Watch the Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in a Los Angeles Parking Lot

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This past Saturday night, the Red Hot Chili Peppers played a benefit concert for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles.

An annual benefit gig for the venue, a Hollywood facility to which bassist Flea is especially connected, the rockers played a 10-song set in the parking lot of the music school to a tiny gathering of donors, students, families and friends.

The final song of the night was none other than “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and video from the gig makes for a slightly surreal experience. After all, Nirvana opened a now-unbelievable 1991 tour that also featured Pearl Jam and the Chili Peppers, before Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic became arena headliners of their own.

Here’s video of the Chili Peppers covering the song, which found vocalist Anthony Kiedis leaping around the stage with his green mesh shirt pulled over his head and guitarist John Frusciante taking the song’s iconic chorus:

And some more:

Honestly, Frusciante playing Cobain’s guitar lead is an incredible sight for fans of this music, and anyone who witnessed this in person will likely have a memory for the ages.

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ set list:

Intro Jam
Here Ever After
I Remember You (Ramones cover) (John solo)
Scar Tissue
Snow ((Hey Oh))
Right on Time
The Heavy Wing
By the Way
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana cover) (first verse and chorus only)

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