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Watch Surviving Members of Nirvana Perform with Lorde, St. Vincent and More

posted by Dan Murphy on April 11, 2014

Lorde with Nirvana via Getty Images

Brooklyn, New York -- The Nirvana reunion at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclay's Center last night was insane. They were first inducted by R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, who said of the historic group, "they were singular and loud and melodic and deeply original. And that voice. That voice. Kurt, we miss you. I miss you. This is not just pop music. This is something much greater than that."

When taking the stage, Dave Grohl gave a lengthy speech praising the four drummers that preceded him in the band–seemingly addressing the controversy surrounding the exclusion of drummer Chad Channing who played on Bleach and on one song on Nevermind. Krist Novoselic and Courtney Love kept their comments short, Love simply saying, "I have a big speech but I'm not going to say it. I just wish Kurt was here to see this."

Then, things got awesome. Grohl and Novoselic joined Pat Smear–who played second guitar towards the end of Nirvana–on stage and brought out an array of female singers to fill in for the late Cobain. Joan Jett joined to perform their era-defining hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit."


After that, they called friend of the band and former Sonic Youth member Kim Gordon to sing on "Aneurysm" who was followed by Annie Clark–also known as St. Vincent–to perform guitar and vocals on "Lithium."


Novoselic then handed off bass duties to Gordon to pick up his accordion, and Clark remained on stage for the final of their four song set. They called upon Lorde for a version of "All Apologies" reminiscent of the MTV Unplugged in New York performance as Pat Smear played the same acoustic guitar from that night. 


Much later in the night, this "Nirvana" incarnation was joined at St. Vitus in Greenpoint, Brooklyn by J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. and John McCauley of Deer Tick to perform a sixteen-song set comprised entirely of the band's classics. Lorde was the only one not present. 

Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, KISS, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens were inducted earlier in the night, as well as The E Street Band separately from Bruce Springsteen. 

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