Documentary filmmaker Dave Markey has just uploaded previously unreleased footage of Nirvana's final L.A. show. Filmed on December 30th, 1993, the show took place at The Forum in Los Angeles, just a few short months before Kurt Cobain's untimely death.
The first minute and a half of the video is footage of the stage being set up, with the roaring crowd cheering in anticipation. Then, joined by cellist Lori Goldston and second guitarist Pat Smear of The Germs, the band plays through 3 full songs, including David Bowie's classic "The Man Who Sold The World" and "All Apologies" from Nirvana's 1993 In Utero. They open the set with a touching cover of The Vaselines' "Jesus Doesn't Want Me For a Sunbeam" -- featuring Krist Novoselic on accordion -- which Cobain dedicates to River Phoenix, who died two months prior. The rest of the show is filled with passion and energy, with crowd-surfing fans singing along with every word. The video ends with a cut-off snippet of "On A Plain," but it's remarkable to see this slice of history pulled from the vaults.
Dave Markey shared his thoughts in the video's YouTube description:
20 years ago tonight (December 30, 1993) I stood on Kurt's side of the stage at my hometown's Los Angeles Forum and captured the last set I would see of this band. A band that I had worked with, toured with; people that I would call my friends. A band that both the world and myself really loved (can't really say this has happened since.) Within just a few short months it would sadly all be over. Sharing a few songs here; a couple covers (Vaselines' "Jesus" & Bowie's "Man Who Sold The World") and All Apologies. I'm glad to have documented this show, as well as their pre-fame fun in 1991. www.wegotpowerfilms.com
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Source: Dave Markey YouTube Channel