It's rare to see the surviving members of Nirvana reunite to play the band's songs. Dave Grohl has addressed the issue in the past, stating how it would be unfaithful to the band's legacy to try and recreate the material without Kurt Cobain.
At Foo Fighters’ Cal Jam Fest earlier this month, the surviving members of Nirvana reunited on stage, marking just the second public performance by the group since Kurt Cobain’s passing in 1994. For their surprise six-song set, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear were joined by Joan Jett and Deer Tick’s John McCauley, who split vocal duties.
In a new interview with Kerrang! magazine, Grohl and Novoselic were asked if they had plans for any additional Nirvana performances in the future. Grohl admitted that he toyed with the idea of a Nirvana reunion tour following the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, during which Grohl, Novoselic, and Smear first reunited on stage.
“After we played the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I considered the idea that, if there was an opportunity, we could do it again,” he said.
“But it’s delicate territory, and you can’t treat it like just another show,” Grohl added. “It’s very complicated, and very special. In those moments, when it just happens naturally, I think is the best way.”
“Personally, it was great to play with those guys again, and to play those songs,” Novoselic remarked. However, like Grohl, Novoselic doesn’t see Nirvana reunion shows becoming a “regular thing” and added, “It “won’t become a whole circus.”
Novoselic did, however, add that he is open to working with his longtime friend and former drummer in other capacities. “If the right circumstances present themselves we’d do it, because we’ve done it before,” Novoselic said, noting their past collaboration with Paul McCartney on 2013's 'Cut Me Some Slack.'
It's interesting to note that during the two rare Nirvana reunion performances, the honor of being the vocalist went to Joan Jett. For her part, Jett has expressed that she'd be more than happy to join Nirvana on the road, if such a thing were to ever actually materialize.
“I can’t even contemplate that. I can’t even think that they would do that? If it comes up, I’ll figure it out then,” Jett during a recent appearance on the podcast 'Kyle Meredith With….'
Here's hoping that we get to see more of Nirvana live, in whatever form it might manifest. Meanwhile, relive Nirvana's performance at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony below, with Joan Jett helming the vocals and lead guitar for 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'.