Why Nirvana Live Unplugged Concert left such a long lasting Trace in Music History

By Grimaria

Nirvana was an American rock band from the ‘90s, formed by their lead singer and guitarist, the well known Kurt Cobain.

The band was active since 1987. – 1994. ending its very successful carrier with the death of its lead man by suicide. There were many controversies surrounding his death, but one thing is certain – Nirvana remains to this day one of the most influential music bands of our time.

Nirvana was a part of that famous ‘Seattle sound’ or better yet Grunge scene. Their first album ‘Bleach’ (1989.) did good to establish the band on that particular scene, while their second studio album, entitled ‘Nevermind’ (1991.) skyrocketed the band to eternal glory.

In 1993, the band released its third studio album ‘In Utero’, and they were forever sealed as legends.

Their music was known for its dynamic contrast, often between quiet verses and loud choruses. The mood of the music was so intense, so in your face for that age, that Kurt Cobain was proclaimed the ‘spokesman of a generation’. For this reason, Nirvana is often considered a ‘flag ship’ for the later Generation X.

As for the lyrics, they were often seemingly meaningless, or they had a quiet, almost country tone. They were mostly about pain, dark love, feeling insufficient, and low self esteem.

Despite what people widely believed, Kurt was a highly skilful guitarist. He also possessed one of the largest collections of famous guitars in the World.

In 1994, the band held a live unplugged concert that was recorded in New York, and debuted at number one of the Billboard charts upon its release in November, same year.

The setting for the concert was ingenious. All band members were seated on stools, on a large carpet, with candles and candle holders everywhere around. The mood was perfect. The band transcribed many of their famous hits into unplugged versions, and they produced pure gold.

They also did a few covers of famous hits from other performers that also completely hit the spot.

The audience, though in a limited number, was so delighted with this spectacle that they didn’t hesitate to show their emotions all the way through the concert.

Nirvana Live Unplugged in New York is to this day one of the best unplugged concerts ever, and it is gladly played by millions, reaching astronomical hits on the web.

Off screen, the band members were, as all rock stars, quite the topic of controversy. Kurt Cobain often times made various outburst in public, demonstrating his careless attitude to everyone, to the delight of his fans. He was married to Courtney Love for his last two years of life, and the couple had a child.

The bands revenue was so huge and the popularity was so vast, that it had a negative effect on the members, especially on Curt, who stated multiple times that the pressure is too much. He quickly became an addict, and his tragic story seems to begin around that time.

 Category: Concert History

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