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Watch Nirvana's Last Los Angeles Show Ever At The Forum

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Spin found this excellent video by documentary filmmaker Dave Markey of grunge gurus Nirvana playing at the Forum in December of 1993. Unbeknownst to everyone there at the time, it was to be Nirvana's last L.A. show ever before Kurt Cobain committed suicide a few months later.

Markey writes:

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I stood on Kurt's side of the stage at my hometown's Los Angeles Forum and captured the last set I would see of this band. A band that I had worked with, toured with; people that I would call my friends. A band that both the world and myself really loved (can't really say this has happened since.) Within just a few short months it would sadly all be over.

The 15 minute video shows the band masterfully playing three songs, two of them covers: The Vaselines' "Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam," David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World," and "All Apologies," one of the band's biggest songs. Nirvana dedicated the first song to River Phoenix, who died at the Viper Room two months before the show.

This coming April will mark 20 years since Cobain's death.