15th ANNIVERSARY: NIRVANA’S LAST AMERICAN GIG

January 7, 2009 – 4:28 am

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NIRVANA
Last American Show [Tribute, 2CD]

Live at the Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA, January 8, 1994. Very good audience recording.

It was 15 years ago today…

It has been said that it was somewhat fitting that Nirvana played their last American gig in Seattle.

With a bit of hindsight, the booklet that accompanied the CDs noted: “The shows [on January 7 and 8, 1994] were the pinnacle of punk perfection. They appeared as a fire raging out of control before consuming itself. Kurt was animated and his voice was perfect. But the lyrics from the In Utero songs gave away much of what he was feeling. “Teenage angst has paid off well… now I’m bored and old,” “Out of the ground, into the sky, out of the sky, into the dirt,” “On the bright side is suicide.” Kurt’s drug addiction, his inability to deal with fame and the carrying of the mantle as spokesman for Generation X was becoming unbearable.”

Listening to this set, there is nothing to suggest that this would be the last time the trio of Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl would perform as Nirvana on American soil. It’s a rip-roaring set with a passionate Cobain apparently in command. Whatever demons that had been haunting him were cast aside for the night and Nirvana sounded like they could take on the world.

After all, their third album, In Utero, debuted at No. 1 in September 1993 and the group played practically the entire album (with the exception of Very Ape and Tourette’s). In December 1993, their MTV Unplugged show was aired to an admiring audience; Cobain was working on new material and the group even managed to lay down tracks for 11 songs. [From what’s been written, what seemed to occupy Cobain’s mind in January 1994 was his new home in Seattle rather than any upcoming gig.]

After the Seattle gig, Nirvana embarked on a European tour, with stops in France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland. In Germany, Cobain was diagnosed with bronchitis and severe laryngitis and the group had to cancel one of the shows. On March 4, Cobain was found unconscious in his hotel room in Rome and was rushed to hospital.

Cobain returned to Seattle at the beginning of April and on April 8, 1994, he was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head at his Seattle home.

And for those who attended the January 8 show, well, that’s the stuff legends are made.

The Last American Show (2CD) is part of a six-CD boxset called Into The Black from the Italian Tribute label. The second disc includes Nirvana’s John Peel Sessions (1990-1991) - which are omitted here - and Courtney Love’s complete eulogy for Kurt Cobain on April 10, 1994 (included here). Those who are sensitive to strong language might want to skip Courtney Love’s eulogy.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Disc 1
Radio Unit Friendly Shifter (7.2MB)
Drain You (5.7MB)
Breed (4.5MB)
Serve the Servants (5.2MB)
Come as You Are (4.6MB)
Smells Like Teen Spirit (6.2MB)
Sliver (3.2MB)
Dumb (3.9MB)
In Bloom (6.2MB)
About a Girl (3.8MB)
Lithium (6.2MB)
Pennyroyal Tea (5.2MB)
School (4.1MB)
Polly (4.7MB)
Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle (5.3MB)
Milk It (5.1MB)
Rape Me (3.7MB)
Territorial Pissings (9.4MB)
Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam (5.1MB)

Disc 2
Man Who Sold the World (7.6MB)
All Apologies (5.2MB)
Scentless Apprentice (5.3MB)
On a Plain (4.5MB)
Heart Shaped Box (7.4MB)
Blew (10.7MB)
Remembrance, Seattle WA 4-10-94: Seattle Center Flag Pavilion:
Courtney Love’s Complete Eulogy for Kurt Cobain (9.1MB)

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  1. 12 Responses to “15th ANNIVERSARY: NIRVANA’S LAST AMERICAN GIG”

  2. o my gosh thank you so much!

    By eesapples on Jan 8, 2009

  3. Why don’t we get the rest of the disc?? Thanks so much for what we did get though. Big O kicks butt!!

    By Dave on Jan 8, 2009

  4. Blew blows my fragile little mind.
    Kurt cuts to the bone.
    TYSVM4P!

    By thewaymouth on Jan 9, 2009

  5. another great offering. This is my first time hearing this show.

    By Matt on Jan 20, 2009

  6. I was at this show (really) and this is the first time I’ve heard this recording…amazing. Thanks so much.

    By harris on May 28, 2009

  7. nik nirvana

    By ismail on Jul 1, 2009

  8. Thanks for sharing.

    Please could you tell us where can we find the Italian Tribute box set? I can’t find any information about it anywhere……

    By the doc on Oct 21, 2009

  9. I was there as well-my brother just found the ticket stub. Thanks for the memories

    By sally on Jan 11, 2010

  10. It was the Seattle Center Arena, not the Coliseum.

    By Dave on Aug 26, 2011

  11. I was at the final Seattle show, too. It was at the Mercer Arena.

    By Lew on Apr 7, 2014

  12. Faltan 109,118,206,219

    By pol on Nov 11, 2015

  13. seu filha da puta. kd o CD idiota. o L i n k?

    By DEAD on Aug 1, 2017

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