Rare photo and audio of Nirvana live at The Milestone resurfaces

By CLTure

January 28, 2020

Photo: Jason Ferguson

Since 1969, The Milestone has been a right of passage for Charlotte live music purists hosting a range of storied indie rock and punk bands in the ’80s and ’90s like R.E.M., Fugazi, Black Flag, Dinosaur Jr., and Violent Femmes. One of the most iconic bands that played The Milestone in the ’90s were Seattle grunge rock pioneers, Nirvana.

Nirvana ‘All The Kings Horses’ vinyl recorded live at The Milestone on May 2, 1990. Photo: Lunchbox Records

The band performed at the intimate rock venue on May 2, 1990, and a bootleg vinyl was even created from the recordings that evening titled, All The Kings Horses. According to setlist.fm, Kurt Cobain and his upstart indie alternative rock band played 18 songs including early versions of “In Bloom” and “Love Buzz.”

Photo: Jason Ferguson

There are a few recordings on YouTube that are remarkably clear for a show nearly 30 years ago although the audio does start fading out at the 47-minute mark.




Check out the full setlist:

“Here She Comes Now” (The Velvet Underground cover) (Live Premiere)
“Floyd the Barber”
“Love Buzz” (Shocking Blue cover)
“Dive”
“About a Girl”
“Polly”
“Scoff”
“Stay Away”
“Molly’s Lips” (The Vaselines cover)
“School”
“Big Cheese”
“Spank Thru”
“In Bloom”
“Sappy”
“Been a Son”
“Stain”
“Negative Creep”
“Blew”

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