On 24 September 1991, Nirvana’s record “Nevermind” was released. In quick order it changed the trajectory of the Seattle music scene, and put The Jet City on the map. To celebrate this event, the tribute band Nevermind mounted the stage at the High Dive to play the music of Nirvana – and to party with the crowd!
The show’s purpose was to celebrate that 30th Anniversary of the Nirvana album “Nevermind” that catapulted them to the top of the charts, and changed the world of music forever. The tribute band Nevermind set out to bring their energy and volume to the High Dive in Seattle.
PNW native Luke Severeid opened the show with funny set of stand up comedy. Luke got his start in Tacoma and now tours West, Midwest and Canada. He brought humor to our humorless pandemic, and shed light on the ridiculous things at the corners of our lives. A comedian’s work is to make people think differently about the stuff right in front of their noses, and Luke did that in a long steady stream!
Then after a 40 minutes of well-deserved laughing, Nevermind hit the stage for the first of two sets!
Nick, Travis and Sean turned up the volume immediately. The setlist included all of the album Nevermind, plus many of Nirvana’s other songs:
- Floyd The Barber
- Fart Braker
- She Fucking Hates Me
- In Bloom
- Money Will Roll Right In
- Come As You Are
- About A Girl
- Lounge Act
- Sex And Candy
- Molly’s Lips
- More Than A Feeling / Teen Spirit
- On A Plain
- Heart Shaped Box
- Moby Dickbutt
- All Apologies
- Something In The Way
- Serve The Servants
- Rape Me
- The Man Who Sold The World
- Lake Of Fire
- Stay Away
- Territorial Pissings
- Jesus Don’t Want Me For A Sunbeam
- Endless Nameless
Then the beach balls came out, and the crowd started to jump around!
There is an unpolished element to Nirvana’s music that gives it honesty. Performing and listening both invoke a sense of belonging to something real – very real – and completely in the moment. After watching Nevermind respond and interact with the crowd, it’s no surprise that this music is a fan favorite!
After being cooped up in our Covid Hiberation, the crowd responded with excitement, movement and mosh – fed by the fuzz and glorious feedback. Nevermind was clearly in their element, playing off each other, inserting Led Zeppelin riffs here and there, and joking around with the fans.
Travis is lanky just like Krist Novoselic, so his appearance on stage makes the trio more legit.
While Nick plays his guitar right-handed, he pays homage to all of Kurt’s stage antics and gravely vocals.
Sean dominated the kit, and later in the show provided his own interpretation to John Bonham’s Moby Dick!
As a person who experienced The Grunge Era first hand, I can say that Nevermind’s High Dive show met every level of quality, sound, energy and noise! For me and others, the experience was one that left us ALL smiling, hugging, communing, and singing along. Nevermind is a band that will bring out the spirit of Nirvana for anyone – no matter what age – and give them all a taste of what true and honest music really can be. Introducing this to new generations is the right thing to do; it will prove that music exists beyond auto-tune and the corporate music generator. Nevermind brought honor to the 30th Anniversary of the album Nevermind in a big big way!
Keep an eye out for their upcoming shows, as they ramp up from the hiatus. You won’t regret it!