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Nirvana's Last Concert

On March 1, 1994, "Nirvana" took the stage for the last time and played the last chord of their short career.

(Photo: YouTube)

The performance took place at "Terminal 1 Flughafen München" in Munich Germany in front of 3,050 people.

Many believe that the band's last performance was on November 18, 1993, a performance during which the album MTV Unplugged was recorded, but this is not the case. The band went on a short tour in the United States and then continued it in Europe, with the last performance on March 1, 1994 in Munich, amid the European tour.

As the European tour progressed Kurt Cobain seemed increasingly pale and sickly, and his voice could not withstand the intensity of the performances. The Doctors diagnosed him with bronchitis and sore throat and asked him to take a break, but he ignored them.

The acoustics of the place was terrible, it was not a place adapted for performances of this kind. Kurt Cobain did not know this until the show started as he did not show up for the sound check. Regardless of the poor acoustics, it was clear to everyone in the audience that Cobain's voice was betraying him.

The band was accompanied by guitarist Pat Smear who in this part of the tour also took on the role of background vocals from Dave Grohl as well as cellist Melora Creager.

The last song Kurt ever played in front of an audience was "Heart-Shaped Box". It just hurts to hear him struggle to get to the chorus's higher notes; later, he even gave up and performs it at a lower octave.

This historic moment was immortalized and recorded, and it is Kurt's last musical testimony in a public performance.

It was clear to everyone that Cobain could not continue to perform in this way and the rest of the scheduled tour in the round was canceled.

Kurt passed away a month later on April 5, 1994.

The setlist of that historic evening:

  1. My Best Friend's Girl

  2. Radio-Friendly Unit Shifter

  3. Drain You

  4. Breed

  5. Serve the Servants

  6. Come as You Are

  7. Sliver

  8. Dumb

  9. In Bloom

  10. About a Girl

  11. Lithium

  12. Pennyroyal Tea

  13. School

  14. Polly (Acoustic)

  15. Very Ape

  16. Lounge Act

  17. Rape Me

  18. Territorial Pissings

  19. The Man Who Sold the World

  20. All Apologies

  21. On a Plain

  22. Blew

  23. Heart-Shaped Box

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