One For The Roadie: 20th Anniversary Of “Nevermind” Brings Rare Concert Footage, Other Goodies

For many who grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s, Nirvana were the once-in-our-early-lives rock band, like the Beatles in the ’60s and Led Zepplin or The Who in the ’70s. Alas, Nirvana as a band couldn’t make it past the ‘90s due to the death of front man Kurt Cobain. So there won’t be any reunion concerts for people who couldn’t catch them when they were the end all (and saviors) of rock music, and took the negative connotations away from “alternative music.”

For those that’s true for, a rare treasure will be released on September 27, the 20th anniversary of the release of their opus, Nevermind. In the Super Deluxe Edition, a five disc set, Geffen will release a DVD of the only concert Nirvana performed while being filmed in 16MM (it was for the “Lithium” video). That means that it’s the only time they will ever been seen in high-definition, because 16MM was the only film stock around back then—that wasn’t cost-prohibitive to shoot with—which can be transferred to a high-res format.

Besides the fact that that we can hear “Smells Like Teen Spirit” or “Breed” over our 5.1 surround sound set up is that it is a sentimental concert film. It was shot at Seattle’s Paramount Theater, one of the most iconic and historical venues in America, right as Nirvana-mania took off in 1991. It’s about as pure as a piece of rock history you’ll see, up there with the Beatles at Shea or Hendrix at Woodstock. YouTube has a video that can’t be viewed outside the site (click here to see), but it’s worth it for a 30-second taste of what is sure to be money well spent.

For those Nirvana-heads who have XM-Radio, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart will be hosting a two-hour sit down with former members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, and the producer behind Nevermind Butch Vig. It will run on September 24th on the specially-branded Nirvana Channel that will run on the satellite-radio provider from 9/23–9/28.