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Unseen 1991 Nirvana Concert to Air on VH1

Chris Cuffaro,

The 20th anniversary of Nirvana‘s magnum opus ‘Nevermind’ is quickly approaching, with tributes and editorials already flooding the entertainment world. Originally released on Sept. 24, 1991, ‘Nevermind’ helped ignite the spark that began the “grunge” movement of the early ’90s, ending the dominance of “hair metal” on TV and radio.

VH1 has constantly praised the album, naming ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ the best song of the ’90’s and ‘Nevermind’ itself as the second-greatest album of all time, trailing only the Beatles’ ‘Revolver.’ VH1 will praise Nirvana once again on Sept. 23, 2011, by airing a never-before-seen concert titled ‘Nirvana: Live at the Paramount.’

‘Nirvana: Live at the Paramount’ will showcase the band in a rarely seen time frame. The concert was shot in Nirvana’s home town of Seattle on Halloween night in 1991, the band having had only a month of mainstream attention. According to a press release, “The historic and riveting concert will remind viewers how one band changed the music scene with an inspirational bounty of seminal songs including their 90’s anthem ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.'”

VH1 has revealed that 11 (of the 19) songs played by Nirvana that night will be featured in ‘Live at the Paramount.’ In addition to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ the concert broadcast features performances of ‘Lithium,’ ‘Breed,’ ‘Aneurysm,’ “Polly,’ ‘Sliver’ and other tunes.

The 60-minute ‘Nirvana: Live at the Paramount,’ will be simulcast on VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia on Sept. 23 at 11 PM ET/PT, ending the exact second Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ was unleashed 20 years ago.

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