Video — April 11, 2014 at 7:20 am

Nirvana enlists Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, Lorde, St. Vincent, J Mascis for Rock Hall, secret gig

Nirvana and Joan Jett

Photo via Brooklyn Vegan on Instagram

There’d been much speculation about who, if anyone, would fill in for the late Kurt Cobain should Nirvana choose to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Last night, the surviving members of the band — Kirst Novoselic, Dave Grohl and later addition Pat Smear — drafted a quartet of women to do that job.

Related: Michael Stipe inducts Nirvana into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The band played four songs at the Barclays Center induction, enlisting Joan Jett to handle “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon for “Aneurysm,” St. Vincent aka Annie Clark on “Lithium” and teen chart-topper Lorde taking on “All Apologies,” with the other three joining in, too.

After the ceremony, though, came the real treat. As Brooklyn Vegan reports, Nirvana played a 16-song set at a secret club gig in Brooklyn, with Jett, Clark and Gordon joined by Dinosaur Jr frontman J Mascis and Deer Tick’s John McCauley, each taking turns fronting the band.

Below, check out the setlists and some select video from the night.


Setlist: Nirvana and Friends, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY, 4/10/14

1. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (with Joan Jett)
2. “Aneurysm” (with Kim Gordon)
3. “Lithium” (with Annie Clark)
4. “All Apologies” (with Lorde, Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, Annie Clark)


Setlist: Nirvana and Friends, St. Vitus, Brooklyn, NY, 4/10/14

1. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (with Joan Jett)
2. “Breed” (with Joan Jett)
3. “In Bloom” (with Joan Jett)
4.” Territorial Pissings” (with Joan Jett)
5. “Drain You” (with J. Mascis)
6. “Penny Royal Tea” (with J. Mascis)
7. “School” (with J. Mascis)
8. “Lithium” (with Annie Clark)
9. “About A Girl” (with Annie Clark)
10. “Heart Shaped Box” (with Annie Clark)
11. “Serve the Servants” (with John McCauley)
12. “Scentless Apprentice” (with John McCauley)
13. “Tourette’s” (with John McCauley)
14. “Aneurysm” (with Kim Gordon)
15. “Negative Creep” (with Kim Gordon)
16. “Moist Vagina” (with Kim Gordon)


Video: Nirvana and Joan Jett, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)


Video: Nirvana and St. Vincent, “Lithium” (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)


Video: Nirvana and Lorde + more, “All Apologies” (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)


Video: Nirvana and St. Vincent, “Heart Shaped Box” (St. Vitus)


Video: Nirvana and Joan Jett, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (St. Vitus)


Video: Nirvana and J Mascis, “Pennyroyal Tea” (St. Vitus)


Video: Nirvana and Kim Gordon (St. Vitus)




  1. Lorde???

  2. Scott Stalcup

    Always wondered what happened to Don Johnson’s old Miami Vice suits. Now I know.

  3. bianca???

  4. Joan & Kim and the singer for St. Vincent killed it. Lorde was also really good, she’s a kid, cut her some slack.

    • Scott Stalcup

      Oh yes. Quite amazing job by Annie Clark. And the young lady has massive footie skills, too. Win bloody win!

  5. Not here, but there are so many negative reviews of Nirvana’s choice for singers–WOMEN. The no room for girls jamming club continues to grow, Plus, c’mon, Lorde was fine. I don’t listen to her–but Bruce Springsteen does–did you hear his Lorde? Kid can write.

  6. That’s not Lorde, it’s Tiffany circa 1987.

  7. DanielBrush

    Nice version heart shape box.

  8. I really hope someone has a clean record of that entire show at St. Vitus!!!!

  9. Ashes???????????????????????????????????????????
    Be original.

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