Former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl has revealed that he has teamed up with former band mates Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear to record "really cool new music" but they have no plans to release any of it.
Describing the music that has been recorded by the trio as impromptu jam sessions, Grohl told the Howard Stern Show, "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?
"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," he added.
"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 . . . it’s more just like friends, jamming around, it doesn’t really seem like any sort of like big official reunion."
The three musicians have reunited on stage several times since Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain passed away in April 1994.
They recruited Joan Jett, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, St. Vincent and Lorde to front their performance at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony in April 2014, and made a surprise appearance, with Deer Tick’s John McCauley and Jett again, at the Foo Fighters’ Cal Jam festival in October 2018.
"Krist Novoselic is a pilot, he flies his own plane," Grohl said. "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.
"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.
Asked if he sings during these jam sessions, Grohl replied, 'Well no I’m just playing the drums. We don’t have a singer. So, it’s like we kind of record these instrumentals and, and just mess around. It’s very casual.
"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.
"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.’
Grohl’s Foo Fighters, who released their latest album Medicine at Midnight in February, were recently announced as the first band to perform at New York’s Madison Square Garden since March 2020.
They will play in front of a fully vaccinated audience on June 20, at what will be the first full-capacity gig at the Manhattan venue in more than 460 days.
"We’ve been waiting for this day for over a year, and Madison Square Garden is going to feel that hard," Grohl said.