No doubt this will top any grunge fan’s Christmas list and, while Kurt and his pals did hair metal no favours in the mid 90s, even we admit to being massive fans of the mighty Nirvana. The unveiling of their definitive Reading set will have music nuts the world over going wobbly at the knees and the November 2 release date can’t come soon enough!
We still remember watching the clip for Smells Like Teen Spirit for the very first time on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and being blown away by the sheer ferocity of Cobain and his hard rocking buddies. The fact that their music encouraged the ferel rock beasts that were/are Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains means we can just about forgive them for persuading Def Leppard to record Slang!.
Ranked number one in Kerrang!’s ‘100 Gigs That Shook The World’ and voted as Nirvana’s Number One Greatest Moment by fans in an NME poll, the band’s historic August 30, 1992 headlining appearance at the Reading Festival is one of the most bootlegged concerts in the annals of rock’n’roll.
Now, fans will have an opportunity to own a pristine copy of that entire performance – with colour-corrected video from the original film and audio sourced from the original multi-track masters. Nirvana Live At Reading will be issued in a limited edition DVD+CD Deluxe Edition as well as DVD-only, CD-only configurations on November 2, 2009, followed by a two-LP version on November 16, 2009.
While the show’s centerpiece was a performance of nearly the entire Nevermind tracklist, also noteworthy were early performances of three as yet unrecorded songs which wouldn’t be released until two years later on – In Utero’s All Apologies, Dumb and – in its first ever public performance – tourette’s.
The career-spanning setlist also reached back to the band’s 1989 Sub Pop debut album, Bleach, for Blew, About A Girl, School, Negative Creep and first single Love Buzz. And even further back to the mid-80s for Spank Thru.
Other songs from the Reading set would appear in studio form on the Incesticide compilation later in the year: Aneurysm, Been A Son and Sliver. Additionally, the band played a pair of beloved covers by two bands that helped shape the formative Nirvana sound – The Money Will Roll Right In by Fang and D-7 by The Wipers.
Only two of the 25 performances on the DVD have ever been released before.
Nirvana Live At Reading DVD:
1. Breed 2. Drain You 3. Aneurysm 4. School 5. Sliver 6. In Bloom 7. Come As You Are 8. Lithium 9. About A Girl 10. tourette’s 11. Polly 12. Lounge Act 13. Smells Like Teen Spirit 14. On A Plain 15. Negative Creep 16. Been A Son 17. All Apologies 18. Blew 19. Dumb 20. Stay Away 21. Spank Thru 22. Love Buzz* 23. The Money Will Roll Right In 24. D-7 25. Territorial Pissings
*not included on CD