02/06/92 - Selina's, The Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney, Australia

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After a discordant piece of guitar the band open the set up with Aneurysm. Despite the excellent choice of opening number though it is not a promising start. It is obvious even from the moment Kurt opens his mouth that is voice is very strained and the playing it must be said rather poor.

The bad start though is somewhat deceptive as from that point on the show shows remarkable improvement, with School and Lithium standing out. The pace of the performance however, is slow and plodding, with large gaps between most of the songs, causing the show to lose momentum and the band to lose any initiative they may have gained.

After the band has dispatched a solid rendition of About A Girl there comes a slow plodding jam reminiscent of their Bleach era material. This is followed swiftly by very good Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Unusually at the mid point of the set, the band has yet to speak. Shortly before Lounge Act Krist decides to break the silence with a piece of delicate irony "About time we said hello." It would seem that this show is not to be one for dialogue as the band remain silent until Krist begins the "come on people now…" intro to Territorial Pissings when Dave interrupts him with a message to the crowd "Thanks for coming… god bless you."

At the end of the set the band destroys instruments, the video does show brief footage of this, but it doesn't seem anything out of the ordinary, well for Nirvana anyway.

The Verdict

Not a particularly inspired performance, the only real highlight being a relatively early performance of All Apologies. A disappointment given the performance of the previous night.

Review written by Matt Seward 2002