Dave Grohl revealed during a recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show that he has been recording music with fellow Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and touring guitarist Pat Smear. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like the music will see the light of day.
The Foo Fighters frontman called into Stern on Tuesday, where he discussed his continued relationship with the rest of the grunge juggernaut. Grohl and Smear still share the stage together in Foo Fighters, whereas Novoselic’s appearances occur somewhat less frequently. Luckily, the bassist has a reliable means of transportation.
“Krist Novoselic is a pilot, he flies his own plane. He lives up in the Pacific Northwest and whenever he comes down to Los Angeles, you know, we always love to see each other and we’ll have dinner,” Grohl told Howard. “Last time he was here I made dinner for us and we hung out. And Pat‘s always around and the three of us, you know we like to just, we like to be together. We like to see each other and if there are instruments around or a studio that’s available, we’ll just get together and kind of jam, you know?”
While the three musicians obviously share a musical history, these sessions are far from some Nirvana reunion nostalgia act.
“And we don’t like run through a big old Nirvana setlist, but we do like to fool around and sometimes as we’re fooling around, songs happen,” Grohl said. “And you know, if we’re in a studio we’ll record them. So we’ve recorded some stuff that’s really cool, but we’ve never done anything with it. But to us, I think, to us, it’s… it’s more just like friends, jamming around, it doesn’t really seem like any sort of like big official reunion or anything.”
Grohl also went ahead and offered the disclaimer that these jam sessions are unlikely to ever be released, which itself is what makes the process so enjoyable.
“We kind of record these instrumentals and, and just mess around. It’s very casual,” Grohl said. “There’s no pressure on us to do something that the world will have to hear. It’s more really just for fun, and a lot of it’s really cool, you know? It reminds you that, that when the three of us get together in a room and start playing, it sounds like it did. It sounds like it used to. When we put the three of us in a room and it makes that noise, it still does.”
Watch a clip from The Howard Stern Show where Dave Grohl discusses recording new music with fellow Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear.
Dave Grohl Still Plays and Records Music With His Nirvana Bandmates
[Video: The Howard Stern Show]