Even though Dave Grohl has led the Foo Fighters for nearly five times as long as he was in Nirvana, the living rock legend will always be closely associated with his previous band. With 9 studio albums under their belts, the Foo Fighters have a large back catalogue of songs to choose from, though their live shows these days are a mix of well-worn classics, deep cuts, and covers.
One would expect to hear the odd Nirvana song thrown in for good measure but surprisingly, Grohl rarely performs them. It likely has something to do with the pain surrounding Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain’s 1994 death, as Grohl explained in a recent interview with GQ that it’s still difficult for him to listen to the band’s albums. It’s this fact that makes Grohl’s recent performance of a Nirvana single all the more special.
During New Orleans jazz sensation Trombone Shorty’s show at the Voodoo Threauxdown Festival in Los Angels this weekend, Grohl made a surprise appearance onstage, prompting the band to launch into a cover of “In Bloom” from the 1991 Nirvana album Nevermind. To put the situation into perspective, the only other time Grohl has performed the song live was during Nirvana’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. Fittingly, Grohl got back behind the drum kit for this one.
You can watch the full performance below: