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Grohl reveals secret Nirvana reunion

By | Published on Tuesday 28 June 2011

Dave Grohl

Former Nirvana members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear (a Nirvana member for the band’s final tour and now a Foo Fighter with Grohl) recently played a Nirvana song together for the first time in nearly two decades, with only one other person there to see it, Grohl has revealed.

Novoselic had joined Grohl and Smear to rehearse for a planned guest appearance to perform a couple of Foo Fighters songs at a show in California earlier this year. Grohl told The Guardian: “Krist is on bass. Pat’s on guitar. I’m on drums. Krist says: ‘You wanna run through some oldies?’ Me and Pat look at each other. I mean, that’s something I’ve never considered before. I was, like [queasily]: ‘OK’. Krist says, ‘Fuck it, let’s do ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit”. And Pat starts playing, and we kick into it. I haven’t played that drum beat in seventeen years. It was crazy. It was like… a ghost. It was heavy. Our studio manager was the only guy there”.

Asked who provided the vocals, Grohl said: “Nobody sang”.

Grohl also revealed in the interview that he had considered leaving the music industry after Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins suffered a heroin overdose in 2001, having sat at his bedside for two weeks while he was in a coma. He said: “When Taylor wound up in hospital I was ready to quit music. Because, to me, it felt like music equalled death. I started praying. I’ve never been to church in my life, and I’m walking back from Taylor’s hospital to our hotel every night, praying out loud in the streets of London. I don’t even know if I believe in God. But I felt like, y’know, this is just not right, y’know, what kind of God would let this…”

Read the full interview here.