28 Years Ago: Dave Grohl Played His First Gig With Nirvana

October 11, 2018

On October 11th, 1990, Nirvana had finally found their rhythm with their long-sought drummer, Dave Grohl. Three years as a band and five drummers later, Nirvana recruited a 21-year-old Grohl after watching him drum for the DC hardcore band, Scream. From there, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic finally found Nirvana's missing piece, and as you could guess, he was a perfect fit.

Weeks after making Grohl an official member, the trio played their first gig together at the North Shore Surf Club in Olympia, Washington. In the video below, we see a shirtless Grohl banging away to the enjoyment of a rowdy, sweaty crowd with songs like "Love Buzz," "Scoff," and "Sliver" before closing out with a classic '90s grunge rendition of "Turnaround" by Devo.

A year later in 1991, the culture of music would forever be shifted when Nirvana put out their second album, the iconic Nevermind, which would put them ahead of the insurmountable Michael Jackson as the No. 1 artists in the world. And as they say, the rest is history.