In what will be the closest thing to a Nirvana reunion since 1994, Krist Novoselic will join his old bandmate Dave Grohl in the Foo Fighters as bassist. If that’s not enough, the Foo Fighters’ next album is being helmed by Nevermind producer and ex-Garbage drummer, Butch Vig.
The Foo Fighters album, their first since 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace is due out next year. Coincidentally, 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of Nevermind, a fact that is surely not lost on Grohl and Novoselic.
Of course, with Novoselic playing bass now, what happens to Nate Mendel, the band’s current and original bassist? Currently, there’s no word that Mendel is officially out of the band, and he’s been busy over the last year playing with his old band, Sunny Day Real Estate. However, not everyone is obsessed with the fate of 90s emo-rock legends, and for those who don’t care and just want to hear more about the new record, Grohl says, “Foo Fighter fans are going to freak out because, honestly, it’s awesome.” [Billboard]
Update: Novoselic will be only “guesting” on bass for the new album. There is no word yet as to how many tracks he will be on. Mendel will continue with the Foos.