Twenty-two years ago today, Nirvana played "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for the first time in public, at the OK Hotel in Seattle. This is video of the performance, five months before the release of Nevermind. The video is included on the box set Nirvana: With The Lights Out.
Happy birthday, Kurt Cobain. Here is Nirvana beautifully performing Lead Belly's version of "Where Did You Sleep Last Night," a traditional American folk song also known as "In the Pines" and "Black Girl" that dates back to the 19th century. The track is featured on the live album "Nirvana: MTV Unplugged" in New York recorded on November 18, 1993.
(Video link) So, it did happen, and it rocked! At last night's 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, Sir Paul McCartney performed with Nirvana last night, backed up by Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear. It was just as excellent as you'd hope it would be. Here is their new song, "Cut Me Some Slack." The show might be over, but you can still donate to the Robin Hood Foundation at the concert's site. (via Slate)
This is not a confirmed fact, but there are some rumblings that Sir Paul McCartney might perform with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic (two of Nirvana's surviving members) tonight at the gigantic 12-12-12 Sandy benefit concert at Madison Square Garden. Wow. So, does this mean that in another dimension, Kurt Cobain is planning a surprise performance with John Lennon and George Harrison? Or a sign that the world really going to end this month? I will offer the caveat that this story is coming from The Sun, but still. If it had to, the world probably could go ahead and end after bearing witness to such a brilliant collaboration. (via The Huffington Post)