This past weekend, Dave Grohl and the fighters of foo hosted their second annual CalJam music festival in San Bernardino featuring performances from many icons including Iggy Pop and Billy Idol. The lineup, which was rounded out by the Foo Fighters and also included bands like Garbage, Greta Van Fleet and Tenacious D solidified the legitimacy of the fest that also offered free carnival rides, a water park for those who camped and a comedy stage. So what surprise could the event possibly have had to make an already awesome weekend even better? Oh just the resurrection of probably the most iconic grunge band of all time!
Following the billed headliners set full of all of the Foo Fighters hits in backwards order of which they debuted (opening with ‘Run’ off the latest album and closing with ‘This is a Call’ off the first) front man and modern icon/legend Dave Grohl moved from the mic stand at the front to the drum set at the back and welcomed to the stage his former Nirvana bandmates Pat Smear and Krist Novoselic as well as Joan Jett and John McCauley and the previously teased Nirvana reunion kicked off and rocked fans with bucket list worthy six song set and a kick of nostalgia.
The reunited Nirvana belted out hits like ‘All Apologies’ and ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ with Jett and McCauley switching off on vocals and satisfying fans of the late Kurt Cobain. While critic reviews of the show were mixed, fans across the world where thrilled when the first videos and photos from the performance hit the web and rumors and discussion of a possible reunion tour ensued, and understandably so. The number of Nirvana fans that would attend a live performance by the bands surviving members far exceeds the number of people who have actually been so lucky. Will Nirvana follow the path of their scene mates Alice in Chains or Stone Temple Pilots and once again hit the road? Chances are slim, as King Grohl always appears to have a busy schedule but fingers crossed! I do however think that it is not to far outside the realm of possibility for this to become an annual once a year tradition, and I would not be shocked to see Nirvana fronted by Jett, McCauley or if the internet gets its way Shaun Morgan at the top of next years CaliJam lineup, regardless I am definitely going next year.-Johnny K