The show-stopping encore of the Foo Fighters‘ headlining set at Cal Jam 18 on Oct. 6 was a sight to see. For the first time in years, Dave Grohl went behind the kit, accompanied by bassist Krist Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear — three members of Nirvana — and played a handful of songs from the legendary grunge band’s career, accompanied by Deer Tick’s John McCauley and Joan Jett.
Oh, just @joanjett playing Smells Like Teen Spirit with Dave Grohl, @KristNovoselic and Pat Smear to close out @caljamfest after a great @foofighters set. No big deal. #Nirvana #RIPKurtCobain #CalJam18 pic.twitter.com/KtNRYIw8M6
— Rock Cellar Magazine (@RockCellarMag) October 7, 2018
It was pretty amazing, and inevitably set the internet ablaze with discussions and rumors of any further activity from the remaining members of the band. Of course, there’s no guarantee they’ll continue playing together to honor the memory of the band and late vocalist/guitarist Kurt Cobain, and that’s a sentiment Grohl and Novoselic reiterated in a new Kerrang! interview.
Said Grohl in the chat, as quoted by Alternative Nation:
“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.”
Novoselic also said he didn’t know if anything further would happen, but he had fun at Cal Jam:
“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.’
Novoselic also intimated that he’d be open to more studio work with Grohl and Smear. A couple years back, they teamed up with Paul McCartney for the track “Cut Me Some Slack,” as featured on the soundtrack for the documentary Sound City:
So, who knows what the future brings for those interested in seeing Nirvana songs performed live? Hopefully something …