Dave Grohl and surviving Nirvana members reunite for a special performance

Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear played at the 2020 Art of Elysium Gala.

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Surviving Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear reunited for a special one-night-only performance last weekend at the 2020 Art of Elysium Gala.

The trio played a five-song set of Nirvana’s hits for the event’s annual Heaven Is Rock And Roll gala in Los Angeles on 4 January, which aims to provide community arts programmes and artist services to those in need. The event marked the first time the trio have played together since October 2018, when Novoselic joined Grohl and Smear onstage for a six-song encore during the Foo Fighters’ set at Cal Jam.

Grohl, Novoselic and Smear were also supported by St. Vincent, Beck and Grohl’s 13-year-old daughter Violet who took the place of the late Kurt Cobain for lead vocals on 1993’s Heart-Shaped Box, which followed performances of Lithium, In Bloom, and Been A Son. The set was concluded with Nirvana’s rendition of the late David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold The World.

In other Grohl-related news, the frontman teased a new Foo Fighters album with a cryptic post on Instagram on 3 January. The post showed a partially assembled drum kit along a stairwell, accompanied by an audio snippet of a simple drumbeat. This follows Grohl’s announcement at September 2019’s Rock in Rio festival, saying, “We go home next week and we start making a new Foo Fighters record.” View the post below.

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