Red Hot Chili Peppers covered Nirvana’s classic Smells Like Teen Spirit during a show over the weekend (October 29).
The gig was a benefit concert for a music education facility co-founded by Flea in 2001 - The Silverlake Conservatory of Music.
It was the band’s first time covering the Nirvana track, and we’re not quite sure why they did, but what a treat.
In fan-shot-footage below, Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis sang the first verse with his shirt over his head, before guitarist John Frusciante took over on lead vocals for the chorus. Give it a nudge.
Back in 1991, Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the road with Nirvana, which they reflected on earlier this year on the Howard Stern Show. Flea recalled: “I remember just feeling like, you know, they’re good bands, but Nirvana, they were really carrying a heavy magic with them, just this feeling like they are a powerful entity to be respected.”
Later in the interview, Kiedis said the tour was “life-changing,” adding: “They were certainly good at their instruments and songwriting and chemistry and all that, but they also just had a combustibility that came with birth, or came from God or came from the planets or something.”
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