Live at the Paramount

Dwell on the Paramount is a reside video and album by American rock band Nirvana, launched in September 2011. It was launched on DVD and Blu-ray Disc as a part of the twentieth anniversary of the band’s second album and mainstream breakthrough, Nevermind.

It options the band’s reside efficiency on the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington on October 31, 1991. Recorded 5 weeks after the discharge of Nevermind, the footage is taken from the one Nirvana present to be shot on 16 mm movie. The Blu-ray options uncompressed 48 kHz/24-bit sound.

In addition to the standalone DVD and Blu-ray releases, a DVD together with a CD audio model of the present can be found packaged collectively as a part of the restricted version Tremendous Deluxe field set reissue of the Nevermind album. The live performance was launched for the primary time on vinyl in April 2019.


Nirvana’s Paramount efficiency was the third of three reveals within the Pacific Northwest with fellow Seattle band Mudhoney, and the ultimate present of the North American leg of their Nevermind tour earlier than the band departed for Europe. The three concert events, which additionally featured reveals in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia, had been booked two months earlier and had been initially to function Mudhoney because the headliners. Nevertheless, the stunning success of the band’s second album, Nevermind, which had been launched the earlier month, led to Nirvana being moved to the headlining spot. The Seattle present, which additionally featured American rock band Bikini Kill on the invoice, additionally needed to be moved from the smaller Moore Theatre to the Paramount as a result of demand for tickets.[1]

The Paramount present was attended by roughly 2,800 individuals, making it the biggest viewers the band performed to in the course of the first a part of the Nevermind tour. Tickets to the present had been $10.[2]

The efficiency

Nirvana’s Paramount efficiency featured a typical set listing of the time, with materials from Nevermind and the band’s 1989 debut album Bleach, in addition to set listing regulars “Aneurysm”, “Been a Son” and the 1990 single, “Sliver”. The present additionally featured a canopy of “Jesus Desires Me for a Sunbeam” by Scottish rock band the Vaselines, and an early model of “Rape Me”, which Cobain wrote whereas Nevermind was being combined.[3]

The present was filmed by a video crew the band’s co-manager, John Silva, had employed for $250,000.[4] Cobain had invited Ian Dickson and Nikki McClure, two associates of his from Olympia, Washington, to bounce onstage, they usually wore shirts that learn “Woman” and “Boy”, respectively.[5]

English music journalist Everett True, a buddy of Cobain’s, described the Paramount present as “the top of an period” that confirmed that “incontrovertibly, Nirvana was now huge information”.[6] Seattle photographer Charles Peterson, acclaimed for his function in documenting the rise of town’s grunge scene, recalled that “the file label, unbeknownst to Nirvana, had arrange a giant movie shoot. There have been six guys all clad in black operating round with compact 35mm film cameras and I used to be like, ‘That is the start of the top.’ It was so unfair to their dwelling viewers as a result of it stilted the efficiency. It reeked of cash.”[5]

Beforehand launched songs

The thought of releasing the Paramount present in its entirety dates again to the band’s lifetime. In his 1993 Nirvana biography Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana, Michael Azerrad wrote that the present “might sooner or later be edited right into a full-length movie.”[7] By the point of Cobain’s demise in April 1994, a number of songs from the soundboard recording, combined by Andy Wallace, had been formally launched. “Faculty” and “Drain You” appeared on the second single from Nevermind, for the music “Come As You Are”, in March 1992. “Been a Son” appeared on the next single, for “Lithium”, in July 1992. Footage from the efficiency appeared within the music video for “Lithium” directed by Kevin Kerslake.

In November 1994, the Paramount variations of “A couple of Woman”, “Breed”, “Polly” and “Limitless, Anonymous” appeared within the dwelling video Dwell! Tonight! Offered Out!!, which had been compiled by Cobain however unfinished on the time of his demise. In October 1996, the Paramount model of “Detrimental Creep”, from Wallace’s combine, was launched on the reside compilation album From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah, compiled primarily by bassist Krist Novoselic. The video of “Jesus Does not Need Me for a Sunbeam” was launched on the DVD of the band’s rarities field set, With the Lights Out, in November 2004, whereas the video of “Polly” was re-released as a bonus function on the Basic Albums: Nirvana – Nevermind DVD in March 2005.

The complete soundboard of the Wallace combine had been accessible in buying and selling circles for years earlier than the discharge of Dwell on the Paramount, however stays unreleased.


