Krist Novoselic recently went on the record saying that there are no more unreleased Nirvana songs, but he was quick to bait completist fans with promises of video — “lots” of it. Already his words ring true: a DVD chronicling Nirvana’s headlining slot at the 1992 Reading Festival is slated for a May 4 release.
The show is notable for a few reasons: First, it was the one in which Kurt came out from backstage in a wheelchair and performed in a hospital robe. (He is edgy in a way that our collective cultural imagination has totally forgotten about.) And it captures the band at the peak of its power/popularity at a festival devoted pretty much exclusively to powerful and popular rock bands. That a three – or four (Pat Smear?) – piece punk rock group could command a crowd of that size is really worth witnessing; given the subsequent blanding of British radio music, it’ll be nice to have an artifact of rawer times. Also, the band covers “More than a Feeling.”