when i was driving the Royal Blood bassist from WeHo to DTLA he told me he was gonna be playing at the Forum in a few days.
I said, oooooh the Forum. I have seen many great shows there.
he said, like who?
i said, well The Cars, Manson, Clapton, Weezer, Nirvana, Kiss
he said, Nirvana? How were they?
i said, it was for charity and the Butthole Surfers opened. i sat all the way in the back. and they did something that i only saw once with Bob Dylan at the Arlington Theater… Dylan started the show sorta drunk but as it progressed it was obvious that the booze had been replaced with water, and by halftime Dylan had sobered up and was sooooo perfect.
the same happened with Nirvana. Kurdt seemed spaced out and super chill, but as they settled in the got louder and gnarlier and i dont know if the heroin was wearing off or the weed, but it got better and better.
they played Teen Spirit like 5th on the playlist. sorta to get it out of the way.
very punk rock. very “if you were here for the hit you can go home now.”
i have many things that i am supremely grateful for: namely the women i have had the great good fortune to know in my life, but seeing Nirvana live is way up there. and i take none of it for granted.