Dave Grohl Returns To Where Nirvana Made History With Pearl Jam

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One of the few times Nirvana shared a bill with Pearl Jam (and Red Hot Chili Peppers) was on December 28, 1991 at the Pat O’Brien Pavillion near the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and on Friday, Dave Grohl returned to Del Mar for the first time in 27 years when Foo Fighters headlined the KAABOO festival.

The San Diego Union Tribune reports that Grohl said it was “nice to be back again, after 27 years?”

The pavilion is very close to the Rolling Stone Sunset Cliffs Stage the Foo Fighters headlined on Friday.

Recalling the lineup of that 1991 concert, a beaming Grohl told the KAABOO audience: “I gotta say, it was a pretty good bill!” He then cited the opening act, “a very young band called Pearl Jam,” and the headliners: “What the hell were they called? … Red Hot Chili Peppers.”

The Tribune surprisingly notes that Red Hot Chili Peppers were the only band out of the three 90’s rock titans listed on the ticket stub.

“Grohl also didn’t mention that the only performer’s name to be printed on the ticket for that Bill Silva Presents-produced 1991 show was the Peppers’. Nor did he note that — buoyed by the success of the band’s single, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ — Nirvana’s game-changing Nevermind album bumped Michael Jackson from the top of the Billboard national charts just two weeks later.”

Setlist:
All My Life
Learn to Fly
The Pretender
The Sky Is a Neighborhood
These Days
Walk
My Hero
Drum Solo
Sunday Rain
Another One Bites the Dust / Imagine / Jump / Blitzkrieg Bop
Under Pressure (Queen cover)
Monkey Wrench
Best of You
Everlong

  • Raj

    I saw the Del Mar fairgrounds when I was in a car in California and the first thing that popped in my mind was hey that’s where Nirvana played!