Nirvana Reunites At Cal Jam Fest With Joan Jett, John McAuley And Brodie Dalle

As hinted at by Dave Grohl last week, the surviving members of Nirvana, (Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear) reunited for a mini-set at Cal Jam Festival last night. Filling in for the late Kurt Cobain was Joan Jett, John McAuley of Deer Tick and Brody Dalle! You can watch fan-filmed videos of their mini-set during The Foo Fighters headline show below. Continue reading

Nirvana’s Final Studio Album In Utero Turns 25

It’s hard to believe that the early 1990s are now a full generation plus in the rearview. One of the definitive albums of that era for any music fan is Nirvana’s Nevermind (DGC). Whether you like the band or the album or not, the impact they made with that album is still sending shockwaves being felt today. What about the band themselves? How do you top a masterpiece and a hit album you never wanted? Well if you were Kurt Cobain, you know the answer is you don’t even try. With their follow-up In Utero (also DGC), Cobain undoubtedly felt like they had made an album closer to what they were originally aiming for in their journey as a group: the vibe of raw punk, but with the sophisticated writing of great classic rock. It was a dichotomy that made the band so special and loved by both fans and critics. Of course not knowing at the time it would be their final studio work, but In Utero gives a pretty fair idea of what was possible for the “biggest band in the world” in 1993. Continue reading