St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, Lorde, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, and Joan Jett.
Jett kicked things off by singing lead on “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. She was followed by Gordon, who fronted “Aneurysm”, then came St. Vincent for “Lithium”. The performance concluded with Lorde singing “All Apologies”. Watch brief clips below (via New York Daily News).
R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe introduced the band, with Grohl and Novoselic appearing alongside Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain’s mother. “This is about community,” Stipe said. “Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard. Keep in mind the times, this was the late 1980s. The idea of America — that hopeful idea — had been dismantled.”
Grohl delivered the longest of the four speeches, using his time to recognize the four drummers that came before him and thank his parents for letting him drop out of high school and follow his dreams. Novoselic kept his comments much shorter, remarking, “I wish Kurt was here tonight.” Love also kept words to a minimum, saying, “I have a big speech but I’m not going to say it. I just wish Kurt could have been here.” She then proceeded to give Grohl and Novoselic a hug. You can watch video of the full acceptance speech here.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air on HBO on May 31st.
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” w/ Joan Jett:
“Aneurysm” w/ Kim Gordon:
“Lithium” w/ St. Vincent:
“All Apologies” w/ Lorde: