Rare footage of what would turn out to be Nirvana‘s final show ever in Los Angeles has been posted online by the filmmaker who took the footage, according to Loudwire. Documentary maker Dave Markey filmed the band performing in December 1993 at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, just four months before frontman Kurt Cobain would take his own life in April 1994 at his home in Seattle.
Markey wrote, “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. I’m glad to have documented this show, as well as their pre-fame fun in 1991.”
- The footage includes the band performing “All Apologies” and their cover of David Bowie‘s “The Man Who Sold The World.”
- Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic told us that it was the band’s own belief in the power of music that attracted people to them right from the start. “Nirvana always listened to music or always wanted to connect with something, and the best music is music that you connect with in a way that you can’t really put your — you just emotionally connect with it. So if we were projecting anything like that, people caught onto it.”
- Nirvana were recently announced as inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- The induction ceremony will take place on April 10th in Brooklyn, New York. That same day will be declared Nirvana Day by the Washington town of Hoquaim, located just four miles from Kurt Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen.
- Both of those events will take place five days after the 20th anniversary of Cobain’s death on April 5th, 2014.