Dave Grohl Plays 1st Show With Nirvana On This Date In 1990

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Seminal grunge rock band Nirvana held a concert on this date in 1990 at North Shore Surf Club in Olympia, Washington. The show not far from their hometown Aberdeen was the first to have Dave Grohl behind the kit playing drums.

Since founding Nirvana in 1987, guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic had cycled through a number of drummers prior to landing on Grohl, who had just left the Washington D.C.-based group Scream. A suggestion by Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne for Grohl to tryout for Nirvana led to an audition and subsequent finalization of the group’s ultimate core lineup.

Below is video footage and an audio recording of the trio’s concert first concert together, held on October 11, 1990. Grohl’s debut included a rendition of “Love Buzz” by Shocking Blue, which had been issued as the first Nirvana single two years prior. Early Nirvana originals “Scoff” and “Silver” as well as part of their cover of Devo’s “Turnaround” can be seen in the two videos below:

[Love Buzz]

[Love Buzz / Scoff / Silver / Turnaround]

The start of the show was plagued with power issues at the threesome attempted covers of The Vaselines’ “Son of a Gun” and “Molly’s Lips” and Wipers’ “D-7.” The set saw takes on tracks from their 1989 debut album Bleach, such as “About a Girl,” “Floyd the Barber” and “Negative Creep,” among others. Future Nevermind cuts “Breed,” “In Bloom” and “Stay Away” were also played 27 years ago tonight. Listen to audio of the show below:

Setlist

Nirvana at North Shore Surf Club

  • Son of a Gun  
  • Molly's Lips  
  • D-7  
  • Blew  
  • Negative Creep
  • Been a Son
  • Stain
  • Floyd the Barber
  • About a Girl
  • Spank Thru
  • School
  • Stay Away
  • Breed
  • Big Cheese
  • In Bloom
Encore
  • Dive
  • Love Buzz  
  • Scoff
  • Sliver
  • Turnaround  
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