Founding Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has announced that his new band Giants in the Trees are opening for Foo Fighters at Safeco Field in Seattle on September 1, 2018. Surviving Nirvana members Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, and Pat Smear last performed together at Safeco Field on July 19, 2013 with Paul McCartney. They performed their original Grammy award winning song “Cut Me Some Slack” and The Beatles classic “Helter Skelter.”
See the announcement below from the official Giants in the Trees Twitter account.
— Giants In The Trees (@InGiants) June 15, 2018
Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic discussed returning to touring and recording with Giants in the Trees in a new KEXP interview. He claimed that touring again has shown him that rock is not dead.
“It seems like it’s basically the same, I think. At least on the level we’re playing, if you’ve got a good crowd and you’ve got good music, it’s an event. When a band starts playing and people congregate, it’s to celebrate the phenomenon of music. And I’m grateful people know the songs now. When we started to play out, people really didn’t know the music. So we were asking a lot of the audience — like, here’s this new band, check us out! But now a lot of people know the material so they recognize some songs they like.
Playing clubs — when I first started playing clubs in the late ’80s, it’s pretty much the same. You get there for soundcheck and you can smell the beer and the bleach from the night before. It’s the same old thing. It’s a very Venture Capitalist system. People take a chance on you and promote the band and if you sell tickets and get good attendance, you make money. If not, you eat your shorts. It’s a high risk, very capitalist business, especially the local music scene. And you don’t want to fool yourself; you’re selling beer and booze. It’s better now, though, because there’s no smoking. Before, when you went out, your clothes would end up smelling like cigarettes – and I used to smoke. But now they’ve banned smoking and it’s a lot better. It’s great that rock ‘n’ roll is still alive and people are still doing it, too.”
KISS icon Gene Simmons infamously stated in 2014 that rock was dead.