Cal Jam 2018: Joan Jett Fronts Nirvana Reunion with Dave Grohl on Drums




Cal Jam 2018: Joan Jett and Nirvana - Courtesy of Girl Underground Music
Cal Jam 2018: Joan Jett and Nirvana - Courtesy of Girl Underground Music

By DONNA BALANCIA

Cal Jam is known as a celebration of everything Foo Fighters, but this year belonged exclusively to Nirvana and Joan Jett.

The much-rumored Nirvana reunion took place Saturday night at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Calif., with front people Jett and Deer Tick’s John McCauley, whose performances honored the legendary group’s late frontman Kurt Cobain. McCauley’s gruff and rock-infused vocals were eerily reminiscent of Cobain’s work.

Dave Grohl resumed his spot behind the drum kit, and the band, featuring Kris Novoselic and Pat Smear, ripped through selections including “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “Breed” and “In Bloom.”

Jett had famously fronted Nirvana when the grunge rockers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

More to come.

Watch Joan Jett at Nirvana Reunion at CalJam “Breed” here:

 

John McCauley of Deer Tick Fronts Nirvana’s ‘In Bloom’ at CalJam:

 

Watch John McCauley of Deer Tick take lead on ‘Scentless Apprentice’ with Dave Grohl on drums:

 

Check out “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with Joan Jett, video courtesy of Girl Underground Music: