LIVE NIRVANA Concert Chronology January 16, 1993 - Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo (Hollywood Rock Festival), São Paulo, BR

  • NIRVANA
    • Kurt Cobain (vocals, guitar, backing vocals, drums)
    • Krist Novoselic (bass, backing vocals, vocals, guitar)
    • Dave Grohl (drums, backing vocals, vocals, bass)
  • Flea (trumpet)
  • Alex MacLeod (tour manager)
  • Jeff Mason (production manager)
  • Susanne Sasic (lighting designer)
  • Craig Montgomery (sound engineer)
  • Ian Beveridge (monitor engineer)
  • Earnie Bailey (guitar technician)
  • John Duncan (guitar technician)
  • Barrett Jones (drum technician)
  • Souza Cruz
Load In
12:30
Soundcheck
14:45
Doors
17:30
Dr. Sin Showtime
19:30
Hawaiian Engineers Showtime
20:20
L7 Showtime
21:50
NIRVANA Showtime
23:30
  1. Heart-Shaped Box
  2. Milk It
  3. Scentless Apprentice
  1. School
  2. Drain You
  3. Breed
  4. Sliver
  5. In Bloom
  6. About A Girl
  7. Dive
  8. Come As You Are
  9. Molly's Lips
  10. Lithium
  11. (New Wave) Polly
  12. D-7
  13. Smells Like Teen Spirit Flea on trumpet
  14. On A Plain
  15. Negative Creep
  16. Something In The Way
  17. Blew bass and drums false start
  18. Blew
  19. Run To The Hills jam
  20. jam
  21. jam
  22. Heartbreaker jam
  23. We Will Rock You part of KC drums and V., DG bass and V.
  24. Seasons In The Sun KC drums and V., DG bass, KN guitar (DG/KN B.V)
  25. Kids In America KC drums, DG bass and V., KN guitar (KC/KN B.V)
  26. Should I Stay Or Should I Go KC drums and V., DG bass, KN guitar
  27. 867-5309/Jenny KC drums and V., DG bass, KN guitar
  28. Rio KC drums and V., DG bass and V., KN guitar and V. (KC/DG B.V)
  29. Lounge Act jam
  30. Territorial Pissings
  31. Heart-Shaped Box
  32. Scentless Apprentice
SBD #1 incomplete
Equipment:
Soundboard > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
DAT(M) > ANA(1) > FLAC
Length / Sound Quality:
53 min / 10
Notes:
Surfaced in January 2014.
Missing everything before "D-7", which cuts in, and everything after "Territorial Pissings".
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" cuts out and "On A Plain" cuts in.
The master is believed to be complete.
PRO #1 incomplete
Equipment:
Soundboard > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
MASTER > ASF
Length / Sound Quality:
09 min / 9.0
Notes:
Shot by Globo TV with two cameras and soundboard audio.
Includes only half of "Drain You", most of "Breed", and clips of "Sliver", "Scentless Apprentice", the end-of-show destruction, and the band jamming on "Run To The Hills" and "Heartbreaker".
Released as ASF video files on Globo TV's website in April 2003.
PRO #2 incomplete
Equipment:
Unknown > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
VHS(X) > MKV
Length / Sound Quality:
10 min / 9.0
Notes:
Previously listed as VHS(1), which was found to be incorrect.
A upgrade transfer was circulated July 26th 2018.
Single camera PRO-shot video, filmed from the audience with clear audience audio, broadcast by MTV Brazil.
Includes only "School", "Drain You", some banter about lights, the very end of "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and "Seasons In The Sun".
Has cuts in "Drain You", "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and "Seasons In The Sun".
This is believed to be all that MTV shot, althought it's missing the João Gordo intro.
PRO #3a incomplete
Equipment:
Built In > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
MASTER > BETA(1) > MKV
Length / Sound Quality:
10:22 min / ??
Notes:
Higher quality and lower generation, but less complete at the beginning and at the end than PRO #3b.
Single camera PRO-shot video, shot from an elevated position, back right of the venue, broadcast by TV Cultura.
Includes only "School", "Drain You", some banter about lights and "Breed".
PRO #3b incomplete
Equipment:
Built In > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
MASTER > BETA(1) > U-MATIC(2) > MKV/MASTER > BETA(1) > U-MATIC(2) > BETA(1) > FLAC
Length / Sound Quality:
11:12 min / ??
Notes:
More complete, but lower quality than PRO #3a.
Single camera PRO-shot video, shot from an elevated position, back right of the venue, broadcast by TV Cultura.
Includes some pre-show footage, "School", "Drain You", some banter about lights, "Breed" and the band getting ready to play "Sliver".
PRO CLIP #1 incomplete
Equipment:
Unknown > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
Official DVD/LD [Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!]
Length / Sound Quality:
10 sec / 9.0
Notes:
Single camera PRO-shot video, filmed from the audience with distorted audience audio, broadcast by MTV Brazil.
Same shot as PRO #2, but features the band being introduced by João Gordo from the brazilian band "Ratos de Porão".
PRO CLIP #2 incomplete
Equipment:
Soundboard > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
TV > VHS(2) > DVDR
Length / Sound Quality:
50 sec / 9.5
Notes:
Shot by Globo TV with two cameras and soundboard audio.
Same shot as PRO #1, but features higher quality clips of "Breed", "Sliver", the first destruction during "Heartbreaker-jam" and the second destruction during "Scentless Apprentice" have been broadcast on Globo TV show called "Fantástico", 2003.
PRO CLIP #3 incomplete
Equipment:
Soundboard > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
TV > VHS(x) > DVD
Length / Sound Quality:
20 sec / ??
Notes:
Shot by Globo TV with two cameras and soundboard audio.
Broadcasted by TV Globo show called "Globo Repórter" in 01/22/93.
Same shot as PRO #1 but include clips not present on PRO #1.
Clips (without audio) of "Sliver", the first destruction during "Heartbreaker-jam" and Kurt doing a "guitar flip" around his neck, Kurt throwing a light stage in the middle of "Scentless Apprentice" or "Heart-Shaped Box" and the second destruction during "Scentless Apprentice".
PRO CLIP #4 incomplete
Equipment:
Unknown > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
MASTER > youtube
Length / Sound Quality:
20 sec / ??
Notes:
Posted in youtube BTV channel, August 2015.
Include clips (without audio) of "Drain You", shot from left side, and at least some images from another camera angle, shot from the right side of the stage.
Brazilian crew BTV was responsable for the Hollywood Rock "Making of", it's unsure if was BTV crew who taped the concert.
PRO CLIP #5 incomplete
Equipment:
Unknown > Unknown
Lowest Generation:
VHS(2) > DVDR
Length / Sound Quality:
30 sec / 9.5
Notes:
Single-camera PRO-shot with open mic audio.
Feature only 30 seconds of clips of "Milk It" and "Scentless Apprentice" from the soundcheck.
It's not know if the full songs were taped, incluind a version of "Heart-Shaped Box".
SBD #2

