On December 13th, 1993, Nirvana played a raw, bruising hometown show in Seattle. "We were on that night," says touring guitarist Pat Smear, who had joined the band at Kurt Cobain's invitation that summer. "If you listen to the shows from back then, it's just so obvious how into it Kurt was."
That night's set, with furious versions of "Pennyroyal Tea," "Serve the Servants" and more, is a highlight of the 20th-anniversary re-issue of Nirvana's third LP, In Utero, due out September 24th in a range of deluxe formats. Other treasures include producer Steve Albini's abrasive, never-before-heard original mixes of "Heart-Shaped Box" and "All Apologies"; a pair of long-lost instrumental jams; and demos and handwritten lyrics from the final year of Cobain's life. "Listening to that stuff, you can get sad," says Smear. "Especially when you hear Kurt talking – like, 'My friend's gone, forever.'"
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