For years, fans of Nirvana have longed for a glimpse into the band’s electrifying live performances during their peak in 1993/1994. Recently, it was revealed that a 30th-anniversary celebration of “In Utero” would grant these wishes, unearthing two complete shows from late 1993 and early 1994, including a hometown gig in Seattle, to be released as part of this expansive edition.
As reported by Metal Injection – In a recent interview with MOJO Magazine, Nirvana’s bassist Krist Novoselic expressed his enthusiasm, emphasizing the power of these live recordings: “The shows rock. They need to be heard. Now with the AI, you can take a stereo mix and then break it down into a multitrack. So you can get really good mixes. They sound raw. And you get Kurt up there who’s just carrying the show. Amazing.”
Amidst the discussion, Novoselic also mentioned a potentially controversial idea akin to Abba’s digital holographic tour, a notion he humorously pondered: “‘Nirvanatar,’ you never know! I’ll say ‘no way,’ then it’s like, ‘How much?? When do we start?!'” Abba’s digital hologram tour has been a commercial success, grossing approximately $2 million weekly.
Regardless of the speculative ‘Nirvanatar’ concept, Novoselic eagerly looks forward to future epic reunions, echoing the unforgettable 2012 performance where Paul McCartney stepped into Kurt Cobain’s shoes: “I’m always hoping for that. There was a time when I thought I’d never play those songs again. We had a conversation – ‘Let’s do it, but not overdo it.’ So yeah, when it’s the right moment.”
The 30th-anniversary edition of “In Utero” isn’t just about the music; it’s a collector’s treasure. Remastered by Bob Weston, the album comes in various deluxe box formats, boasting exciting extras like replica backstage passes, a 3-D mobile of the cover art’s angel, and a removable acrylic panel of said art complete with a display stand. Novoselic humorously notes, “You know, people love that tactile stuff.”