Seattle Sounds Presents Nirvana : MTV Unplugged and Live at Reading
Nirvana & Seattle Sounds
Doors 730pm DJs playing Seattle Sounds
830pm NIrvana : MTC Unplugged in New York Running Time 54mins
10pm - 1130pm NIrvana Live at Reading Running Time 78 mins
1130pm - Late Seatle Sounds
+ Djs playing your favourite tracks from the seattle sound of the 1990s
( eg. Pearl Jam, Sound Garden, Mudhoney, Alice In Chains, Motherlove, Temple of the Dog, Foo Fighters and many more )
Join us for a sweet slice of Seattle !!!
1st hour is Nirvana selections followed by the performance on our cinema screen.
MTV Unplugged in New York is a live album by the American grunge band Nirvana. It features an acoustic performance taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993, for the television series MTV Unplugged. The show was directed by Beth McCarthy and first aired on the cable television network MTV on December 16, 1993. As opposed to traditional practice on the television series, the band played a setlist composed of mainly lesser-known material and cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Lead Belly, and Meat Puppets, whose Cris and Curt Kirkwood joined Nirvana onstage.
MTV Unplugged in New York was the first Nirvana album released following the death of Kurt Cobain. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and has become the group's most successful posthumous release, having been certified 5x platinum in the United States by 1997. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996. The performance was released on DVD in 2007.
Unplugged was the last collection recorded by Nirvana before the untimely death of Kurt Cobain and it caught many by surprise.
As a testament to the group's live dynamic in a acoustic setting, it's a fantastic document that emphasises the nuances of one of the greatest bands of recent times. Cobain singing "I swear I don't have a gun, I don't have a gun" with clenched teeth instead of a loud howl is a revelation as is the subtle guitar playing on the haunting "About a Girl", from their earliest LP. Highlights include covers of three Meat Puppets tracks (featuring special guests Curt and Kris Kirkwood of that influential "college rock" band), the weepy cello on the Vaselines' "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam" and their cover of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World"
Live at Reading
Nirvana headlined the Reading festival in 1992 as they were unsteadily acclimatising to their newfound status as multi-platinum unit shifters, frontman Kurt Cobain loudly declaring his disaffection with fame, and denying rumours of drug abuse that dogged him and his wife, Courtney Love. Indeed, hearsay across the festival site that weekend whispered that Nirvana would blow out their headline set, that Cobain was hospitalised by an overdose.
Such offstage drama lends an undeniable tension to this live album of that performance. On the DVD of the show that accompanies Deluxe Editions of this release (the standalone CD omits a song and all the between-song banter, and is very much inferior as a result), Cobain rolls onstage in a wheelchair and fakes an addled collapse, before ‘recovering’ and leading Nirvana through a ferocious and full-blooded Breed.
This venomous energy burns throughout what is by no means a greatest hits set; alienated by much of his newfound fandom, Cobain was in no mood to play crowd-pleaser. Performances of Nevermind anthems like Come As You Are and Smells Like Teen Spirit are by no means perfunctory, but Nirvana truly come alive here when exploring the murkier corners of their catalogue: fiery takes of fan-favourite B side Aneurysm and covers of The Wipers’ D7 and The Money Will Roll Right In (by 1980s Californian punks Fang) are highlights.
The true revelation, however, is the then-unrecorded All Apologies, dedicated to Courtney Love and their 12-day-old daughter Frances Bean. “[Courtney] thinks everyone hates her now,” says Cobain, betraying a vulnerable, boyish grin as the Reading audience yells “Courtney, we love you!” at his request. The song that follows remains perhaps Cobain’s most moving, and in this early stripped-bare version – just Cobain’s brittle, chiming guitar and howl, Dave Grohl’s powerhouse drums and Krist Novoselic’s McCartney-aping bass-lines – perfectly fuses Cobain’s equal love for Beatles-esque melody and punk-rock’s searing honesty, with a haunting intensity.
Forget the indulgent soloing and theatrical spectacle many live albums trade in. Live at Reading delivers instead an opportunity to revisit a key moment in rock history, unedited and unadorned; to experience the greatest rock’n’roll group of their era playing what became, tragically, their final performance on British soil. On this evidence, it was a truly remarkable night.