In 2014, Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, cementing their already rock-solid place as one of the most influential and important rock and roll bands of all time. At the ceremony, Nirvana alumni Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear jammed at the Barclays Center with huge guest stars including Joan Jett, Lorde, St. Vincent and Kim Gordon.
Later that night, Grohl and his pals packed a tiny club in Brooklyn for a marathon set of Nirvana covers featuring some of those same guest vocalists, and others — and, in a new chat with Rolling Stone, Grohl said he hopes video footage of the night (which exists) shows up someday:
“When we realized that we were going to do it, I just called the people from my production company and said, “We need to film this,” and we loaded some cameras in there and and shot it without knowing what would ever come of it. But it would be a shame for that evening to be only a memory and and we’ve got it. And it was fucking great. It was cathartic and everybody involved, I think, understood that they were part of something like a dream.. I remember playing and looking and seeing Carrie Brownstein in the front row in the pit singing along to every song and, you know, getting to play drums behind Joan Jett or, god, playing “School” or fucking “Pennyroyal Tea” with J Mascis. It really was amazing. It was something else. Someday, I’m sure everybody’ll see it.”
Here’s the Bleach song “School” with J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr., which does exist in bootleg form:
This looks to have been a truly special, one-of-a-kind type of gig in an extremely intimate setting. Those who follow the Foo Fighters know Grohl rarely hardly ever plays songs from his Nirvana days, except for unique events such as this (or playing in Novoselic’s neck of the woods).
Here’s hoping Grohl’s right, and that video does show up sooner or later …