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Nirvana's 1992 Reading Performance Scheduled for DVD/CD Release

Nirvana's 1992 Reading Performance Scheduled for DVD/CD Release

For the first time, fans will be able to experience on video one of the most acclaimed concerts in rock history--Nirvana’s 1992 headlining performance at the Reading Festival--with the November release of Nirvana Live At Reading (DGC/Geffen/UMe). Ranked #1 in Kerrang’s “100 Gigs That Shook The World” list and voted as the band’s #1 greatest moment by fans in a 2008 NME poll, the August 30, 1992 U.K. concert is the most bootlegged in the band’s history. Nirvana Live At Reading will be issued in a limited edition CD+DVD Deluxe Edition on November 3, 2009, followed by DVD only, CD only and 2-LP versions on November 24, 2009. Unlike these past bootlegs, this is the only version that is under the band’s supervision. The DVD has been sourced from the original, multi-track masters and is mixed in 5.1 surround sound.

At the time, three unrecorded songs, “Tourette’s, “All Apologies,” and “Dumb,” were performed at Reading and appeared on the band’s final studio album In Utero. Of the 25 songs, all but two have ever been previously released. Reading also marked the first public performance of “Tourette’s.”

To fans, the Reading performance is legendary for being the concert where Kurt Cobain was rolled onto the stage in a wheelchair and played the entire show wearing a white hospital gown and has since become one of Nirvana’s most sought-after, unreleased concerts. The career-spanning concert reached back to the band’s SubPop debut album, 1989’s Bleach, for “Blew,” “About A Girl,” “School,” “Negative Creep” and their first single, Shocking Blue’s “Love Buzz,” and even further back to the mid-‘80s for “Spank Thru.” Other songs would appear on the Incesticide compilation later in the year: “Aneurysm,” “Been A Son” and “Sliver.” Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl also laid down a cover of “The Money Will Roll Right In,” a song by the punk band Fang.

Yet the centerpiece was a performance of nearly the entire Nevermind tracklist: the anthemic “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” “In Bloom,” “Come As You Are,” “Breed,” “Lithium,” “Polly,” “Territorial Pissings,” “Drain You,” “Lounge Act,” “Stay Away” and “On A Plain” (only “Something In The Way” was not reprised).

With Nirvana Live At Reading, the world finally sees and hears the concert that shook the world.

Nirvana Live At Reading DVD:

1. Breed
2. Drain You
3. Aneurysm
4. School
5. Sliver
6. In Bloom
7. Come As You Are
8. Lithium
9. About A Girl
10. Tourette's
11. Polly
12. Lounge Act
13. Smells Like Teen Spirit
14. On A Plain
15. Negative Creep
16. Been A Son
17. All Apologies
18. Blew
19. Dumb
20. Stay Away
21. Spank Thru
22. Love Buzz
23. The Money Will Roll Right In
24. D-7
25. Territorial Pissing

Nirvana Live At Reading CD:

1. Breed
2. Drain You
3. Aneurysm
4. School
5. Sliver
6. In Bloom
7. Come As You Are
8. Lithium
9. About A Girl
10. Tourette's
11. Polly
12. Lounge Act
13. Smells Like Teen Spirit
14. On A Plain
15. Negative Creep
16. Been A Son
17. All Apologies
18. Blew
19. Dumb
20. Stay Away
21. Spank Thru
22. The Money Will Roll Right In
23. D-7
24. Territorial Pissing



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