John Kerry is touting his diplomatic skills as a reason to vote for him for president; for example, he's managed to reunite the surviving members of Nirvana for their first public appearance in more than a decade. Dave Grohl announced that he and Krist Novoselic will both attend a rally on Tuesday in Las Vegas, in the parking lot of the Stardust casino, to kick off a Kerry campaign bus tour aimed at motivating college students in the last couple weeks before the election. Bassist-turned-activist Novoselic, who has a new book out, Of Grunge And Government, will speak, and Foo Fighters frontman Grohl will perform; alas, they're not expected to perform together.
Also on the bill: Blink 182's Tom DeLong and The West Wing actress Melissa Fitzgerald, as well as Alexandra Kerry and Chris Heinz, the candidate's daughter and stepson. Heinz will be joined by other entertainers as the bus makes its way across the country.
The Grohl-Novoselic reunion comes one day after Geffen Records announced the details of the long-awaited Nirvana boxed set, to be released on Nov. 23. With the Lights Out will be a four-CD set whose 81 tracks include 68 rare cuts, including singer Kurt Cobain's demo tapes, live recordings, and studio outtakes. There's also a DVD of concert footage, including the band's pre-fame 1987 performance at a house party. The set was supposed to be released back in 2001, only to be derailed by legal battles between Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, and his two bandmates. If Kerry really wanted to prove himself a diplomat, he'd get Love up there to share the rally stage with Grohl and Novoselic.