Watch the Foo Fighters’ Epic Six-Song Nirvana ‘Reunion’ at Cal Jam 18

Watch the Foo Fighters’ Epic Six-Song Nirvana ‘Reunion’ at Cal Jam 18

The Foo Fighters‘ second Cal Jam festival went off over the weekend in Southern California — click here for our in-depth review — but all anybody could talk about once it ended was the Foos’ encore. (Photo above courtesy Chris Molina). And by “encore,” we’re referring, of course, to a six-song set of Nirvana songs, performed by Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear (i.e. three original members of Nirvana) alongside special guest vocalist John McCauley of Deer Tick and special guest vocalist Joan Jett.

This was rumored to be happening in the days leading up to the show, and it didn’t disappoint.

To put this spectacle into words is difficult. It was most of the same participants in the special post-Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction concert in Brooklyn back in 2014, but to a much bigger audience. To see Grohl and Novoselic back on stage together, playing Nirvana songs, was truly a remarkable spectacle.

Here’s “Serve the Servants,” the opening track to 1993’s In Utero:

Followed by “Scentless Apprentice”:

“In Bloom”:

McCauley then gave way to Joan Jett, who performed the final three songs of the short set — “Breed,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “All Apologies,” for which Novoselic switched over to accordion and Brody Dalle (of the Distillers) played bass.

We were there and saw it all unfold, too:

Simply put, it was an astounding spectacle and the most perfect way to cap off an excellent Cal Jam 18. Full recap coming soon!

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