Nirvana - Live and Loud (2xLP Vinyl)

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Live and Loud is a live video by American rock band Nirvana, released in September 2013. It was released as part of the 20th anniversary of the band's third and final studio album, In Utero.

It features the band's full concert on December 13, 1993, at Pier 48 in Seattle, which had been recorded by MTV and broadcast in abridged form. The DVD also contains bonus footage from other performances from the In Utero tour.

Featuring Nirvana, American hip hop act Cypress Hill, and American rock band the Breeders, the Pier 48 concert was pre-recorded for a worldwide New Year's Eve broadcast. The show was originally set to feature American rock band Pearl Jam as the co-headlining act, and was conceived in part as a reconciliation between Nirvana and Pearl Jam, following Nirvana's vocalist and guitarist Kurt Cobain's attacks on the latter in the press. However, Pearl Jam cancelled their appearance the day of the show, with the official reason being that the band's vocalist, Eddie Vedder, had the flu. This left Nirvana as the sole headliners, and led to the band playing an extended set. As the show's director, Beth McCarthy-Miller, recalled, "[Cobain] couldn't have been more helpful and lovely to me [after Vedder's cancellation]; during sound check, he was just awesome, just asking 'Beth, do you need more?'"

MTV had originally planned to film the show in New York City, but Vedder wanted it to be in his hometown of Seattle, which led to MTV finding Pier 48, an industrial building on the Puget Sound. Amy Finnerty, an MTV employee and friend of the band's, recalled that Pearl Jam's cancellation was "no big deal" to Cobain, and that "he was only concerned that the Breeders would still get to play and were taken care of. He didn't want it to just be 'The Nirvana Show.' That's how he was." In a 2018 Rolling Stone interview, Cypress Hill's lead rapper, B-Real, discussed the impact that Pearl Jam's cancellation had on the night, saying that "it bumped us into the co-headline spot to open up for Nirvana for a MTV event, and that was big for us. So thank you, Eddie Vedder, that was awesome of you not to show up."

With Pearl Jam's cancellation, Nirvana's extended set resembled a typical concert from the In Utero tour, although it excluded the two quietest set list regulars, "Polly" and "Dumb." Also absent was the band's 1991 breakthrough single, "Smells Like Teen Spirit." The concert featured material from the band's 1991 sophomore album, Nevermind, and In Utero most prominently, along with three songs from their 1989 debut album, Bleach, and the 1990 single, "Sliver." It also included a cover of "The Man Who Sold the World" by English rock musician David Bowie, which they occasionally performed during the In Utero tour, including their MTV Unplugged appearance the previous month. The show ended with a rare In Utero-era performance of the Nevermind hidden track, "Endless, Nameless."

The performance featured second guitarist Pat Smear, who had joined the band at the start of the In Utero tour, and cellist Lori Goldston. As with other shows on the tour, the stage was decorated with winged anatomical models and fake trees.

At the end of "Endless, Nameless," the band smashed their instruments and stage props, with Cobain decapitating one of the winged models with his guitar. As McCarthy-Miller recalled, "There's a shot where [Cobain] walks up to the camera guy on stage, a guy named Charlie Huntley, and I'm in the booth directing, telling [Charlie] 'Stay with him!' And then Kurt ends up spitting in the lens. It was a moment." Finnerty added, "I was standing on the side of the stage, it was an incredible view, the way they built the set the fans were able to get really close, so, at the end of the show, Kurt was grabbing their hands and pulling them onto the stage. I've seen them trash a lot of stages, and they did it again here, but that one was pretty amazing because the audience was just so close to it all."

The concert, which began with the Breeders' set at 5 p.m., was filmed in front of approximately 2,000 fans. Nirvana's set ended at 8:15 p.m.


N/A - Brand New Release 

A1 Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
A2 Drain You
A3 Breed
A4 Serve The Servants
A5 Rape Me

B1 Sliver
B2 Pennyroyal Tea
B3 Scentless Apprentice
B4 All Apologies
B5 Heart-Shaped Box

C1 Blew
C2 The Man Who Sold The World
C3 School
C4 Come As You Are
C5 Lithium

D1 About A Girl
D2 Endless, Nameless


First-time stand-alone audio release of the Nirvana concert video LIVE AND LOUD from the MTV-shot performance at Seattle’s Pier 48 on December 13, 1993.
Includes a replica VIP backstage pass with a download code.
Gatefold sleeve. Includes a printed insert.

℗ 2013 © 2019 UMG Recordings, Inc. Manufactured and distributed by Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., 2220 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404 - U.S.A. MTV: Music Television, Live & Loud and all related titles and logos are trademarks of MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc.

Mixed [...] July 2013