Watch POST MALONE And TRAVIS BARKER Perform NIRVANA Classics
April 24, 2020
Rapper Post Malone, who is a huge NIRVANA fan, took part in a livestream concert on his YouTube channel, performing NIRVANA "hits and fan favorites" while raising money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Backing Post during the performance were BLINK-182 drummer Travis Barker, guitarist Nick Mack and bassist Brian Lee.
Malone admitted during the 75-minute concert that this was probably his first performance without Auto-Tune. "Everyone knows I can't sing for shit, but I'm trying to sing my heart out for ya'll tonight," he said.
The 15-song set included a near-complete performance of NIRVANA's classic "Nevermind" album ("Polly" and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" were the only excluded tracks),three cuts off "In Utero" ("Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle", "Very Ape" and "Heart-Shaped Box") as well as a pair of "Bleach" songs ("About A Girl" and "School").
02:02 Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle 07:32 Drain You 11:59 Come As You Are 16:23 Lounge Act 21:15 School 24:35 Heart-Shaped Box 30:32 Something In The Way 34:34 About A Girl 38:59 Stay Away 45:57 Lithium 52:58 Breed 57:30 On A Plain 01:02:34 Very Ape 01:05:02 Territorial Pissings 01:11:36 In Bloom
While apparently watching the live stream, NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic tweeted: "@PostMalone and crew are killing it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So proud of @PostMalone and crew. Everyone so good so talented. I am moved!!!!! I don't think these fellows can play any better. They are on fire!!!!"
On Wednesday, Courtney Love gave her stamp of approval to Malone for hosting the event. The HOLE frontwoman, widow of NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain, also thanked her late husband "mighty kc for writing these songs with your elegant and monkeyed hands that the kids still want to sing and play and hear and use to fight and hunt and cure and heal and eradicate this fucking covid19 virus."
Throughout the show, Google matched all donations at up to $5 million, with all proceeds going to the UN Foundation.
Post Malone previously covered "All Apologies" live. He also has a couple of NIRVANA tattoos, including a portrait of Kurt Cobain on his knuckles and the songtitle "Stay Away" on his forehead.
The rapper released his most recent album, "Hollywood's Bleeding", last September and recently collaborated with Ozzy Osbourne on the latter's new LP, "Ordinary Man".