Video of Nirvana Live at Maxwell’s (1989)

While touring in support of their debut album ‘Bleach’ (Sub Pop 1989), Nirvana hit the iconic stage in Hoboken, NJ


Nirvana Live at Maxwell's (1989)
Photo by Paul the Insomniac

The energy that night at Maxwell’s captured in these amazing lo-fi videos is off the charts. They show a bunch of kids who in just a couple of years would take over the world as well as a legendary venue at the peak of Hoboken’s rock scene.

At the time, in addition to Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic, the band’s lineup consisted of Chad Channing on drums and Jason Everman on guitar. They were touring in support of the album ‘Bleach’, which had been released on Sub Pop about a month earlier.


Nirvana Live at Maxwell’s 07/13/89

Here’s the Set List:

  • School
  • Floyd The Barber
  • Love Buzz (Shocking Blue cover)
  • Scoff
  • About A Girl
  • Spank Thru
  • Paper Cuts
  • Mr. Moustache
  • Big Cheese
  • Polly
  • Sifting
  • Blandest
  • Negative Creep
  • Blew

It’s moments like this that make me proud of Hoboken’s history. It also inspires me work even harder at trying to make a scene like this happen again. And it will.

See Also:
Maxwell’s
Paul the Insomniac
Bleach 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (amazon)


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