Over the weekend, thousands of rock fans gathered in Brazil for Rock in Rio, and among the bands playing were Weezer and headliners the Foo Fighters — who really seem like they never turn down a festival gig (which is pretty awesome, we’re not gonna lie).
During Weezer’s set, front man Rivers Cuomo led the band through a cover of Nirvana‘s ’90s classic “Lithium,” introducing it by saying, “We’re gonna cover a song from Dave Grohl’s old band to tide you over until the main course in a few minutes.”
Weezer then busted through a pretty solid rendition of the song:
During the Foo Fighters’ set that followed, Grohl admitted that hearing Weezer cover the song made him feel a bit emotional:
“I was backstage and I heard Weezer play the ‘Lithium’ song, I gotta be honest, I cried a little bit. I did! I miss playing that song. I miss it, so I’m happy to hear Weezer play it again. So this one goes out to the sweet Weezer.”
The Foos’ set also featured a fantastic moment, facilitated by Grohl, with a couple that recently became engaged:
Over the years, Grohl has peppered in some Nirvana to his various live performances, most recently an incredible encore at the Foos’ Cal Jam 18 event in Southern California, which featured (among others) Joan Jett filling in on vocals and lead guitars, but he hasn’t regularly played any Nirvana material since Kurt Cobain’s passing in 1994.
Oh, just @joanjett playing Smells Like Teen Spirit with Dave Grohl, @KristNovoselic and Pat Smear to close out @caljamfest after a great @foofighters set. No big deal. #Nirvana #RIPKurtCobain #CalJam18 pic.twitter.com/KtNRYIw8M6
— Rock Cellar Magazine (@RockCellarMag) October 7, 2018
As for Weezer, Cuomo is a devoted NIrvana fan, so this was no doubt fun for him and the band. Weezer’s recent Teal Album of covers, which featured their smash-hit take on Toto’s “Africa” among other songs, did not include a cover of “Lithium,” but it definitely sounds as if the band would lay down a pretty sweet recording of the track should they decide to sometime down the line.
The Foo Fighters, meanwhile, are expected to head back home to California soon and begin working on a new album, the follow-up to 2017’s Concrete & Gold.