Welcome To Seattle Story
On their way to the top, Seattle became the stop Nirvana was known for. This features the parts of the exhibit during those times. Photo by Doug Cooper
SV- I'd completely forgotten that Nirvana had opened for Chemistry Set at the Central Tavern, until years later when guitarist Tom Ewers reminded me of the North drum kit, which hangs from the ceiling above this exhibit. They were very distinctive drums, fiberglass shells rather than wood, that swoop out into bell shapes, supposedly to project the sound...usually associated with fusion jazz players like Billy Cobham, punk/metal hybrid bands, not so much. That triggered memories of kind of a sloppy but fun band, Tom and our other guitarist and front man Scott Sutherland not liking them much, but Bruce Pavitt and John Poneman sitting like bookends at the edge of either side of the stage, rocking back and forth autistically the way Bill Gates does now. Charlie Cross, former Rocket owner/editor and author of the Kurt bio "Heavier than Heaven" told me this was their second show in Seattle, and the man does very thorough research. The Central tavern in Pioneer square, the Vogue, the Ditto, the Rainbow in the U district, the Gorilla Rooms, the Metropolis, Squid Row on Capitol Hill, some of the small places where this Seattle thing festered and flourished in it's own weird way. Tons of great bands.