The Nirvana reunion: It happened. And here’s what it looked and sounded like.

[Gilles LeBlanc has been following the story of the Nirvana reunion for the last week or so. Last night, it happened. Here’s his report. -AC]

While Canadians were sleeping off their first of probably multiple Thanksgiving weekend dinners, Foo Fighters hosted the second incarnation of CalJam in Glen Helen Regional Park.

It was a jam-packed Saturday indeed featuring performances from imports Black Mountain and METZ, Garbage celebrating 20 Years Paranoid, and quite possibly the last ever time Post Pop Depression will be done live by Iggy Pop with Josh Homme and Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders on drums.

Foo Fighters’ headlining set saw them play songs in reverse chronological order, starting with “Run” from latest album Concrete and Gold and moving backwards all the way until “This Is a Call”, the first major single the band released in 1995.

For the encore, yes the rumours you had been hearing came true and then some. Dave Grohl and Pat Smear reunited with Krist Novoselic again for a six-pack of Nirvana classics. Deer Tick’s John McCauley handled vocals on “Serve the Servants”, “Scentless Apprentice” and “In Bloom”, while Joan Jett growled through “Breed”, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “All Apologies”, the latter of which saw Brody Dalle on bass as Novoselic switched to accordion.

I know what I’m thankful for besides my mom’s homemade stuffing!

Serve the Servants

In Bloom:


Smells Like Teen Spirit:

All Apologies:

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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