Jayson Greene of Pitchfork wrote that “the enjoyment of Dwell on the Paramount is listening to the cost of this second: a terrific band newly well-known, nonetheless reeling and flooded with nervy adrenaline.”[8] Mark Deming of Allmusic in contrast the discharge to the 1964 movie A Laborious Day’s Night time in that they “captured the artists at a second the place success was a pleasure, simply earlier than it turned a burden.”[9]

Reviewing the vinyl launch in 2019, Kerrang!’s Nick Ruskell wrote that the live performance “would not even sound like one of the best present Nirvana ever performed. However that is what makes this particular – a very spectacular band captured with out hype, within the second, simply doing what they do. And for a band so steeped in legend, that could be a uncommon factor to have.[10]

The Blu-ray model has been broadly criticized for having audio sync issues.[11] Amazon has posted an announcement from Common that denies the issue exists,[12] however the evaluate on the web site offers the audio a rating of 0/5 due to the sync points.[13]


On December 12, 2021, Dwell on the Paramount was screened on the Paramount Theatre by Seattle Theatre Group, the nonprofit group answerable for venue. The screening featured opening reside music by Seattle rock bands Them and the Black Tones, with the latter band’s set combined by Nirvana’s sound engineer, Craig Montgomery.[14]

Monitor itemizing

All songs by Kurt Cobain except famous.

  1. “Jesus Does not Need Me for a Sunbeam” (The Vaselines cowl) (Eugene Kelly, Frances McKee)- 5:48
  2. “Aneurysm” – 5:05
  3. “Drain You” – 5:16
  4. “Faculty” – 2:57
  5. “Floyd the Barber” – 2:21
  6. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic)- 6:58
  7. “A couple of Woman” – 3:02
  8. “Polly” – 3:04
  9. “Breed” – 2:54
  10. “Sliver” – 2:18
  11. “Love Buzz” (Surprising Blue cowl) (Robbie van Leeuwen)- 4:01
  12. “Lithium” – 6:02
  13. “Been a Son” – 2:41
  14. “Detrimental Creep” – 3:00
  15. “On a Plain” – 4:09
  16. “Blew” – 3:00


  1. “Rape Me” (Early model) – 3:04
  2. “Territorial Pissings” (intro from the music “Get Collectively”, spoken by Krist Novoselic) – 8:05 (Cobain, Chet Powers)
  3. “Limitless, Anonymous” – 7:39 (Cobain, Grohl, Novoselic)

Bonus options

Easter Eggs

All video releases, the stand-alone DVD, Blu-ray, and the DVD that comes with the Nevermind “Tremendous Deluxe” boxset, function the next hidden tracks (easter eggs) from March 8, 1991, on the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, British Columbia.[15]

  1. “Territorial Pissings”
  2. “Breed”

Nevermind Tremendous Deluxe DVD

The DVD that comes with the restricted version Nevermind “Tremendous Deluxe” boxset options the music movies for the 4 singles from the Nevermind album. Nevertheless these are usually not included with the standalone DVD or Blu-ray launch.

  1. “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
  2. “Come as You Are”
  3. “Lithium”
  4. “In Bloom”


Chart (2011) Peak
Australian DVD Chart (ARIA Charts)[16] 1
Dutch DVD Chart (MegaCharts)[17] 4
Portuguese DVD Chart (AFP)[18] 5
Swedish DVD Chart (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 6
Swiss Music DVD Chart (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 4
UK Music Movies (OCC)[21] 4
US Prime Music Video Gross sales (Billboard)[22] 1


Area Certification Licensed models/gross sales
Australia (ARIA)[23] Gold 7,500^

^ Shipments figures primarily based on certification alone.

2019 vinyl launch

The live performance was launched as a double LP vinyl set on April 12, 2019,[24] which got here with a 12×24″ poster and a reproduction of the VIP cross that was used on the night time as a obtain card.[25][26]

Monitor itemizing

Facet A[27]

  1. Jesus Does not Need Me for a Sunbeam
  2. Aneurysm
  3. Drain You
  4. Faculty
  5. Floyd the Barber

Facet B

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
  2. A couple of Woman
  3. Polly
  4. Breed
  5. Sliver

Facet C

  1. Love Buzz
  2. Lithium
  3. Been a Son
  4. Detrimental Creep
  5. On a Plain

Facet D

  1. Blew
  2. Rape Me
  3. Territorial Pissings
  4. Limitless, Anonymous


Chart (2019) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[28] 70
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[29] 107
German Albums (Offizielle Prime 100)[30] 99
UK Rock & Metallic Albums (OCC)[31] 16
US Prime Album Gross sales (Billboard)[32] 72
US Rock Album Gross sales (Billboard)[33] 28
US Different Album Gross sales (Billboard)[34] 14


  • Kurt Cobain – lead vocals, guitar
  • Krist Novoselic – bass guitar
  • Dave Grohl – drums, backing vocals

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