Reunions of the surviving Nirvana members have been few and far between, but another one is in the works for this weekend.
Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear are listed individually at the top of the bill for The Art of Elysium’s “Heaven is Rock and Roll” gala at the Hollywood Palladium. It’s not known if the three plan to perform on-stage together, but the odds are good that they will, especially since organizers are selling something called a Nirvana Ticket Package for $50,000. It includes “prime seating for 10 guests at dinner and performance.”
The trio last played together at Cal Jam 2018. After Grohl and Smear completed their set with the Foo Fighters, Novoselic joined them to perform six Nirvana songs. Deer Tick’s John McCauley handled vocals on “Serve the Servants,” “Scentless Apprentice” and “In Bloom,” while Joan Jett sand on “Breed,” “All Apologies” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Jett also performed with the surviving Nirvana members at their 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
Grohl has always said he’s open to more Nirvana reunions, while not necessarily a full-fledge tour in the absence of iconic late frontman Kurt Cobain.
“It’s delicate territory, and you can’t treat it like just another show,” he told Kerrang! last year. “It’s very complicated and very special. In those moments, when it just happens naturally, I think is the best way.”
The Art of Elysium was founded in 1997 to support artists who use their talents to help others.
“We’ve paired volunteer artists with communities in Los Angeles to support individuals in the midst of difficult emotional life challenges like illness, hospitalization, displacement, confinement, and/or crisis,” reads the organization’s mission statement.