Watch Nirvana’s 1993 ‘Live And Loud’ Seattle Show

Watch Nirvana’s 1993 ‘Live And Loud’ Seattle Show

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Kurt Cobain, December 1993 at Pier 28 in Seattle. Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc.

Nirvana's recording career may have spanned just four years and three albums, but their influence on pop culture was unprecedented. Punk became pop, grunge became a global obsession and frontman Kurt Cobain became the reluctant voice of a generation.

On December 13, 1993, Nirvana performed at Seattle's Pier 48 for MTV's Live and Loud, a concert that more than lived up to its name! The show featured Nirvana’s final live line-up of Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear and remains one of their most cherished sets among fans. Now, the band’s surviving members…Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic…have made their full Live And Loud set officially available on YouTube for the first time.

The band opened the concert with album standout “Radio-Friendly Unit Shifter,” followed by live renditions of “Drain You,” “Breed,” and “Serve the Servants” before slowly working in material from earlier albums.

Nirvana | “Drain You”

Heralded as one of the best live shows from Nirvana’s entire career, the 17-song set followed the release of the band’s third and final studio album, In Utero, and saw them performing their biggest tracks, including “Scentless Apprentice,” “Pennyroyal Tea,” “Rape Me,” “Heart-Shaped Box” and many more. 

Nirvana | “Heart-Shaped Box”

The show was broadcast on MTV and later released on DVD in 2013, featuring rehearsal footage and more live clips from the ‘In Utero’ tour. The arrival of the footage on YouTube, though, is the first time fans have been able to stream the performance online for free.

Nirvana | “Come As You Are”

Live And Loud is packed full of anarchic arena-rock from the masters their peak. The only song missing from the collection is the band’s cover of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World”, although it is included on the audio stream and vinyl version. Visit Nirvana’s official YouTube channel to stream the entire concert. 

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