Grading Last Night's Nirvana Reunion

By RYAN RITCHIE

Sans Kurt Cobain, the surviving members of Nirvana (bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl, and guitarist Pat Smear) swore they'd never reunite to play songs from their former group.

Except they did. Last night. Twice.

The first was at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the trio was joined by Joan Jett, Lorde, Kim Gordon, and Annie Clark (St. Vincent) for a mini-set that was so awesome you almost forgot it was for the corporate entity. The second was a 19-song secret show at Saint Vitus (also in Brooklyn) where Nirvana was fronted by the aforementioned foursome along with Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis and John McCauley from Deer Tick.

At first, you might think a Cobain-less Nirvana is a bad idea, but watch these videos before making judgement because, honestly, last night they fucking ruled. You want to know why? Because Nirvana is one of those bands that can't be covered properly, but, then again, Novoselic, Grohl, and Smear aren't a cover band. They're the real deal, and these videos remind us what Nirvana sounded like — And in case you forgot, they were pretty good.

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