Kurt Cobain Died 19 Years Ago; Watch This Incredible Nirvana Show Recorded in Phoenix

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It's hard to imagine that once upon a time, Kurt Cobain wasn't the voice of a generation, or grunge's foremost martyr. A long time ago, he was simply the guy who fronted a great band called Nirvana, and brought thick, fuzzy metal/punk distortion to great pop songs. He had already established himself as his generation's poet/songwriter/critic when he shot himself on April 5, 1994, but even if he hadn't, his death would have canonized him as one of the great ones, a member of the infamous 27 Club. (April 5 could be called "the day grunge died" -- Alice and Chains singer Layne Staley also died on the day, in 2002.)

Back when Up on the Sun was in its infancy, our own Benjamin Leatherman wrote about a YouTube video he'd uncovered, featuring Nirvana (with drummer Chad Channing, not Dave Grohl) performing at defunct Phoenix club the Mason Jar. In honor of the 19th anniversary of Cobain's death, here's his write up from 2008:

A decade ago, I used to be big-time into collecting bootleg concert videos of my favorite bands. I'd habitually visit stores like East Side Records in Tempe or Shirts 'n' Things in Mesa to scope out their latest tapes, or log onto eBay to buy up shakily-shot VHS vids of groups like the Jesus Lizard, Scratch Acid, Dead Kennedys, Nine Inch Nails, and Rage Against the Machine.

These days, I generally don't pick up bootlegs anymore (except for the occasional rare find on eBay) since my thirst for illicit footage of performances has been more than satisfied by YouTube.

As my friends and co-workers can attest, I'm kind of a whore for YouTube, constantly spending my free time digging through the online video powerhouse for music stuff, old TV shows, and various and sundry other clips. I've also occasionally come across shitloads of cool videos relating to music in Phoenix in some fashion or another, like weird interviews, third-generation copies of concert films, or other oddities.

To wit: I recently came across a bunch of clips of grunge vanguards Nirvana performing at now-defunct Valley rock club the Mason Jar way back in the day. The gig depicted went down on February 19, 1990, when the pre-Dave Grohl version of the band was doing a West Coast tour with fellow Seattle rockers TAD.

As evidenced by the clips (as well as "The Nirvana Video Guide"), the set 14-song set was a mix of songs from Bleach, the Blew EP, and even one from Nevermind ("Polly"). The video guide also mentions that bassist Krist Novoselic "opens the show by announcing 'Hi, we're a Motley Crue cover band,'" and eventually stripped down to his underwear during the show.

See the full performance on the next page.


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Shirts N' Things

1840 W. Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ

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Eastside Records

45 West Southern Avenue, Tempe, AZ

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7 comments
michaelrstockton
michaelrstockton

I would have done anything to see that show, I was not into Nirvana at that time...


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My best friebd told me #KurtCobain was his #Brother he is dead now, so I went to a #psychic I wanted to know what Rome, and is mother who where dead what to say.
I had no idea #KurtCobain would be speaking to her I feel blessed to have known Rome and I will tell his story and how he told me Kurt was his brother.
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Jason Kileen
Jason Kileen

you know how I liked my sub pop back then Roger....probably drove you crazy with all the Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Soundgarden and the Posies working for Tower back in the day!!

Jason Kileen
Jason Kileen

I drank my first official beer there on my 21st bday watching Quicksand open for Helmet. Pretty damn good time

Roger Brogan
Roger Brogan

Jason Kileen, you should drink a beer while you're watching this.

Jason Kileen
Jason Kileen

went to this show and they wouldn't let me in because I wasn't 21 yet

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