Listening to the Nirvana bootleg classic "Roma" really brings it home. The sound quality is spectacular and the setlist astounding. The show took place in Rome on February 22nd, 1994, the location where weeks later Kurt would attempt suicide. Less than two months later he'd be dead.
Listen to "Serve the Servants". Listen to "Sliver". Listen to "About A Girl". Listen to "Heart Shaped Box". Listen to all 23 songs from this magnificent bootleg. The band sounds great...and then they were no more.
Sometimes I view my Top 10 Bands as listed in HyperLists and wonder who's fooling who? I don't even believe my own list. How can I have Nirvana listed at #3? When 17 year old Mike heard the opening chords to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" back in '91, music as he knew it changed forever. I haven't been able to listen to my Motley Crue or Poison CDs since. I still crave that sound the media labelled as "grunge" constantly I need a daily dose of grunge almost 13 years after the fact. My ears crave it, my mind begs for it and my heart demands it. "Very Ape" from the Roma bootleg is on right now and I'm delighted. It's perfect.
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