31 January 2012

Nirvana in Melbourne


31 January 1992
31 years old
Melbourne
Nirvana at The Palace in St Kilda (since demolished), with Paul, Chris and C. I remember we went to The Espy beforehand for a drink. We stood quite near the back, where we had a good view of the entire stage. Unfortunately I was so besotted with Chris at the time that I spent some of the gig cuddling etc. Very unlike me. I normally concentrate wholly on the music. What a waste of a legendary band and gig...but I was there and I did get to see Nirvana. I loved Nevermind – it still gets me jumping. 
Is the title a homage to the Pistols? OMG JUST got that, 20 years later!

The set, according to an internet source: Aneurysm • Drain You • School • Sliver • About A Girl • Lithium • Come As You Are • Breed • Polly • Lounge Act • In Bloom • Love Buzz • D-7 • Smells Like Teen Spirit • Negative Creep • Been A Son • Blew • On A Plain • Territorial Pissings

9 comments:

  1. OH...MY...GOD!!! How awesome must this have been??? Not that I was much of a Cobain fan (I think perhaps he was a tad overrated, but my boyfriend at the time worshiped him. The weekend after he killed himself we were driving to a wedding four hours away and that was all we listened to.) I love Dave Grohl. A lot!

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    1. Dave Grohl is very cool. And I tend to agree about Kurt Cobain. I think many lead singers are overrated and tend to become mediocre without their trusty band mates. It's all in the chemistry. A case in point are Morrissey and Marr - together: pure genius; separately: just OK.

      And Nick cave: totally overrated. I've gone on about this before, so I'd better shut up!

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    2. I think the other thing Cobain had going for him was the suicide. Had he stuck around a bit longer, he would have lost that special something that his die hard followers saw in him, I think. (And I totally agree with you on the lead singer thing...you just go on all you like!)

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  2. I'm a little jealous that you got to see this show.

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    1. Always nice to hear - in the best possible way. No gloating, I promise.

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  3. I'm not sure the cuddling was a misplaced priority. I think that sort of thing would have been the highlight for a guy like me.

    I was in Seattle when Cobain's body was found. I remember turning on the radio in the morning before work and first they said an unidentified body had been found and there was the possibility it was just someone who had broken into the home, but then it was confirmed. People were gathering in a public square somewhere in town to mourn.

    The only one of their songs that personally touched me was "Sliver," which had lyrics that reminded me of bittersweet childhood memories. Some of the other ones were fun to listen to occasionally, but I didn't get into any of the other lyrics (except for the self-pity in "All Apologies," but given who sang it and what he did to himself I tended to avoide it so as not to indulge in such thinking).

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    1. Interesting to have been in Seattle that day.

      Yes, they were fun to listen to, and jump up and down to. Not one of my absolute favourite bands, just a good, solid rock band (for me).

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  4. I saw their last ever UK concert at the Reading festival in 1992. I was right up the front for Nick Cave (you know I prefer BND/BP era but this was the best Bad Seeds line up with Blixa and Mick Harvey, not the current bunch) and nearly got stampeded by drunk Nirvana fans. They were amazing. I always preferred Hole though. I was 19 in 1992 and it was all about charity shop dresses, ripped tights, DM's, drinking all night in a field and going to concerts. I feel old! Lula xx

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    1. All good things to do at 19! But we can't keep that up forever, much as we want to, from time to time - I can't anyway!

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