REVIEW: Nirvana | Live At The Paramount

Just got back from a screening of this as part of the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind. It was definitely worth seeing it in the cinema to get that ‘in your face’ volume which is kind of essential for music like this. One of things that separates this concert film from others of the band is that it is the only one recorded on film – giving it a fantastic look with cameramen dashing franticly around the stage trying to capture the show. As  document of a band only months into the release of an album that has now sold over 30 million it is a fantastic look at what a mass of energy they could create out of a few chords, some grinding primal bass and an absolutely pummelling display of drumming from Dave Grohl. They cover most of Nevermind, some tracks from Bleach and a couple off the Incesticide comp but it all fits together perfectly. There weren’t really any lulls in the set other than the wayward finale of Endless, Nameless – but you kind of expect that from that track. Truly visceral stuff and a perfect reminder of what a great band they were when it came down to the music.

Setlist

Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam
Aneurysm
Drain You
School
Floyd The Barber
Smells Like Teen Spirit
About A Girl
Polly
Breed
Sliver
Love Buzz
Lithium
Been A Son
Negative Creep
On A Plain
Blew
Rape Me
Territorial Pissings
Endless, Nameless

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