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Published on September 2nd, 2018 | by Gilles LeBlanc

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Foo Fighters Cover Nirvana…Sort Of.

In the 23 years since they became a band in the wake of Kurt Cobain’s suicide, Dave Grohl has never, ever played a Nirvana song while with Foo Fighters. Unless of course you count “Marigold”, a B-side to “Heart-Shaped Box” which the FOOs released a live version of as part of 2006’s Skin and Bones. Grohl wrote and recorded that song independent of Cobain, but I digress.

The Concrete and Gold tour is in the process of winding down, concluding at Cal Jam ’18 next month with 20 or so other artists supporting the FOO, including former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic’s new music project Giants in the Trees. They were also the openers September 1st at Safeco Field in grunge’s birthplace of Seattle. During Foo Fighters’ band member introductions where multiple covers are typically jammed out, Novoselic came out to hug Grohl as well as longtime friend Pat Smear, and proceeded to join in on live Nirvana fave “Molly’s Lips”. The three later posed for a backstage photo that was tweeted out by the official @Nirvana account, with Novoselic holding up a photography book featuring a pic of Cobain.

“Molly’s Lips” is originally by Scottish band The Vaselines, which Cobain greatly admired. Foo Fighters have done it one other time in their history, a couple of years ago while visiting Edinburgh (sans Novoselic). They’re now off to Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver prior to Cal Jam ’18; in addition to Giants in the Trees, Garbage will be there – I hear their drummer Butch Vig may have a connection to Nirvana too, so who knows what “Holy Shit” surprises are in store for October 6th? Lawn-only tickets for the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, by the way, are still available.




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Gilles LeBlanc literally fell into “alternative rock” wayyy back at Lollapalooza 1992, where he got caught in his first mosh pit watching some band named Pearl Jam. Since then, he’s spent the better part of his life looking for music to match the liberating rush he felt that day, with a particular chest-beating emphasis on stuff coming out of his native Canada. It took him awhile, but Gilles now writes feverishly about all things that rock (and or roll) through his ROCKthusiast alter ego.


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