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Nirvana plays at Rock Hall induction ceremony, Saint Vitus after-show

Posted by on April 11, 2014

While much of this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony involved the drama around KISS, it was almost easy to overlook that Nirvana was also inducted into the Hall of Fame as well. A few days ago, rumor slipped out that Joan Jett might be fronting the band at their induction ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center last night. It turned out that rumor was true and then some, as the surviving members of Nirvana were joined by not just Jett, but Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Lorde and Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent. The band, which included Pat Smear in addition to Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, played “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (with Jett singing), “Aneurysm” (with Gordon) and “Lithium” (with St. Vincent) before all three of them were joined by Lorde for “All Apologies. Here’s what that looked like:

The real action took place after the induction ceremony, however. Tiny 230-capacity metal club Saint Vitus played host to an invite-only after-show featuring the majority of those that had played earlier (Lorde didn’t make it out). In Lorde’s place, however, was former Dinosaur Jr. frontman/guitarist J Mascis and Deer Tick’s John McCauley. The assembled musicians played a 19-song set in front of the few that were lucky enough to get it (including Nirvana producers Jack Endino and Butch Vig). You can read a recap of it from Noisey here.

Here’s the set list:

01 “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (with Joan Jett)
02 “Breed” (with Joan Jett)
03 “In Bloom” (with Joan Jett)
04 “Territorial Pissings” (with Joan Jett)
05 “All Apologies” (with Joan Jett)
06 “Drain You” (with J Mascis)
07 “Pennyroyal Tea” (with J Mascis)
08 “School” (with J Mascis)
09 “Lithium” (with St. Vincent)
10 “About A Girl” (with St. Vincent)
11 “Heart Shaped Box” (with St. Vincent)
12 “Serve The Servants” (with John McCauley)
13 “Milk It” (with John McCauley)
14 “Very Ape (with John McCauley)
15 “Scentless Apprentice” (with John McCauley)
16 “Tourette’s” (with John McCauley)
17 “Aneurysm” (with Kim Gordon)
18 “Negative Creep” (with Kim Gordon)
19 “Moist Vagina” (with Kim Gordon)

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