New York, September 18, 2013 – To celebrate and commemorate the 20th anniversary re-issue of Nirvana’s groundbreaking third and final studio album, In Utero, MTV and VH1today opened its vault to unearth two lost performances and two never-before-seen rehearsals from “Nirvana: Live and Loud,” a concert which originally debuted on MTV on New Year’s Eve in 1993.
Filmed on December 13, 1993 at Seattle’s Pier 48 (less than a month after the MTV Unplugged in New York show taping), “Nirvana: Live and Loud” has been heralded as one of the band’s best live shows. Starting today, MTV and VH1 will roll out worldwide exclusive performances via Artists.MTV and Artists.VH1 beginning with “Heart-Shaped Box” today (September 18), and “Rape Me” tomorrow (September 19). On Monday, September 23rd, MTV and VH1 will premiere two never-before-seen rehearsal performances of “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter,” and “Very Ape,” which features a rare glimpse of the late Kurt Cobain playing drums. The full “Live & Loud” concert will premiere commercial-free on VH1 Classic on Monday, September 23 at 8pm ET/PT. The DVD will be released the following day on September 24.
On Friday, MTV News will debut an oral history of the show from MTV staffers and executives, including how the concert came together, Kurt Cobain’s response to Pearl Jam bowing out, as well as what made the performances so memorable. Additionally, MTV News will unearth additional archival footage and interviews with the band.
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