Shortly (like, really shortly) after their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nirvana (minus Kurt Cobain of course) took to the stage of Brooklyn’s 350-capacity Saint Vitus venue last night for a secret show featuring a whole host of their achingly-trendy celebrity friends, most of whom were girls (and, presumably, still are.)

Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr and John McCauley of Deer Tick were among those to put in an appearance for the surprise Greenpoint gig and in varying formations played 19 songs in total and wrapped up at 4am.

The set-list, according to, looked and sounded and smelled like this, for those of you who are curious:

1. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (with Joan Jett)

2. “In Bloom” (with Joan Jett)

3. “Breed” (with Joan Jett)

4. “Territorial Pissings” (with Joan Jett)

5. “Aneurysm” (with Kim Gordon)

6. “Negative Creep” (with Kim Gordon)

7. “Moist Vagina” (with Kim Gordon)

8. “Lithium” (with St. Vincent)

9. “All Apologies”  (with Joan Jett) (Krist Novoselic played accordion)

10. “About a Girl” (with St. Vincent)

11. “Heart-Shaped Box” (with St. Vincent)

12. “Drain You” (with J Mascis)

13. “Pennyroyal Tea” (with J Mascis)

14. “School” (with J Mascis)

15. “Serve the Servants” (with John McCauley)

16. “Milk It” (with John McCauley)

17. “Very Ape” (with John McCauley)

18. “Scentless Apprentice” (with John McCauley)

19. “Tourette’s” (with John McCauley)

Earlier in the evening the remaining members of the legendary grunge outfit, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear enjoyed a bittersweet induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, also boasting famous friend vocal collaborations with Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth on “Aneurysm”, Annie Clark on “Lithium” and Lorde on “All Apologies”.

The induction was something of a reunion for the band, and saw Grohl, Novoselic and Courtney Love put past differences aside to accept the honor and pay tribute to Kurt Cobain, the 20th anniversary of whose death took place only days ago.

The whole affair was very fuzzy and heartwarming and tender, all of which culminated in a crowd-pleasing hug between notorious non-friends Love and Grohl, but rather than try to convey the fuzziness through poetic wordsmithery, I thought I’d throw some quotes from Michael Stipe, who was responsible for the induction, your way instead. He said it better than anyone else could.

“It is the highest calling for an artist as well as the greatest possible privilege to capture a moment, to find the zeitgeist, to expose our struggles, our aspirations, our desires, to embrace and define their time. Nirvana captured lightning in a bottle. The potency and the power of their defining moment has become for us indelible.”

Amen. If you fancy watching the whole thing, Stereogum has neatly packaged it for your convenience.

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