25 year-old Nirvana bootleg shared for very first time – listen

It is claimed that the recording was made at the gig where Kurt Cobain met Courtney Love

An apparent bootleg of a Nirvana gig which took place 25 years ago, has been shared online for the very first time.

The gig took place at the Satyricon venue in Portland on January 12, 1990 and is reportedly the show at which frontman Kurt Cobain met Courtney Love, who he would later marry and have a child with. Click below to listen to the alleged recording of the gig, via Noisey.


The 55-minute long recording features versions of ‘Polly’ and ‘Breed’ while Dale Crover of Melvins is playing drums, with Dave Grohl not joining the band until later that year. “Recording is raw in accordance with the equipment and tape used at the time,” reads the YouTube caption for the file. Scroll down for the setlist from the show.

Nirvana played:

‘Floyd The Barber’
‘Love Buzz’
‘Big Cheese’
‘Spank Thru’
‘Molly’s Lips’
‘Been A Son’
‘Negative Creep’

It was recently revealed that HBO’s forthcoming Kurt Cobain documentary will feature original and unheard music from the Nirvana frontman. Montage Of Heck will be broadcast for the first time in April, arriving in UK cinemas around the same time. In a new press release from HBO it is stated that the film “features dozens of Nirvana songs and performances, as well as previously unheard Cobain originals”.

The film is directed by Brett Morgen and Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain is acting as executive producer on the project.

Montage Of Heck is named after one of Cobain’s mixtapes, which was circulated widely online in 2014. It features clips of songs by The Beatles, Iron Maiden, The Monkees, Black Sabbath, The Jackson Five and many more.