Over the last 6 months indie rockers Deer Tick have played various shows appearing as “Deervana,” their homage to grunge rock pioneers Nirvana. So on Saturday when the band took the stage at Bonnaroo ’11 as Deervana it was no surprise to Deer Tick fans, but the rest of the audience got a glimpse into one of the driving influences behind the band.
Deer Tick founder and frontman John McCauley recently mentioned in an interview with The L Magazine that he idolized Kurt Cobain and was envious of him from age seven, when he first listened to his mom’s copies of In Utero and Unplugged. In his tweens he formed his first Nirvana cover band and, true to the cause, smashed his first guitar. Realizing he needed a working guitar to continue playing with the band, it was the first and last time he covered Nirvana until now.
Dreams do come true. Watch Deervana cover Nirvana’s “In Bloom” and “Aneurysm” from their Saturday June 11 Bonnaroo set.
Deer Tick – In Bloom (Nirvana cover)
Deer Tick – Aneurysm (Nirvana cover)
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