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Could There Be a ‘Nirvanavatar’ Virtual Performance? Krist Novoselic’s Response: “I’ll Say No Way, Then It’s Like, How Much? When Do We Start?!”
Nirvana’s final album, “In Utero,” celebrated its 30th anniversary last week, and fans can anticipate a deluxe reissue slated for release next month.
Geffen/UMe is set to unveil the 30th-anniversary editions of “In Utero” on October 27, available in various formats. These editions will feature two previously unreleased live show recordings from Kurt Cobain’s iconic band. The package includes complete concerts from the Los Angeles Great Western Forum (December 30, 1993) and Seattle Center Arena (January 7, 1994), along with six bonus live songs from the tour.
In a recent conversation with MOJO magazine, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic expressed his excitement about these live recordings, emphasizing that “the shows rock.” He went on to highlight the significance of sharing these performances with the world, stating, “They need to be heard.” Novoselic also mentioned the technological advancements that now allow for high-quality mixes from these recordings using AI, resulting in raw and captivating sound. He particularly praised Kurt Cobain’s exceptional stage presence, describing him as the driving force behind these memorable performances.
During the same interview, Krist Novoselic chuckled at the suggestion that Nirvana might someday reunite on stage as avatars, akin to the well-received ABBA “reunion” Voyage shows. These ABBA shows premiered on May 27, 2022, in London and have continued to run due to their immense popularity.
Krist Novoselic maintains an open-minded stance, stating, “You never know!” He humorously acknowledges that he might initially say “no way,” but when certain factors come into play, he might find himself saying, “How much?? When do we start?!”
Interestingly, it’s worth noting that Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin also discussed the possibility of a virtual performance experience similar to ABBA Voyage. He revealed that Led Zeppelin had explored such ideas long before ABBA’s acclaimed show came to light. However, disagreements among the band’s surviving members, including Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, prevented the project from progressing.
Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that the late Kurt Cobain was a devoted ABBA fan. In fact, he insisted that the ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again perform at the Reading Festival in 1992 when Nirvana headlined the event, showcasing his admiration for the Swedish pop group.