18-year-old pop star Miley Cyrus delighted thousands of adoring fans by performing a surprise rendition of NIRVANA's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" during her April 29, 2011 concert in Quito, Ecuador. She introduced the song to the crowd, saying, "For this tour, I want to be able to do the music that inspired me and made me want to be on this stage tonight."
She continued, "It's hard being on the road because you miss your family back home, and this song is something I always sing with my little brother who can't be with me on tour, so this song is also for him."
Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be viewed below.
FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl revealed in a recently interview with Entertainment Weekly that he and former NIRVANA members Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear played "Smells Like Teen Spirit" together for the first time in nearly two decades while the FOO FIGHTERS were recording their new album, "Wasting Light". Grohl explained, "The day we finished the record, we had this club gig to do. It was in this little bar down the street, a surprise show. I invited Krist to come down and play a song. We wanted to play 'Marigold', which was the B-side of the 'Heart-Shaped Box' single, and it was the only NIRVANA song I sang."
Grohl continued, "So we go to the studio that day to practice. We run though the song once and then Krist says, 'Hey you guys want to do some moldy oldies?' Me and Pat look at each other and go, 'Okay, what do you want to do?' He says, 'Let's do 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. I hadn't played that song in 18 years . . .We ended the song and look at each other like, 'That was strange.' We walked out and (the studio manager) looked at us and said, 'Yeah, it sounded pretty good. You guys should keep that."