We love it when our friends become successful. Especially when they graduate from playing the dingy, sticky-floored bars to stadiums and multi-platinum, worldwide stardom while upending the music business with a loud, don’t give a f— sound that nobody’s ever heard before.
So you can imagine how the fine gentlefolk of Seattle felt on September 11, 1992, when Nirvana came back home to play their first hometown show since conquering the planet with their 1991 breakthrough, Nevermind. The Seattle Center Coliseum show (with openers Helmet and Fitz of Depression) had Seattle residents super-psyched when MTV News came around to ask about the local boys done good.
In addition to speaking to a woman who claimed to be Kurt’s cousin and childhood Big Wheel-riding buddy, Kurt’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, popped up and mused about her conflicted feelings about her son’s stardom. “I have mixed emotions about it,” she said. “I’m glad he made enough of a success to make a living but some of it is too much for him, I think.”
Nirvana, who were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, played in front of 15,000 fans that night.
Check out the video below and look for Hacky Sack Guy, who pretty much sums up the whole “whatever, nevermind” sentiment of the day.