For the former members of Nirvana, last night’s David Bowie tribute was a moment of déjà vu.
Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic teamed up with Beck to pay tribute to the late artist at Clive Davis’s annual pre-Grammy party. The three were joined by guitarist Pat Smear, who was Nirvana’s touring guitarist and performs with Grohl in the Foo Fighters.
The group played Bowie’s 1970 song “The Man Who Sold the World,” the tune that Nirvana first performed on MTV Unplugged in the Nineties and in doing so revived for a new generation of music fans.
This was also not Beck’s first time covering Bowie. He recorded “Diamond Dogs” for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack and has performed “Sound and Vision,” “Let’s Dance” as well as “Win” and “Fame,” both from Bowie’s Young Americans album, onstage.
“David Bowie started making records around the beginning of my life, and his career kind of tracks with my life,” Beck told Rolling Stone last year. “He’s always been kind of guidepost or gravitational force for me.”