Nirvana’s legend has grown since frontman Kurt Cobain’s tragic death in 1994 – the release of ‘Unplugged’ on DVD will be received rapturously by fans the world over.
Nirvana in the studio preparing for what would become a legendary ‘Unplugged’ performance. Pic: Redferns
Nirvana’s reputation is set to grow even more with ‘Unplugged In New York”s DVD release – the intensity of the soon-to-be-dead Cobain’s performance even now is still talked of in hushed tones.
Nirvana performed ‘Polly’ from ‘Nevermind’ on the evening – a song that Bob Dylan later said showed Kurt Cobain had "heart".
As well as Pat Smear, Nirvana’s guests on the night include cello player Lori Goldston and Meat Puppets stars Chris and Curt Kirkwood.
A rare smile from Cobain on the evening. The star was in the midst of a crippling heroin addiction, and would commit suicide just six months later.
Nirvana were joined onstage in New York by Pat Smear on guitar – he was a semi-permanent member of the group on the ‘In Utero’ tour. He now performs the same function for Grohl’s band Foo Fighters.
Nirvana’s ‘Unplugged In New York’ DVD release follows on the from the release on DVD of 1994’s clip compilation ‘Live! Tonight! Sold Out!’
Nirvana’s ‘Unplugged’ performance was filmed on November 18, 1993 at Sony Studios in New York City.
Cobain’s performance on the evening so moved Neil Young the rock legend paid tribute to it in his autobiography ‘Shakey’.
The set did include many of Nirvana’s big hitters, including ‘Come As You Are, ‘On A Plain’ and ‘All Apologies’.
So intense was Cobain’s performance on the closing song, the band’s cover of Leadbelly’s ‘Where Did You Sleep Last Night?’, that they would not do an encore, feeling they couldn’t top what they had just done.
Nirvana performed many covers during their ‘Unplugged’ set, including songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Leadbelly, and three by one of Kurt Cobain’s favourite bands, The Meat Puppets.
Around the time of their ‘Unplugged’ performance, Nirvana were on a world tour promoting their recently released follow-up to ‘Nevermind’, the abrasive and often harrowing ‘In Utero’.
Nirvana’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ performance has passed into legend, even though the setlist did not contain their biggest hit, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.
Nirvana’s legendary ‘Unplugged In New York’ performance from 1993 is to be made available on DVD from this Monday (November 19).
Nirvana’s ‘Unplugged In New York’ album was released in autumn 1994, a year after the performance, and six months after Kurt Cobain’s suicide.