It was 26 years ago today that the current Foo Fighters frontman took the stage with the grunge icons for the very first time in Washington.
Playing at the North Shore Surf Club, the gig is a rare snapshot of the trio pre-Nevermind, with the band treating their early fans to cuts like single ‘Love Buzz’ off their debut record Bleach (1989), as well as a cover of Devo‘s ‘Turn Around’ found on the group’s Incesticide (1992) compilation album.
But let’s rewind back to 1990. A 21-year-old Dave Grohl first caught the attention of Kurt Cobain and Melvins vocalist Buzz Osbourne at a Scream gig, with Grohl playing for the Virginian hardcore heavyweights at the time. It wasn’t long before he was invited out to Seattle in September, when he joined the band for a local studio session. As bassist Krist Novoselic told Michael Aberdare in the band biography Come As You Are, “We knew within two minutes that he was the right drummer. He was a hard hitter. He was really dynamic. He was so bright, so hot, so vital. He rocked.”
Then-drummer and future Mudhoney member Dan Peters was unceremoniously ousted, after sticking around just long enough to track one tune ‘Sliver’, and play his first (and last) show on September 22. With Grohl watching on.
Watch a snippet of the gig below as Nirvana rip into ‘Love Buzz’ and ‘Scoff’, both off Bleach.
In another first, watch the Foo Fighters first ever TV performance here.