Nirvana’s legendary ’MTV Unplugged In New York’ performance is finally set to be released on DVD, nearly 14 years to the day from when it was performed.
The DVD will contain both the original broadcast of the show and the complete unedited version of the set with 5.1 Surround Sound.
Speaking to NME.COM, Nirvana’s bass player Krist Novoselic said he was looking forward to the release, particularly in its new audio format.
“The new 5.1 sound really opens it up and it gave me a new appreciation for the songs,” he explained. “You can hear what each instrument is doing. It really invites you in and I’m sure everyone will enjoy it in a new way. I’d really like to re-release ‘In Utero’ in that way at some point.”
In between songs on the unedited 66-minute version, the band are seen affably chatting with each other, debating what songs to play and even taking requests from the audience.
At one point, they even break into a jokey version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ with guest performers The Meat Puppets.
Also featured on the DVD are previously unseen rehearsal takes of ‘Plateau’, ‘About A Girl’, ‘Polly’, ‘Come As You Are’, ‘All Apologies’ and their cover of David Bowie‘s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’.
A rehearsal version of ‘Pennyroyal Tea’ which features guitarist Pat Smear also playing in the track is included. This was originally the way the band planned to perform the song until Kurt Cobain decided at the last minute to play it solo during the show.
Additionally, a 20 minute documentary featuring interviews with the band and members of the crew are also included.
The DVD is set for release on November 19.
Meanwhile for a full interview with Dave Grohl and his memories of Nirvana, get this week’s issue of NME which is on UK newsstands now.