Remembering Kurt Cobain: Live Nirvana Covers


It’s been 22 years since Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain sadly and tragically took his own life on this date in 1994. The unfortunate member of the infamous 27 Club was an icon of the early 1990s grunge movement and his place among the most notable figures in rock music is indisputable. On a day of somber remembrance of a tormented talent, below are live cover performances of songs Cobain penned for Nirvana played by a number jam scene artists.

First up is Gov’t Mule performing “All Apologies” from Nirvana’s third album, 1993’s In Utero. The video captured by Zack Teibloom shows Warren Haynes and crew covering the song at the 2009 Rothbury Music Festival in Michigan, watch:

The next two videos feature covers of “In Bloom” by a pair of bands that have been teaming up for a number of recent tour dates: Umphrey’s McGee and TAUK. First is official footage of UM’s version of the second track from 1991’s acclaimed Nirvana LP Nevermind, sung by Brendan Bayliss on September 26, 2015 from the Chucktown Ball in Charleston, South Carolina:

TAUK recorded “In Bloom” for their 2015 studio album HEADROOM and have since incorporated the cover into several live appearances. Below is their instrumental performance from The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton, Florida on May 7, 2015 captured by CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS:

On Halloween 2009 Widespread Panic debuted a cover of “Come As You Are” from Nevermind. Here’s audience-shot footage from Austin Music Hall in Austin, Texas posted by entropy live of WSP’s lone rendition:

The Disco Biscuits returned to the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on February 21, 2014 for a hometown performance. The show saw the band bust out their cover of “Lithium” for the first time since a 2009 rendition at High Sierra Music Festival. Here’s audience-footage of the second set opening bust out captured by ReasonSensibly: