Watch Kurt Cobain hit a bouncer with his guitar while performing ‘Love Buzz’ in 1991
Following the meteoric rise of Nirvana, after their hit album Nevermind had stormed the country, the band were still playing in relatively small venues. Now, in 1991, they just performed with much bigger crowds and a heightened sense of fandom.
At a show in Texas in the early 1990s, Kurt Cobain was standing in front of one of those bulging crowds, bustling for position and a piece of memorabilia, when, during a performance, Cobain took a dive into the crowd—not an unusual situation.
From the video below you can see a bouncer struggling to contain the crowd and ends up pushing Cobain in the face. It would see Cobain’s red mist descend and the artist swing his guitar at the bouncer’s head.
During a performance of the band’s cover of ‘Love Buzz’, Cobain decides to stage dive across a pulsating crowd. It’s a relatively common occurrence for the Nirvana frontman. After this, the security guard hits the singer when trying to retrieve him.
The Nirvana singer retaliates by slamming the bottom of his guitar into the bouncer’s face. With the force of Cobain’s hit, the weight of the guitar and the metal strap stud at the butt of the instrument taken into account, it’s amazing he wasn’t knocked out cold or his head split open like a melon.
The ponytailed bouncer doesn’t take the blow lightly. With Cobain drawing blood from the bouncer, he pulls the singer from the crowd and soon stands above him and slams him in the back of the head. The room erupts, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic stop playing instantly to diffuse the situation, the crowd heaves and we imagine the gravity of that punch landed heavily and swiftly on the security man’s shoulders. The crowd he had just been keeping at bay had a new target.
Cobain was in a fractious mood and had apparently been smashing up the stage sound equipment after being unhappy with the sound and the venue’s engineers. It could’ve been a reason for the bouncer to be no longer willing to deal with a frontman jumping into the crowd and causing yet more work for a tired crew.
The reports say that as the event was calmed Cobain went to hide backstage until he was told the offending bouncer had left the venue. Cobain then returned and the gig continued. Yet, the bouncer was waiting for the band outside, as the trio made their escape the bouncer began smashing the vehicle’s windows. The band escaped unharmed.
Below is the footage of the moment Kurt Cobain hit a bouncer over the head with his guitar.