Live music has definitely been turned on its head as we are forced to bunker down in our homes away from harms way of COVID-19. One of the most interesting performances I’ve seen in recent weeks is Post Malone’s Nirvana Tribute raising funds for The United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for The World Health Organization (WHO) in support of COVID-19 relief efforts raising well over $US 2.5 million which was match matched by Google taking this amount to $US 5 million and beyond no doubt.
Post Malone pulled it off famously with Travis Barker (Blink 182) on drums, Nick Mack on guitar and Brian Lee on bass. As Postie himself said of this event “we just want to fuck around and have a good time” adding that “it is important to kick this shit in the arse.”
I’m not sure if it is ironic but I think we have been waiting for Nirvana tribute that we’ll all be talking about for some time. Well, we got it! By a rapper as well! Post Malone isn’t scared to do what others won’t by having fun and paying tribute to one of musical heroes. Postie proved you don’t need to sound the same or be radically different to be entertaining. There were some ripper covers with Drain You, Come As You Are, Heart-Shaped Box, About A Girl for starters.
Post Malone revealed that he was really proud of the new music he was working on and hoped to get his new album out as soon as he can. His attire was interesting, wearing a dress throughout, not sure if that is a result of being cooped at home for too long but after getting everyone to “re-beer” and ensuring his dress is unfettered it was back to the music.
The grittiness of Lithium was great as was Breed and On A Plain. The performance even got the nod of approval from founding bassist Krist Novoselic on Twitter. What a way to finish on Territorial Pissings and In Bloom with a playful Be Bop Boop in there as well. We can only hope there’s more performances like this.
Live Review By Rob Lyon
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