We once voted this the second greatest concert ever to happen in Boston: the legendary gig played by NIRVANA on the night before Nevermind was released, at WFNX's 8th birthday party at Axis. We just celebrated this gig's 20th anniversary -- Bullet LaVolta drummer Todd Philips, who opened the gig, wrote about it for us last month -- and we just heard the tapes of the Smashing Pumpkins set a few weeks ago. Many more people have claimed to have been at this show than were ever there -- and there's only a smidge of MTV-recorded video available of Nirvana's set. So now, without further ado, here's another show from legendary WFNX DJ Duane Bruce -- who also dug up Nirvana's 1990 show at Man Ray -- and who will be back in town as part of WFNX's throwback weekend over Thanksgiving. Holy crap:
MORE AUDIO AND VIDEO:
LISTEN: Smashing Pumpkins opening for Nirvana at WFNX 8th Birthday Party
WATCH: Video of Nirvana at WFNX's 8th Birthday Party
UPDATE: From the man himself, Duane Bruce:
I remember that the WFNX
staff was pumped for this show more than any other in its history and
deservedly so. The Axis staff was also ready to go. MTV was on hand as
well as a number of other local, national and international journalists.
The show was later written about in
NME. By the time that you get to “Rape Me” you will be transfixed and
may even start to tear up a bit. It was only the fourth time that they
had performed it live. WFNX had an early copy of ‘Nevermind’ and we
played some tracks for the great Lenny Kaye, guitarist for Patti Smith,
about a week before the show. He had never heard of Nirvana, but upon
hearing them declared “that somebody has to protect them.
had this recording as well as the previously released Nirvana show at
ManRay for the past 20 years and realized that it was time to share with
everyone. One day, I will be gone and they will wind up on the curb.
They deserve better than that. It’s rock and roll history. Thank you
Maxell for making a quality product that lasted.
I remember that
right before the set, both Krist and Dave were on stage and ready to go,
but no sign of Mr. Cobain. I had to dash upstairs through the thick
crowd and met Kurt on the stairwell as his bandmates cat-called him from
the stage. I can still hear Krist in his falsetto voice…”Oh Kuurrtt”
coming through the speakers. 30 seconds later, then WFNX Music Director Kurt St. Thomas introduced them……..enjoy!
DOWNLOAD LINK: Nirvana, Live at Axis Boston WFNX 8th Birthday [mediafire]