Includes at least the soundcheck. (DAT)

AMT #1

In the documentary "L7: Pretend We're Dead", you can see some clips of the L7 show. Maybe L7 taped parts of the Nirvana concert as well.

  • Nirvana played for about 105 minutes and did a jam session for 50,000 people, according to the local media and reviews.
  • There was at least 3 cameras on the stage and 2 in the back of the venue. Two big video screens on both sides of the stage were transmitting all the concerts to the crowd, but it is not known if these shots were full recorded.
  • Kurt seemed to be highly doped on medication (Dave says that Kurt got a lot of Valium before the show), most of the time he was at low speed. The performance was so horrible that some of the audience left, according to a review.
  • Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers played trumpet on "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
  • Seems that Kurt forgot how to play or can't hear Krist monitors during "Negative Creep" and the first attempt of "Blew". You can hear Krist teaching him how to start the song, but Krist and Dave start it without the usual first chords of "Negative Creep" and first attempt of "Blew" was aborted.
  • During "Something In The Way" Kurt changed a lot the lyrics.
  • After "Blew", the band did play some "jam's", Kurt did a "guitar flip" around his neck, smashed his guitar, dove into the audience and gave pieces of it to the crowd, after that, the band switched instruments, with Kurt on drums, Krist borrowed a guitar, and Dave on bass, this lasted until the end of “Rio” cover song.
  • Dave and Krist did start to play “Lounge Act”, but Kurt was looking for a left guitar. He got a untuned one and Krist got upset because he took so long to tune up while the band keep playing the song. Krist hurled his bass at Kurt (or in the floor/speakers) and walked offstage. The band was under contract to play for 90 minutes, so the crew had to retrieve Krist to finish the set. When Krist returned, he picked up his tossed bass from the stage and didn't bother to retune it or swap it out.
  • The band played “Territorial Pissings” completely out of sync and tune.
  • Two new songs were played, most likely “Heart-Shaped Box” and “Scentless Apprentice”, according to a review. Kurt even joked before the last song, saying that the drummer would win 75% of the royalties/copyrights. (Referring to Dave’s rhythmical creation of “Scentless Apprentice”).
  • After “Scentless Apprentice”, Krist and Dave left the stage but Kurt continued on stage breaking amplifiers, another guitar, stage lights and parts of the drums. Krist and Courtney had to get on the stage to remove Kurt, maybe saying, “The show is over. You can stop now”.
  • The songs “Been A Son, “Aneurysm“ and “Stay Away” may have also been played, according to a review and attendees.
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