Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at a charity event over the weekend and surprised those in attendance with a Nirvana cover.

The charity event was a benefit concert for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a music education facility co-founded by Flea in 2001. In fan-shot footage below, the Chili Peppers played the first verse and chorus of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The cover closed out their set at the event. Anthony Kiedis handled the vocals on the verse, while guitarist John Frusciante belted out the song’s chorus.

It’s not quite known why RHCP decided to cover Nirvana in their set, but it sure makes for a fun moment.

 

The Chili Peppers have a few connections to Nirvana. The two bands went on tour together in 1991. That same year, each band released landmark albums on the same date: Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Nevermind came out on September 24, 1991.

 

20 Times Multiple Classic Albums Came Out On The Same Day

  • September 24, 1991

    Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger


    Nirvana – Nevermind


    Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik

  • September 24, 1990

    AC/DC – The Razor’s Edge


    Megadeth – Rust in Peace

     

  • September 29, 1992

    Alice in Chains – Dirt


    Stone Temple Pilots – Core

  • October 17, 1980

    Bruce Springsteen – The River


    Dire Straits – Making Movies

  • November 1, 1994

    The Black Crowes – Amorica


    Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York


    Megadeth – Youthanasia


    Tom Petty – Wildflowers

  • November 10, 1978

    The Clash – Give ‘Em Enough Rope


    Queen – Jazz

  • November 22, 1968

    The Kinks – The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society


    The Beatles – The Beatles

  • January 11, 1971

    Chicago – Chicago III


    Janis Joplin – Pearl

     

  • February 1, 1970

    The Doors – Morrison Hotel


    James Taylor – Sweet Baby James

  • February 28, 1983

    U2 – War


    Styx – Kilroy Was Here

  • March 1, 1974

    Rush – Rush


    Aerosmith – Get Your Wings

  • March 8, 1994

    Soundgarden – Superunknown


    Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral

  • March 24, 1986

    Van Halen – 5150


    Rolling Stones – Dirty Work

  • March 27, 1984

    Scorpions – Love at First Sting


    Ratt – Out of the Cellar

     

  • April 13, 1973

    David Bowie – Aladdin Sane


    Bob Marley & The Wailers – Catch a Fire 

     

  • April 14, 1980

    Judas Priest – British Steel


    Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden

     

  • April 23, 1976

    Ramones – Ramones


    Rolling Stones – Black and Blue

  • June 1, 1967

    The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band


    David Bowie – David Bowie

     

  • August 21, 1990

    Alice in Chains – Facelift


    Jane’s Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual

  • September 17, 1991

    Guns N’ Roses – Use Your Illusion I & II

     

    Ozzy Osbourne – No More Tears

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