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Semi-Nirvana Reunion At Bumbershoot

September 5, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Music Fans in the Pacific Northwest can attest to the fact that Seattle's Bumbershoot Festival was one of the coolest Labor Day Weekend fiestas in the country. And while artists like Sonic Youth, David Byrne, Sugar Ray, Sleater-Kinney and Reel Big Fish rocked throughout the four-day festival, it was two other mega-stars that stole the show.

During the Foo Fighters' Friday night performance, former-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic joined his ex-bandmate Dave Grohl on stage during the Foo's encore in an apparent salute to the late Kurt Cobain. Grohl took his old position on drums, Novoselic jammed on bass and a spotlight encompassed the mic to honor Cobain, who took his life in April of 1994.

The former Grunge kings did what was described as a very emotional version of Prince's "Purple Rain." Following the song, a roadie for the Foo Fighters joined the two on stage and sang a rockin' version of Led Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown."

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