25th Anniversary of Nirvana Unplugged Performance

Photo Credit: TheRinger

Photo Credit: TheRinger

This past Sunday on November 18th, was the 25 year anniversary of one of the most iconic performances not in just rock history but probably music history. At the height of Nirvana’s fame and just months away from Cobain’s untimely death, Nirvana took the stage at Sony Music Studios to play pretty much none of their hits and instead play a bunch of unheard of cover songs. Nirvana started off the MTV acoustic set with two of their own songs, one of which was the only hit they played all night long in “Come As You Are”. From there the set would consist of a mix non-hit(granted some have become hits since) Nirvana songs like “About A Girl”, “Pennyroyal Tea”, “Dumb”, and “All Apologies”, and covers of songs that would have likely never seen the light of day had Nirvana not played them on MTV Unplugged. Nirvana would go onto play covers of songs from the Vaselines, David Bowie, the Meat Puppets, and Lead Belly such as songs like “The Man Who Sold The World”, “Lake of Fire” and “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”. Like most, there’s only one of those artists I even knew existed, and had never heard any of these songs except from this performance. It’s the ultimate testament to just how good Kurt Cobain and Nirvana were to be able to spin this setlist into one of the most iconic performances ever. I can’t think of another band in the world who could pull off not playing their hits and not only getting away with it but putting in a classic performance. If you have never watched or listened to this performance and you consider yourself a fan of a music then i would slap a “must listen” tag on this. It’s truly that good, especially their rendition of “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”.