It’s one of the biggest reunion gigs in recent memory, but when the surviving members of Nirvana got back together for a secret show in 2014, it was all rock fans could talk about. Now, four years later, Dave Grohl has hinted that we might one day be seeing all the footage from this gig.
On April 10th, 2014, Nirvana were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While the ceremony also saw the famously combative Courtney Love burying the hatchet with Dave Grohl, fans also got to see the surviving members of the group play under the Nirvana name for the first time in almost 20 years.
The ceremony featured four songs being performed by Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear, alongside guest vocalists Joan Jett, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, and Lorde. Needless to say, fans were stoked to see such a performance, but the good news wasn’t over just yet.
Hours later, under 250 people packed into a crowded bar in Brooklyn to witness the first full Nirvana set in 20 years. Featuring 19 tracks performed alongside Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis, and Deer Tick’s John McAuley, the set was well-and-truly FOMO inducing.
However, despite the gig being professionally recorded, none of the footage has ever surfaced, but that might soon be about to change.
— J Mascis (@jmascis) May 24, 2018
“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’,” Dave explained. “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 we’ve got it.”
“It was fucking great. It was cathartic and everybody involved, I think, understood that they were part of something like a dream,” he recalled. “I remember playing and looking and seeing [Sleater-Kinney’s] 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.”
Check out Joan Jett performing ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ with a reunited Nirvana:
Nirvana @ St. Vitus Bar, Brooklyn, USA 10/04/14 Setlist
Smells Like Teen Spirit (with Joan Jett)
Breed (with Joan Jett)
In Bloom (with Joan Jett)
Territorial Pissings (with Joan Jett)
All Apologies (with Joan Jett)
Drain You (with J Mascis)
Pennyroyal Tea (with J Mascis)
School (with J Mascis)
Lithium (with St. Vincent)
About a Girl (with St. Vincent)
Heart-Shaped Box (with St. Vincent)
Serve the Servants (with John McAuley)
Milk It (with John McAuley)
Very Ape (with John McAuley)
Scentless Apprentice (with John McAuley)
tourette’s (with John McAuley)
Aneurysm (with Kim Gordon)
Negative Creep (with Kim Gordon)
Moist Vagina (with Kim Gordon)