Dave Grohl plays Nirvana’s ‘In Bloom’ for the second time since Kurt Cobain’s death

He performed the 'Nevermind' classic with Trombone Shorty

While very rarely playing Nirvana songs since the passing of Kurt Cobain, this weekend saw Dave Grohl play the classic ‘In Bloom’ for just the second time since the band’s demise.

Grohl took to the stage to drum along to the seminal single from ‘Nevermind’ with Trombone Shorty at Los Angeles’ Voodoo Threauxdown Festival.


“For years I couldn’t even listen to any music, let alone a Nirvana song,” said Grohl earlier this year of his connection to his former band. “When Kurt died, every time the radio came on, it broke my heart. I don’t put Nirvana records on, no. Although they are always on somewhere. I get in the car, they’re on. I go into a shop, they’re on. For me, it’s so personal.

“I remember everything about those records; I remember the shorts I was wearing when we recorded them or that it snowed that day. Still, I go back and find new meanings to Kurt’s lyrics.”

He continued: “Not to seem revisionist, but there are times when it hits me. You go, ‘Wow, I didn’t realise he was feeling that way at the time’.

“Nirvana, for me, was a personal revolution, I was 21. You remember being 21? You think you know it all. But you don’t. I thought I knew everything. And being in Nirvana showed me how little I really knew.

Grohl added: “They were some of the greatest highs of my life, but also, of course, one of the biggest lows.”


Nirvana in 1992
Nirvana in 1992

Back in 2014, LordeSt VincentJoan Jett and Sonic Youth‘s Kim Gordon fronted the band with the remaining members of Nirvana (bassist Krist Novoselic, Grohl and guitarist Pat Smear) for a special performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction before and a tiny, Brooklyn after-party show at Saint Vitus Bar saw them also joined by J Mascis and John McAuley.

Earlier this year, Grohl confirmed that unseen footage and recordings from the show would eventually be released.


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