Kurt Cobain’s friend John Purkey discussed going backstage at a 1991 Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Red Hot Chili Peppers show, and seeing Courtney Love backstage in a new video on his Observer YouTube channel.
“It was the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana at the Coliseum in Phoenix, or Mesa, but it was basically Phoenix. Krist put me and three friends on the list, and that was amazing because I had seen them at the Paramount.
You guys have probably seen the Sold Out Nirvana video, that was the Paramount show, but seeing them in a coliseum was really bizarre, and I didn’t really like it that much. Actually, it seemed really weird, because when everything is mic’d and it’s going through a PA, the whole energy is different. But anyway, I got backstage passes and actually hung out with those guys until they walked out onstage. They walked onstage, and I walked out into the audience. So that was kind of crazy, hearing the crowd all go crazy.
I remember Courtney was backstage with Kurt, and Kurt introduced me. I met Courtney twice, he introduced me to Courtney two different times. So there was that time, and then there was the show in Salem, Oregon. So yeah, moving to Albequerque, I lost contact with those guys a little bit, but I did keep in contact with Krist. Probably called him enough to annoy him, because seeing those guys on magazines, there was so much hype.”