Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic recently performed together at Cal Jam and revealed they are open to a Nirvana reunion as long as it happens “naturally.”
The drummer and bassist have teamed up three times over the past five years. In 2014, they performed during the band’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, followed that same night by a show at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, New York. During Cal Jam, they performed during the Foo Fighter’s encore performance.
“After we played the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I considered the idea that, if there was an opportunity, we could do it again,” Grohl admitted in the new issue of Kerrang! (via Alternative Nation). “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.”
During Cal Jam, Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear, Joan Jett, and Deer Tick’s John McCauley joined Grohl and Novoselic on stage.
“Personally, it was great to play with those guys again and to play those songs,” Novoselic stated. He clarified that he wouldn’t want the reunion shows to become a “regular thing” and that it “won’t become a whole circus.”
The pair is also open to writing songs together. “I don’t see why not,” Novoselic said. “Maybe if the right circumstances present themselves we’d do it, because we’ve done it before with Pat [Smear] and with Paul McCartney on ‘Cut Me Some Slack,’ so why not?”
During the Cal Jam reunion performance, Grohl, Novoselic, Smear, Jett and McCauley played six songs—“Serve the Servants,” Scentless Apprentice,” “In Bloom,” “Breed,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “All Apologies.”
Grohl told Kerrang! that playing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for only the second time in just 20 years was an emotional experience. “It was like being shot into outer space,” he said. “Being able to play that drum fill and break into the chorus…it’s spiritual, physical, emotional.”
The Foo Fighters has been on tour in support of their 2017 album Concrete & Gold. Grohl recently said he’s ready to take a break even though he’s already thinking about making his next record. His band was recently named the top artist in the 30-year history of Billboard’s Alternative Songs Chart.