Tag: Nirvana

Watch Sir Paul McCartney Jam with Nirvana at Safeco Field

Last night (7/19/13) at Safeco Field in Seattle, WA, Sir Paul McCartney was joined by the remaining members of Nirvana and treated fans to “Helter Skelter,” “Cut Me Some Slack,” and “Get Back.”

Video credits: Trent Moorman

Watch Best Coast Ruin “About A Girl”

Watch Best Coast Ruin “About A Girl”

Been circling around the web all day, and it would be wrong of us not to share it with you.  Best Coast (who were just tapped by Green Day to open on their massive tour) played a show on Sunday and decided now was the time to start ruining songs made popular by other artists. It wasn’t enough that they were going around playing their own sad excuses for songs but now they’re taking your favorite artist and dragging them through the mud. That Bethany chick said before the song  “We’ll play a Nirvana cover now. Feel free to film it”. Feel free to film it? Has anyone ever started a sentence with “We’ll play a Nirvana cover” and not expect filming to commence? It’s 2012. Anyway, if your ears need a good beating, we’ve got the video for you below:

The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of ONLY Jay Porks and may not represent the feelings of the rest of the Concert Confessions community. Actually, this writer waited for the boss man Reverend Justito to leave for a show before posting this, just in case..

The Robert Glasper Experiment & Bilal @ Chicago’s Double Door – March 10, 2012

Last weekend I had the pleasure of finally witnessing The Robert Glasper Experiment do their thing. Although drummer Chris “Daddy” Dave wasn’t on this tour, replacement Mark Colenburg more than held his own. (As I knew he would after I saw him play with The Robert Glasper Trio last month in St. Louis. Don’t miss my audio recording of that here.)

On this chilly Chicago night, special guest Bilal joined the Experiment for 3 tunes: the David Bowie cover, Letter To Hermione, the J Dilla produced Reminisce, and his seminal piece, All Matter. On top of that, the Experiment played for well over 2 hours without a break. One of the highlights for me was Glasper repeatedly teasing Radiohead‘s Everything In Its Right Place during this 6 minute piano solo, which led into All Matter. I ended up shooting 48 minutes of footage using my video camera, external microphone and monopod.

Check out the videos over at Funk It Blog.

The Robert Glasper Experiment:
Robert Glasper: keys
Casey Benjamin: saxophones, keytar, vocoder, keys
Derrick Hodge: bass
Mark Colenburg: drums
+ special guest Bilal: vocals

Full setlist: A Love Supreme (John Coltrane cover), A Tear To A Smile (Roy Ayers cover), Butterfly (Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters cover), Letter To Hermione (David Bowie cover) (with Bilal), Lift Off (inc. drum solos), Bass solo > Say Yes (Floetry cover), Cherish The Day (Sade cover), Reminisce (with Bilal), Piano solo (w/ Everything In It’s Right Place teases) > All Matter (with Bilal), Ah Yeah > Drum solo > Smells Like Teen Spirit

Oh Well, Whatever, Nevermind – A Benefit Concert: 09/20/11 – Seattle, WA

Nevermind Tribute Concert 09/20/11

Experience Music Project – Seattle, WA

Words/Photos by Jakobross424

 

20 years ago, one of the most iconic, influential, and groundbreaking album of all time was released: Nevermind. Some people know it as the album with the naked baby on the cover. Some know it as the album with that one song from Guitar Hero on it. But if you are like me, you know it for what it is –  one of the greatest albums of all time. In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album’s release effectively, Seattle’s Experience Music Project Museum hosted a benefit concert for Susie Tennant, a great friend of Kurt Cobain who is struggling with breast cancer. The event sold out within a few days, and with little information being released as to how the night would go, I knew I would be in for something either extremely amazing, or horribly unsatisfying. Much to my surprise, I got both.

After a quick pic with original Nirvana drummer Aaron Burckhard, I waited for something to happen. And it did.

