10/24/90 - London, UK.
11/04/91 - Bristol, United Kingdom.
“Hey Kurt, you’re making a jerk out of us! Someone’s supposed to stand here and say something witty and entertaining. I’m the life of the party, if there’s a lampshade out there, I’m gonna put it on my head.” - Krist Novoselic.
12/5/91 - Nirvana play with Captain America and Shonen Knife in London, UK at the Kilburn National Ballroom.
“We’d like to thank Captain America and Shonen Knife for making us very happy!” - Kurt Cobain.
20 years ago today, Nirvana play their very last show in the United Kingdom at the Reading Festival.
“Ten minutes before the concert, we take a look at the set list, and then we go on stage to give back. Nothing more. An hour and fifteen minutes on stage. This hour and a quarter, it is our own time, and no one can interfere with that.” - Kurt Cobain at the Reading Festival, 1992.
10/24/90 - London, UK.
Interviewer: “How did you decide on the name Nirvana?”
Kurt Cobain: “There’s no reason at all, it just sounded nice.”
Interviewer: “Do you think that’s the state of mind you should have when you listen to your music?”
Kurt Cobain: “I’d like to think that, I feel that way at times when we’re playing on stage, I can sometimes feel a lot of real human energy, the name means freedom from pain and suffering and the external world. That’s a pretty stupid heavy little statement but it seems everyone is looking for something like that, religions a pretty popular thing, freedom from pain.”
Today in 1992, Nirvana performed at The King’s Hall in Belfast, UK. Before the show, Kurt, Krist & Dave was swamped with fans wanting an autograph outside of the venue, “Tonight was in-sane, all these people thrusting little pieces of paper in our face. For what? To prove that they stuck a piece of paper in our face and we had a pen at the time? I don’t understand that. We are not the resurrection of Christ. We are another fuckin’ band.” - Dave Grohl.
12/1/91 - The Southern Bar, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
This charity show was organized by The Joyriders in aid of a children’s hospital and was advertised as featuring “very, very special (American) guests” on flyers handed out two shows before at the Calton Studios. Many people showed up hoping to see Nirvana, it was later announced that Nirvana would not be playing, so most of the audience left, however, Kurt played an acoustic guitar, and Dave played bass, while Krist didn’t play at all. They performed five songs including “Polly”, and a cover of Shonen Knife’s “Twist Barbie” while under the name Teen Spirit.