On Tuesday night, the Foo Fighters continued their tour with a performance at Eugene, Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena. During the concert, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl invited former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic to play the Foo Fighters’ 1995 hit single “Big Me”. With the addition of current Foo Fighters guitarist and former Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear (Smear appeared on the iconic live album MTV Unplugged in New York and toured with the band as its rhythm guitarist from 1993 until Kurt Cobain’s death in 1994), the song served as a mini, impromptu reunion of surviving members of the iconic 90’s band that pioneered the Seattle grunge scene.
Ahead of the song, Grohl explained to the audience, “Back in the day, I had this song that I thought might be kind of cool, and we were in our friend Barrett’s studio—no we weren’t, we were at Robert Lang’s studio—and we had nothing to do all day long. I was like, ‘I got an idea,’ and we recorded this song together. It wound up on the first Foo Fighters record. It’s called ‘Big Me’ and it sounds like this.”
The collaboration is not the first time this trio of surviving Nirvana members have performed together live since Kurt Cobain’s death over twenty years ago. The lineup has played a number of one-off sit-ins and full performances including during Nirvana’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, which also featured iconic women vocalists like Joan Jett and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, and a secret party in Brooklyn at St. Vitus Bar that saw a number of vocalists rotating in throughout the night.
To end the song, Grohl expressed his love for Novoselic and the two joked around. After Grohl declared, “I love you Krist; forever and ever and ever and ever,” the bassist raised his bass above his head, with Grohl then quipping, “No, no, that’s a new one! Don’t smash it, he just got it!” and later, “It’s really hard to hug somebody that’s six feet seven – I gotta be honest.”
You can check out the video of the Foo Fighters performing “Big Me” with Krist Novoselic below, courtesy of Oregon Darren.