Nirvana Member ‘Screwed Up’ Reunion Songs


Krist Novoselic discussed ‘screwing up’ during rehearsals for Nirvana’s Cal Jam 2018 reunion performance in a new Kerrang interview.

“I screwed up on a couple of things, but John was there to say, ‘No, it goes like this, Krist!’ which was very useful (laughs). Dave was busy blasting away throughout, and it was such a pleasure to hear him playing drums. The concrete room backstage was not a very romantic place- it’s almost like a closet with concrete walls and a concrete floor. It was just so loud. Obviously Joan came down and Brody [Dalle], too, but it felt really good, and we were all on the same page straight away.”

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was recently asked about the reunion on Instagram.

A fan asked, “What do you think of the ‘nirvana’ reunion. Excuse the non Shiny tour related?”

Corgan responded, “I love anytime the boys get together and play. Brings back a lot of great memories.”

After Foo Fighters’ Cal Jam festival two weeks ago in San Bernardino, CA, Nirvana reunited as the surprise Cal Jam headliner to perform their material for only the second time since Kurt Cobain’s death in April 1994.

The only other time Nirvana performed their material was in April 2014 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Barclays Center in New York, and then for another gig later that night at Saint Vitus. Nirvana were joined by two performers from their 2014 New York performances, Joan Jett and Deer Tick’s John McCauley. You can view videos and photos from the performance below.

Grohl, Novoselic, and Smear have performed together many times in recent years, including with Paul McCartney in 2012 and 2013 to perform their original song “Cut Me Some Slack,” which they later won a Grammy for. They also covered David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World” at a Grammys party with Beck in early 2016, and performed “Molly’s Lips” this past summer at Safeco Field in Seattle.

Nirvana filmed their April 2014 Saint Vitus performance professionally, but it has yet to be officially released, though Foo Fighters did upload clips to tease the Nirvana reunion performance.

Nirvana 2018 Reunion Setlist:
Serve The Servants (with John McCauley)
Scentless Apprentice (with John McCauley)
In Bloom (with John McCauley)
Breed (with Joan Jett)
Smells Like Teen Spirit (with Joan Jett)
All Apologies (with Joan Jett and Brody Dalle)