02/14/92 - Kokusai Koryu Center, Osaka, Japan
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Nirvana had once again decided to change things around for their performances in Japan, moving the detuned songs; Negative Creep, Been A Son, On A Plain et all to the start of the set giving the opening of the set a rather menacing and aggressive tone. Also for the first time they were leaving Smells Like Teen Spirit for the set closer.
It is clear almost from the outset that the band, once again benefiting from the days off they had before the shows is playing strongly, with the standard being much higher than the poor opening to the Australian tour. The atmosphere was also proving to be different for the band. This is best evidenced during Something In The Way where the politeness of the Japanese fans reveals itself with only a few audible screams being heard in the song's quieter moments.
The band unsurprisingly are not used to this restrained attitude and tries to liven up the fans with Krist beckoning them to come forward before Territorial Pissings "Come to the front this is your rock and roll show".
Despite the unusual order of the songs the performance is strong, with tight playing is tight giving the songs an authority fitting the band; highlight include About A Girl, Aneurysm and a great Lounge Act during the band's encore.
The performance also features this oft-quoted line from Kurt before Smells Like Teen Spirit. "We will patiently wait for the dinosaurs to die out. They will die and then we'll move into their homes." Delivered as usual in dead pan it a clear statement from Kurt that he sees a new order in rock.
A strong powerful performance from the band, although they seem to find it difficult to engage with the audience, they deliver an eclectic set that highlights the band's many strengths.
Review written by Matt Seward 2002