Dave Grohl hints at releasing the full 2014 Nirvana reunion show
Footage of one of the most exciting and short-lived band reunions of all time might soon be available, as Dave Grohl tells Rolling Stone he is “sure” everyone will get a chance to see the Nirvana reformation – with all-star guests – that took place at a small Brooklyn bar late one night in 2014.
That year, Grohl and Krist Novoselic came as close as they ever could to reforming Nirvana to celebrate their band’s richly deserved induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
It would be a shame for that evening to be only a memoryDave Grohl — Rolling Stone, 2018
They tapped some of the world’s most exciting and engaging frontwomen to take the place of their long-departed leader Kurt Cobain.
The likes of Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Joan Jett and Lorde agreed to be a part of it. Speaking about the reunion in 2014, Grohl revealed that he had reached out to PJ Harvey, but she was unable to make it.
These guests ensured both the quality of performance would be impossibly high and that there’d be a point of difference to the show that would help this become a celebration rather than an attempted recreation of the band.
It also meant that this was definitely going to be a one-night only kind of deal.
But Grohl ensured it was going to be quite a night. Rehearsals had gone so well that he’d decided the band needed to play another show after the ceremony with some extra guests.
“We almost had to calm him down,” Krist Novoselic told Rolling Stone in 2014.
“He was like, ‘We should do a show!’ I was like, ‘Absolutely! Let’s do it after the gig!’ He wanted to bring in J Mascis from Dinosaur Jr. and John McCauley from Deer Tick. He’s such a big fan that he has a Nirvana tribute act called Deervana.”
Now, over four years later, we’ve learned that there’s a chance we might get to see what went down in that tiny Brooklyn bar that night.
“When we realised that we were going to do it, I just called the people from my production company and said, ‘We need to film this’,” he said.
“We loaded some cameras in there 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. And it was fucking great. It was cathartic and everybody involved, I think, understood that they were part of something like a dream.”
The band played a monstrous 19 song set (they played just four songs at the ceremony) with the aforementioned new guests. Sadly, Lorde was unable to kick on as she had to be in California for Coachella.
“I remember playing and looking and seeing 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,” Grohl told Rolling Stone this week.
“It really was amazing. It was something else.”
“Someday, I’m sure everybody’ll see it.”
That will be a good day.