 

 “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

The song that brought grunge into the mainstream. One of the reasons Nevermind sold as many copies as it did. What band would have the balls to even attempt to perform it? Sure it has been attempted in the past. Everyone from Miley Cyrus to Paul Anka to Tori Amos has covered the song. But this time it would be Pac NW punk pioneers the Fastbacks. Remember when I went to Bumbershoot and told you how old NoMeansNo were? Well the Fastbacks are even older! They are probably the most unlikely punk band to ever exist. The rhythm guitarist was an old Asian woman. That’s how weird this band is.The crowd was not into it, but the Fastbacks made the attempt. The lead guitarist bounced around and showed some energy, trying to keep the band together. But my advice: LEARN THE WORDS TO THE SONG. For some reason, a recurring theme of the night was either forgetting the lyrics or simply not knowing them. It’s like they were told yesterday that they would be singing a Nirvana song in front of a sold out crowd.

 

“In Bloom”

In Bloom is a less difficult song to conquer, but it might as well have been sung in Greek, because Vaporland—where good Sub Pop bands come to die—screwed that one up. If you are in a lo-fi nineties fuzz rock Sub Pop band, and the year was 1992, I wouldn’t expect anything more from Vaporland. But these guys are old. They could at least learn to play in rhythm with each other. The drums were so off that Neil Peart actually woke up from a nightmare in his Canadian home when Vaporland started playing.

 “Come As You Are”

This performance was probably the first good one of the night. It was performed by Valis, a semi-supergroup that featured ex-Screaming Trees bassist Van Conner, famous Sub Pop producer Jack Endino, and two other dudes. The lead singer, whoever he was, had all the angst of Kurt himself combined with the energy of Cage the Elephant singer Matt Shultz. These guys did a pretty great version of “Come As You Are” that Kurt Cobain himself would have been proud of.

 “Breed”

Looks like we got a 2 for 4 here guys! The next band to come on stage was up-and-comers Ravenna Woods. I know the name sounds folksy and Fleet Foxes-ish, but these guys were far from folk. They turned the amps to 11, and put on a loud, fast, and heavy version of “Breed.”

 

 “Lithium”

As soon as I song tall guy with blond hair, I knew that Mr. Duff McKagan himself would be performing one of Nevermind’s most famous songs with his band Loaded. Duff McKagan, former member of The Fastbacks and Guns N Roses, was not only on Cobain’s final commercial airline flight, but was more than happy with performing at this show. So I will call that the truce. Duff warned the audience that he crammed the words into his head at the last minute, so if we could sing along, then that would be great. Duff had all the words down and put on the best performance of the night so far. They were loud, and did absolute justice to the song.

 

“Polly”

The last song on the A-side of the album would be performed by up-and-comers Campfire OK. I have heard of these guys before, but never actually listened to them. But as soon as I saw the banjo, I knew I would be in for an interesting take on the creepiest song on Nevermind. Before they played, the emcee announced a super secret special guest. Who could it be? Eddie Vedder? The kid on the cover of Nevermind? Courtney Love? Frances Cobain? I was excited to find out.

Campfire OK, with a lead singer who looked like Ralphie from A Christmas Story, noted how Duff McKagan would be a hard act to follow, but they pulled it off. With a feedback induced banjo, a Gretsch guitar, a Gibson bass, and the small drum set that was already set up, Campfire OK played a great version of Kurt Cobain’s ode to kidnap.

 I know you are asking, what about the super secret guest? Although he couldn’t be there in person, Dave Grohl appeared via webcam and gave a shout out to Susie Tennant. It was cool that Dave could “be there,” and I was anxiously preparing for the B-side of the album.

 

“Territorial Pissings”

This song would be tackled by the mostly-female four piece Visqueen, who opened the song with a Dixie Chicks style version of the Youngbloods classic “Get Together.” The song had some cello in it, but it was cool and was easily the best female performance of the night.

