Diving back into the Far Out Magazine Vault, we explore some rare footage of Nirvana’s last show in Los Angeles which was released by filmmaker Dave Markey. The clip, recorded at the Los Angeles music venue the Forum in December 1993, was filmed while Nirvana toured their In Utero album, four months before lead singer Kurt Cobain took his own life.
“A band that I had worked with, toured with; people that I would call my friends. A band that both the world and myself really loved (can’t really say this has happened since),” Markey commented. “Within just a few short months it would sadly all be over.”
In the clip, the band performed cover versions of Vaselines song ‘Jesus’, a rendition of David Bowie effort ‘Man Who Sold The World’ and fan favourite Nirvana track ‘All Apologies’. While performing the Vaselines cover, Cobain sang: “Don’t expect me to cry for all the reasons you had to die,” as he dedicated the song to actor River Pheonix who had died of a heroin and cocaine overdose just two months earlier.
Cobain, who was always very vocal about difficult themes, never shied away from voicing his opinion on sensitive topics, always doing so with the utmost compassion. “If you die you’re completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on. I’m not afraid of dying,” he once famously said. “Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the best hope I’ve got.”
When the enigmatic Nirvana frontman took to the stage in Los Angeles for the final time in 1993, he did so with the very same unequivocal artistic approach. “20 years ago tonight (December 30, 1993) I stood on Kurt’s side of the stage at my hometown’s Los Angeles Forum and captured the last set I would see of this band,” Markey added when speaking about the concert.
“A band that I had worked with, toured with; people that I would call my friends. A band that both the world and myself really loved (can’t really say this has happened since). Within just a few short months it would sadly all be over. I’m glad to have documented this show, as well as their pre-fame fun in 1991.”
See the footage, below.