Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were interviewed in Kerrang’s new ‘Nirvana Reunited’ magazine. While the magazine suggests the band are back based on their recent Cal Jam reunion performance, Grohl and Novoselic seemed open to possible work in the future, but into turning it into a ‘circus.’ Grohl hinted that more Cal Jam type performances are possible, but Grohl and Novoselic didn’t seem to have any huge reunion tour currently in the works.
Dave Grohl said, “After we played the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I considered the idea that, if there was an opportunity, we could do it again. But it’s delicate territory, and you can’t treat it like just another show. It’s very complicated, and very special. In those moments, when it just happens naturally, I think is the best way.”
Krist Novoselic said he isn’t sure if there will be a performance like it again, but he left the door open for some possibilities.
“Personally, it was great to play with those guys again, and to play those songs.”
He said he doesn’t see it becoming a ‘regular thing’ and it ‘won’t become a whole circus.’
The interviewer mentioned that more Nirvana reunion performances don’t have to be a circus, as they’ve now done it. Novoselic mentioned that there was a hearse outside his window right when the interviewer said that, mentioning it was ‘pretty weird.’
Later in the interview, Novoselic seemed more open to further work with Grohl, especially when it came to writing new music.
“I don’t see why not. Maybe if the right circumstances present themselves we’d do it, because we’ve done it before with Pat and with Paul McCartney on Cut Me Some Slack, so why not?”
After Foo Fighters’ Cal Jam festival a week and a half 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)