 

“Drain You”

I don’t know how I could even describe this, but I will try. This song was covered by Champagne Champagne for this particular occasion. Champagne Champagne turned out to be a rap duo and a guitarist, with drum loops playing in the background. One of the rappers started out singing, he went into the crowd to get them pumped, but no one seemed to care. Then he forgot all the words. He sat there on the stage awkwardly while he attempted to remember the words. The chorus came around again and he sang it, along with the other guy who looked like he belonged in a Bad Brains cover band. The version was a mess. Mr. Forgot-the-Words stumbled around, he stepped on people’s shoulders, and they even did an interlude of one of their original rap songs. I knew that somewhere Kurt was rolling over in his grave. And he was cremated!

 

 “Lounge Act”

I knew that the next performance couldn’t possibly be worse than the previous one, but it was still pretty bad. Half random internet humor hipsters and half riot grrrrrl band, Tacocat—yes, Tacocat—performed “Lounge Act”, the unsung hero of the Nevermind record. The version was loud and kinda messy, but like I said, it wasn’t worse than Drain You. So Tacocat lucked out on this one, otherwise they would’ve been one of the worst of the night.

 

“Stay Away”

This song was tackled by alt punk band Vendetta Red, who after a four year break up are riding high on the reunion band-wagon. “Stay Away” is a pretty fast song, but somehow Vendetta Red made it an even faster song. The Roger Daltrey influenced lead singer did the power slide and even swung his microphone around, and probably broke it. Kurt would have been proud of these guys’ attitude and sound. With screaming galore, Vendetta Red put on one of the most Nirvana-y performances of the night.

  “On a Plain”

This was the song I was excited about, because this would be the one that would be covered by Grammy-nominated Seattle legends Presidents of the United States of America. Not only would PUSA be performing—sans basitars and guitbasses, unfortunately—but they would be performing with former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. He was one of Kurt’s best friends, and he had the audience give the biggest cheer a small group of people could give in honor of Kurt. It was a beautiful moment. Lead singer Chris Bellew asked one of the roadies for some duct tape, because he “wanted to do something irresponsible.” As soon as the song kicked in, he jumped into the audience and crowd surfed as he sang “On a Plain.” He did so about three other times and never lost his beat. He dove right on top of me, which was fine because he weighs like 90 pounds. This was by far the best performance of the night, and it would be a very tough act to follow.

 

“Something In the Way”

Kurt Cobain’s song ode to living under a bridge was covered by indie folk band The Long Winters. Their version of the song was somber and haunting, just as Kurt’s was. It was a good way to end a good night. And I was hoping to God that no one would attempt to cover “Endless, Nameless,” the hidden track on Nevermind.

 

 “Endless, Nameless”

Oh, Dear Lord. “Endless, Nameless” is 7 minutes of noise. There, I said it. How do you cover noise? How do you make it any worse than the original? How could one band be any worse than Champagne Champagne? I found out. As soon as I saw all the keyboards and laptops and chords and electro-boxes, I knew I was either in for some dub step, or some space rock. I was hoping for the latter. I got neither.The “band” whose name I didn’t stick around long enough to hear, were absolute trash.The “singer” screamed gibberish into the microphone. And he had stupid sideburns. STUPID! The two “musicians” head banged as they pressed “PLAY” on their MacBooks. I actually wanted to punch them for considering themselves musicians and calling that abomination and actual performance.I left because it was getting around midnight and I was tired. I didn’t really care to hear the second set that would feature 7 other Nirvana songs that weren’t on Nevermind. I heard what I wanted to hear and what I didn’t want to hear.

The show did well financially I am sure, but they did not do well on choosing bands. Why not Mudhoney or Alice in Chains or Soundgarden? Why not have any other cool special guests? Was Susie Tennant actually there? Next time you decide to do a tribute show, pick some bands that can deliver and make Kurt proud. And here’s hoping for a 2013 In Utero tribute…….not.

 

Best Performances of the Night:

1. PUSA w/ Krist Novoselic

2. Duff McKagan’s Loaded

3. Campfire OK

4. Visqueen

5. Valis

 

Worst Performances of the Night

1. That Abomination to All Music

2. Champagne Champagne

3. Tacocat

4. Vaporland

5. The Fastbacks

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