01/31/92 - The Palace, Melbourne, Australia
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The opening night of the band's 3-night stint in the Palace Melbourne sees the first full video of the tour. It allows us to get our first extended look at the band in action on the tour. The first difference you will probably notice is in the band's dress. Kurt, infamous for wearing several layers of clothes is clad in a T-shirt and shorts, sensible no doubt when playing a sweaty club in an Australian summer. The heat also seems to have a stifling effect on the band with even Krist's pogoing kept to a bare minimum despite what appears to be an enthusiastic audience.
The performance itself is of a good standard but with few outstanding moments worth noting, a lively Breed perhaps being the one exception for the first half of the set. It is also noticeable that the band is not in a talkative mood with even Krist saying little until shortly after Breed where after making banal comments about the weather and tipping waiters admits that "I'll say anything to buy some time."
The most interesting part of the set comes when the band introduces D7 for the first time on the tour (that we know of anyway). Despite largely staying faithful to The Wipers' original Nirvana still manages to make the song their own as the songs soft to loud dynamics make a perfect fit with the band's own song structures. The band follow this relatively obscure cover with Smells Like Teen Spirit which as usual has the biggest cheer of the night.
The band does appear to be improving, albeit rather slowly. With few stand out performances and only one real highlight D7, which the band performs for the only time on the tour.
Review written by Matt Seward 2002